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God and Therapy Evening Series with Chris Hyde, PhD.: Neuroscience and Attunement: Deeply Knowing Another

This evening’s talk will integrate several strands of research and wisdom about how we connect with others.  Neuroscience describes attunement and the neural underpinnings of how people connect in an empathic ways.  Psychologists and ethologists define attachment as the variety of early patterns of connection built by children and parents and later in life the patterns built by partners in intimate relationships.  Mystics describe how people deepen their spiritual connection with the divine by receiving love and then dedicating themselves to their deepest values.  The evening will explore how these perspectives might enhance and strengthen each other. 

This evening of reflection is the eighth in a monthly series exploring how spiritual wisdom enhances our understanding of human nature.  This evening of reflection will be facilitated by Christopher Hyde, PhD, a clinical psychologist.  The evening will include a presentation, discussion and experiential activities with an opportunity to interact with other attendees.

To Register for this evening: Please fill out the form below or call the Jesus House office at 302.995.6859. This program is free.

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Common Theme of the Series
A series of informal gatherings will explore how spiritual insights can enhance our understanding of ourselves. The main thread of these meetings is weaving together spiritual and psychological wisdom. We often face anxiety, disconnection, anger and hopeless in our lives; we also experience the joy of closeness with another person, humble service, curiosity and creativity. Both spirituality and psychology address these issues, but their contributions are not always integrated. Each evening’s topic will integrate a specific spiritual teaching with concepts and wisdom from psychology. The goal is to enrich our approach to both the difficulties and joys of life.

Schedule of Monthly Topics on 2nd Monday of the Month:

  • 1/9/17    Teresa of Avila: Integrating our spiritual and psychological sides
  • 2/13/17  Thomas Keating: We are a mixed bag: True Self and False Self
  • 3/13/17  Quaker Wisdom: Discerning personal thoughts from divine leadings
  • 4/10/17 Gerald May: Desire and connection with God
  • 5/8/17   Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz; Jesus Scholars: The Kin-dom of God
  • 6/12/17  Harville Hendrix, John Gottman: Couples Therapy and our relationship with God
  • 7/10/17  Martin Buber: Friendly Universe or Personal God? (I-It or I-Thou relationship?)
  • 8/14/17  Neuroscience and Attunement: Deeply Knowing the Another’s Spirit
  • 9/11/17   Psychological implications of Marcus Borg’s views of God
  • 10/9/17  Martin Buber: I-It and I-Thou relationships
  • 11/13/17  Teresa of Avila: Our Pearl of Great Price
  • December no meeting

A Warm Welcome to All: People from all religious traditions are welcome at these meetings. Wisdom from all traditions will be included as appropriate to the topic. 

For more information: Email Chris Hyde at or phone at 410.398.1993. 

Dr. Chris Hyde, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked in various settings: therapy services in inner city schools, the adolescent judicial system as well as traditional clinics; he has done physiological research on ADHD and aggression; he does program evaluation for trauma treatment. He has studied classical and modern spirituality for many years.He currently provides private-practice psychotherapy as well as Spirit-informed coaching in his office near Newark, DE.

This program is free.  Jesus House is able to offering programming through the generousity of our donors.  You may make a free will offering online - click on the Donate button, or at the door.  All offerings go to support the programs of the Jesus House.  Light refreshments will be provided.