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Brita L Gill-Austern

Brita L Gill-Austern

Austin Philip Guiles Professor of Psychology and Pastoral Theology

B.A., University of California, Berkeley
M.Div., Harvard Divinity School, cum laude
Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, Calif.

Postgraduate study, Kantor Family Institute

Phone: Ext. 2360

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As a pastoral theologian, Brita Gill-Austern has a passion for teaching and creating a community of learning where the care of persons is embodied in a pedagogy that engages head and heart.  For many years her academic interests and specializations have centered around: the integration of faith, health and spirituality, the psychology and spirituality of women, ecclesial models of care, the study of depression, and developmental psychology.  In the last several years her teaching, research and writing have turned to examine the intersection of love and justice in relation to the care of those made poor by practices of exclusion. This has led to working with students to cross geographical and conceptual borders to enhance their understanding of the forces that deepen poverty and create divisions between us. She is Faculty Director of Border-Crossing Immersions and has led border crossing trips to Nicaragua, El Salvador and Mexico for the last six years.  She has been committed for more than two decades to interfaith dialogue and work between Jews and Christians, and for the last several yearswith Muslims as well.  An underlying theme that weaves through all her work is the centrality of connection to all healing, and fostering those practices of connection that can bring healing to individuals, communities and society as a whole.

As a board member of Communities Without Borders, she is active in work to stop the spread of global AIDS and to educate AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children in Zambia and India, to ensure a more hopeful future for them and our world. She is an ordained United Church of Christ pastor, and served in three parishes in Pennsylvania and California for eight years before joining the faculty at ANTS in 1988.In a co-edited volume, Feminist and Womanist Pastoral Theology, she and Bonnie Miller McLemore lift up the contributions of feminism and womanism to the discipline of pastoral theology.  She has contributed many articles and chapters to the field of pastoral theology.

INTE 602Y [BC]: CPE at Hebrew SeniorLife/Hebrew Rehabilitation Center: Crossing Borders of Religion, Age, Ethinicity and Socio-economic Status
INTE 605Y [BC]: Seminarians in the City
PSYF/CHRS 762F: Spiritual Practices for Healing and Wholeness
PSYP 625F: Pastoral Care and Counseling on the Edge: Fostering Resiliency in Crisis
WREL/JUST 612W [BC]: Understanding the Dual Narratives of Israel and Palestine: A Step Toward Transformation

Book Review: Children and Poverty: Love, Justice and Responsibility
Feminist Pedagogy: Under the Influence of Feminism
Feminist and Womanist Pastoral Theology
The Braid of Generations:  A Model of Family Ministry in a Synagogue
Responding to a Culture Ravenous for Soul Food
She Who Desires:  The Transformative Power of Subjectivity in Women’s Experience
Book Review: Hope in Pastoral Care and Counseling
What Love Understood as Self Sacrifice and Self Denial Does to Women
Rediscovering Hidden Treasures for Pastoral Care
Book Review: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Religion: Transference and Transcendence
Book Review: Women in Travail and Transition:  A New Pastoral Care
Book Review: Between Feminism and Psychoanalysis
A Ministry of Presence
Engaging Diversity and Difference:  From Practices of Exclusion to Practices of Practical Solidarity
Called to Go Forth:  Armed with Weapons of the Spirit
The Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Impact of Trauma
Spiritual Practices:  How Do They Contribute to Psychological, Spiritual and Physical Healing
Becoming She Who Desires:  The Transformative Power of Subjectivity in Women’s Psychological and S
Pastoral Counseling:  The Art of Ascetic Witnessing