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Keynote Speakers 2018

Lisa Miller

Opening Plenary:
Thursday, October 25, 2018
(1.0 CE)

Lisa Miller

“The Spiritual Child:
Implications of Science for Healing and Growth”

Abstract: Psychologist Lisa Miller presents the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality. She explains the clear, scientific link between spirituality and health and shows that children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality:

  • are 40% less likely to use and abuse substances
  • are 60% less likely to be depressed as teenagers
  • are 80% less likely to have dangerous or unprotected sex

have significantly more positive markers for thriving including an increased sense of meaning and purpose, and high levels of academic success.

Combining cutting-edge research with broad anecdotal evidence from her work as a clinical psychologist to illustrate just how invaluable spirituality is to a child’s mental and physical health, Miller translates these findings into practical advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop and encourage their children’s—as well as their own—well-being. In this provocative, conversation-starting book, Dr. Miller presents us with a pioneering new way to think about parenting our modern youth.

Helen Harris

Alan Keith-Lucas Lecture:
Friday, October 26, 2018
(1.0 CE)

Helen Wilson Harris

“Prescience, Prophecy, and Prayer:
Our Faithful Future”

Abstract: Faith and social work practice, historical roots, prophetic voices, and a way forward are the focus of this presentation.  We will explore the words of Alan Keith-Lucas, applied to current challenges in social work, and examine the prophetic possibilities for social workers whose faith is core to their practice.

Rev. Eugene Rivers

Banquet Speaker:
Saturday, October 27, 2018
(1.0 CE)

Rev. Eugene Rivers

“Racial Justice and Reconciliation in Our Times”

Abstract: During this presentation, Rev. Rivers will describe how he and other clergy harnessed the energy, resources, and vitality of the faith community to work effectively with youth and gangs in the Boston area, as well as his current work with others on pressing racial justice and reconciliation issues in our times.