College of Arts & Letters, University of Notre Dame
Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame
Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame
The Graduate School, University of Notre Dame
Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame
Indiana University School of Medicine, and
The John Templeton Foundation
This web-site provides the proceedings from the conference on religious coping, held at the University of Notre Dame from 3-5 December 2006. The conference gathered some of the most eminent scholars in the field. An anthology will be published with the final papers of each speaker. This web-site provides the different presentations as video-files that you can view on-line. However, these presentations are very different from the content of the final papers. Furthermore, you can download the abstracts and / or PowerPoint-presentations of most of the talks.
This web-site is sponsored by the departments of Psychology and Theology of Notre Dame the Indiana University School of Medicine and the John Templeton Foundation. The conference and its proceedings represent a conversation between disciplines that have developed individual perspectives on faith and health but have only recently begun to integrate them. Hence, the main thrust was to bring scholars from theology, medicine, and psychology together in a way that allowed them to not only present information from their respective disciplines but also to integrate that information in order to set a new agenda for the field of faith and health. As an institution with high academic standards as well as deep roots in Christianity, The University of Notre Dame is able to draw from the Christian tradition particular on issues of importance to the question of religious coping Future endeavors will explore connections with other faith traditions.
Because of the broad base of knowledge that was presented at the conference, the different contributions are of value to people from a wide variety of professions and stages in career development. Thus, undergraduate and graduate students, scholars, health care professionals, therapists and people serving in ministry will be able to enrich their knowledge of this vital interface of theory and practice. The ultimate purpose of the conference and its proceedings is to alleviate the pain of those who suffer by focusing on the religious dynamics at play in suffering.