Infertility is an often silent and agonizing form of grief. It is rife with hope deferred and can threaten one’s sense of being whole, complete, and beloved. It stresses relationships and isolates socially. And the numbers of families impacted by infertility keeps growing as people wait until later in life to become parents. Come learn with us how to provide insightful, responsive care to those experiencing infertility and related reproductive loss.
Through plenary talks and breakout sessions we will explore how religious identity can affect one’s experience of infertility, both positively and negatively. We will hear how traditional biblical interpretations can be reframed for healing and hope. We will learn about effective therapeutic methods and religious liturgies for healing, as well as examine the moral dimensions of fertility treatments. We will ask together, “Can hope be re-conceived in the darkness of infertility?”
Presenters: Serene Jones and Joel Baden with Carrie Elkins and workshop presenters (see below)
Date: April 13, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
100 East 27th Street, Austin, 78705
Cost: $60 per person (includes lunch); $30 per person for groups of 3 or more. Scholarships Available.
0.7 Clergy CEUs; 5.0 SW CEUs
Recommended for clergy of all kinds; counselors, doulas, social workers, medical professionals, and all others interested in caring for those experiencing infertility, including themselves.
Plenary Session will be moderated by Cynthia Rigby, W.C. Brown Professor of Theology, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary