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God and Therapy Evening Series with Chris Hyde, PhD.: Teresa of Avila: Your Pearl of Great Price

This evening of reflection is the eleventh in a monthly series exploring how spiritual wisdom enhances our understanding of human nature.  

Teresa of Avila often felt an intimate connection with God, a relationship much like a tender and invigorating engagement with a personal presence.  Despite much physical pain and emotional stress (the Inquisition, frenemies), Teresa felt that her Divine Companion drew close and kindled an invigorating love.  Teresa’s problems did not disappear, but they paled in comparison to feeling the close embrace of her Divine Companion.  Her book, The Interior Castle, describes psychological insights that are remarkably consistent with many of today’s therapists. 


Teresa’s recipe for drawing close to God was simple.  Start with humility: on my own, I am not the greatest, God is much more wonderful.  Know the various rooms in your Interior Castle and come to value that one extraordinary room within you that is not you, but where your Divine Companion can meet you.  Appreciate the extraordinary treasure that lies within you; for this reason, respect the amazing gift of personhood that God bestowed on you.  Be very clear about what matters most to you, your pearl of great price: your own way or that amazing way can be jointly created by you and your Divine Companion. 


This evening of reflection is a monthly series exploring how spiritual wisdom enhances our understanding of human nature; please feel free to join anytime for an evening.  The evenings of reflection, facilitated by Christopher Hyde, PhD, a clinical psychologist, 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. 

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Cost: A free will offering of $15 is suggested. 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. 


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.