Our Brains … and Our Faiths

November 5, 2012

Our Brains … and Our Faiths

Saturday, November 17  (9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.)

Ralph Mecklenburger, Rabbi, Beth-El Congregation, Fort Worth

Presented by:  Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity, Brite Divinity School

Northway Christian Church, 7202 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX


Recent scientific research on the way the brain functions has revolutionized more than clinical psychology and medicine.  Our brains do not simply process information, they construct our reality and construe its meaning.  This has dramatic implications not only for medicine, but for education, investments, the arts … and religion.  Even as this concept might entail rethinking some classic religious doctrines it buttresses others and underlines the importance of religious faith and community.  Though he writes and speaks as a Rabbi, the way the brain functions is a universal, and after teaching Jewish-Christian Dialogue for many years at Brite Divinity School he seeks to address Christian as well as Jewish religious concerns.  This seminar will focus particularly on spirituality, free will and morality.


Ralph Mecklenburger has long served as adjunct faculty at Brite Divinity School.  His path-breaking new book, Our Religious Brains, was jointly published this year by a Jewish and a Christian imprint.  He earned a BA from the University of Cincinnati, and holds earned degrees and an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.  He has been President of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis, has co-chaired the Jewish-Christian Forum of the Texas Conference of Churches, and serves on the national Union for Reform Judaism’s Commission on Worship, Music and Religious Living.


Student registration is $5 and includes a light lunch.  To register see Sandy Brandon in MOR 20.