Soul Making: Learning to Live with the Paradox of Faith and Culture

Speaker: Categories: Feb 10, 1990


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[1hr, 12min, 29sec]


"In the world, but not of the world.

"Relevant, but not conforming."

"Warm, winsome, appealing, but uncompromising, distinctly different, and peculiar."

Not an easy lot for the Christian -- is it? Just how does one maintain a dynamic, yet stable and reliable, faith in an ever-changing cultural environment? At what point does the Christian adapt to and/or adopt the contemporary cultural mores? At what point does the Christian retrench and become insulated and isolated from the culture? And in doing all this, how can the followers of Yahweh, 1990, communicate God's love to a secular society?

Dr. Toshalis has proposed to focus our attention on "the tension between the journey of faith, as understood in the Christian tradition, and the adjustment myths of the contemporary American culture."

"Emphasis will be placed upon the experience of fear and trust as key variables in the development of faith, judgment, and social behavior. A key paradox to be explored is the tension between 'surrender,' as defined by our faith, and 'control,' as defined by our culture. The biblical images of the 'garden' and the 'desert' will serve as central metaphors in the presentation."


Dr. Toshalis earned his Bachelor's degree in 1966 at Albion College, Albion, Michigan, where he majored in Religion and Psychology. He has a Master of Divinity in Religion and Personality, 1969, and a Doctor of Religion in Personal Counseling, 1970 both from Chicago Theological Seminary. He has received training in Pastoral Care from the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. He has pursued additional post-graduate study in the Intensive Training Program in Gestalt Theory and Methods from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Most recently our February speaker completed the Samaritan Institute Leadership and Management Training Program in Denver, 1988-89.

Jerry Toshalis is an ordained Methodist minister under special appointment in Pastoral Counseling at the Samaritan Center of San Diego. He is a clinical member in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a Diplomat in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego and at United States International University.

His experience background includes that of pastor, college administrator, and counselor. He serves as a consultant to educational, religious, and health care institutions. Immediately preceding this month's FORUM meeting, January 25 - February 2, Dr. Toshalis will conduct an intensive couples retreat for all the Adventist Clergy and spouses in the Hawaiian Islands. Members of many San Diego SDA congregations have been blessed by his ministry.

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