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Sabbatical Lecture: Dr. David Hogue

Deja Vu All Over Again: Memory, Ritual and Hope in Pastoral Care and Counseling

Dr. David Hogue
Professor of Pastoral Theology and Counseling
11:10 a.m. | Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful


About this Lecture

Neuroscientific research has long revealed memory’s dynamic nature: human beings never recall an event the same way twice. This capacity to “reimagine the past” means that the future is also open to possibility. In addition to highlighting the critical role that rituals play in consolidating and transforming memory, Dr. Hogue will also offer reflections on the significance of incorporating the neurosciences in pastoral theological scholarship, based on his work over the past thirty years.


About Dr. David Hogue

David Hogue is professor of pastoral theology and counseling at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. A licensed clinical professional counselor in the state of Illinois, Hogue is founding director of three counseling centers in Evanston located at First Presbyterian Church, Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center, and First United Methodist Church. He is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and served as the pastoral counselor for Community Church of Wilmette and First Congregational Church of Wilmette for over 15 years. In addition, Hogue has served on both the Committee on Preparation for Ministry and the Specialized Ministries Subcommittee for the Committee on Ministry for the Presbytery of Chicago.

Hogue is the author of Remembering the Future, Imagining the Past: Story, Ritual, and the Human Brain and several book chapters and journal articles exploring the intersection of ritual, liturgy, pastoral care and the neurosciences. He co-authored Promising Again with Herbert Anderson and Marie McCarthy. Originally published in 1995, Promising Again has stood the test of time and continues to be widely used by counseling professionals to this day. He is a member and past chair of the Society for Pastoral Theology where he helped develop the Pastoral Theology and Brain Sciences working group. Hogue sat on the editorial board for the Journal of Pastoral Theology and served a term as president of the editorial board for the Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of his research interests, Hogue’s membership in a wide range of professional associations includes: the American Association of Pastoral Counselors; the International Academy of Practical Theology; the International Society for Science and Religion, and the North American Academy of Liturgy.

He received a bachelor of arts in music and English at Greenville College before attending Indiana State University and attaining a master of science in education. Hogue graduated from Christian Theological Seminary with a master of divinity, and then received his doctor of philosophy in religious studies – pastoral psychology and counseling from the Garrett-Evangelical and Northwestern University joint doctor of philosophy program.

November 14, 2017

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston , IL 60201

This sabbatical lecture will be held in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful, located in the seminary's main building on the second floor. A reception will follow.