Carroll College's Annual Faith and Reason Lecture: Dr. Jessica Coblentz, PhD presents Depression as a Wilderness Experience: Some Theological Resources for Life with Depression. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Brought to you by Carroll College Academic Affairs, Theology Dept., and the Sister Annette Moran Center.
Depression, like other forms of suffering, frequently engenders disorientation and difficult questions: What is happening? Why is this happening? And what is one to do amid such pain? Depression sufferers and those who accompany them sometimes turn to faith communities for answers, and though some find solace in the theological and practical responses they receive, many Christians are left searching. Coblentz’s book Dust in the Blood: A Theology of Life with Depression (Liturgical Press) adds to the Christian theological resources available to depression sufferers and those who accompany them. This lecture will introduce one such resource—an understanding of depression as a wilderness experience—and explore its implications for Christian interpretations of and responses to life with depression.
About Jessica Coblentz, PhD
Jessica Coblentz, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Theology at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, where her research and teaching focuses on Catholic systematic theology, feminist theologies, and mental health in theological perspective.