Virtual Conference – Moving Toward Wholeness: Traumatized Texts and Bodies


Friend of Trinity, Dr. Christopher Frechette, will be a featured speaker at a virtual conference sponsored by Wesley Theological Seminary entitled: “Moving Toward Wholeness: Traumatized Texts and Bodies.” The conference is free and open to the public and will be held online Friday, October 29, 2021 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Christopher’s talk is entitled: “Punishing and Compassionate: Biblical Images of God Engaged as Resilience Narratives in Safe Liturgical Spaces.” Employing insights from the study of trauma and resilience to interpret biblical images of God can open avenues for using those images to inform contemporary liturgical practice that supports resilience. Resilience here involves a dynamic, interactive, and ambivalent process that enables people to cope with psychological crises dominated by clashing understandings of self and world. 

Christopher G. Frechette is a childhood trauma therapist in the practice of Patrick Teahan, LICSW, and stands at the forefront among scholars who interpret biblical texts through the lens of trauma. He is co-editor of Bible through the Lens of Trauma (2016) and the author of multiple scholarly articles, including “Two Biblical Motifs of Divine Violence as Resources for Meaning-making in Engaging Self-blame and Rage after Traumatization,” Pastoral Psychology 66 (2017), 239-49. Formerly a Catholic priest, and a Jesuit from 1992-2013, he has extensive experience presiding at liturgy and preaching, especially in prison settings.