2017 ETS Annual Meeting Sessions

2017 Invited Session Theme (Thursday Morning, Nov. 16):
Madness: Evangelical Pastoral Care in the Age of Psychiatry

  • Heather Hartung Vacek,
    Author of Madness: American Protestant Responses to Mental Illness, 
    Vice President for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of Church History
    Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

    Recent History in American Protestant Responses to Mental Illness

  • Hans Madueme,
    Assistant Professor of Theological Studies,
    Covenant College

    Considerations for a Theology of Mental Illness

  • Joshua Jipp,
    Assistant Professor of New Testament.
    Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

    New Testament Hospitality and Mental Illness

  • Mike Emlet,
    Author of forthcoming book: Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications.
    Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF)

    A Biblical Perspective on Psychoactive Medications

Call for Papers for Open Session (Thursday Afternoon, Nov. 16)

“Madness: Evangelical Pastoral Care in the Age of Psychiatry” is a stimulating and timely theme. This is likely to generate interest from a variety of academic and ministry disciplines. Evangelical positions on pastoral care regarding mental illness have not been uniform. Controversy has been the norm. Given the reformation theme of ETS this year, our section presentations will build on the historical review provided in the text by Dr. Vacek. Each presenter will offer contemporary biblical and theological perspectives.

Submissions that touch on this theme will be given priority. Our practice for our open session presentations is that any proposals that connect theology to pastoral care and counseling is welcome. Proposals rated by our section peer reviewers may be recommended for placement in general ETS sessions. The specialty discipline of the presenter (s) does not to be in counseling. Jointly prepared, cross-discipline papers are encouraged. This is an encouragement to pair those invested in biblical or theological disciplines with those in pastoral and counseling ministry.

Our expectation is that the papers in this section are on their way to publication. Session discussions provides peer consultation and should stimulates dialogue across specializations.