Trauma and Resilience Speakers
It is often said that art is impossible to define, though "you know it when you see it." Is this what trauma is like? To be sure, trauma seems difficult if not possible to define. Yet, insidiously, because of the innumerable forms and shapes it takes, many of us would not even recognize trauma when we see it. Perhaps provisionally, we can define trauma as anything that shatters one's trust in the world. Or further: trauma occurs when the very tools we use to build trust in the world are those things by which we've been betrayed. How does one cope, when the usual ways to cope are the things that cause harm? During Trauma and Resilience, our many speakers will present trauma from a variety of angles to help us not only recognize how trauma affects all corners of life--from relationships, to communities, to politics, to literature--but also how we can begin to help one another heal and move beyond brokenness into resilience.
BEN SAND (PLENARY SPEAKER ONE) - Trauma and Youth
The future will require us to raise-up leaders prepared to engage a constantly changing world—where access to information brings trauma front and center at a moment’s notice. Ben Sand, CEO of Portland Leadership Foundation, will discuss how we can collectively work with young people to raise them up through trauma into resilience.
ERIC KNOX (PLENARY SPEAKER TWO) - Trauma and Race
A pastor at Imago Dei's Eastside location and founder of Holla Mentors who "stand in the gap to change the story so commonly understood for black and brown children through mentorship," Eric will be presenting a plenary session on "Trauma and Race."
J. DAVE KINZIE, M.D. (PLENARY SPEAKER THREE) - The Psychology of Trauma
Dr. Kinzie specializes in Adult-Outpatient Psychiatry at the Oregon Health and Sciences University, and in particular specializes in the psychiatric treatment of refugees, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression. He is our third plenary presenter, and will be sharing on the psychological effects of trauma.
DR. PAUL LOUIS METZGER (CONFERENCE INTRODUCTION)
The Director of The Institute for Cultural Engagement: New Wine, New Wineskins, and Professor of Theology of Culture at Multnomah University and Biblical Seminary, Dr. Metzger will be giving introductory reflections on theology and culture, framing the themes of the conference into the broader vision of New Wine, New Wineskins.
DR. LAURA GARDNER (Workshop and Plenary Panelist) - Trauma and Resilience in Missionary Work
Dr. Gardner has worked for Wycliffe Bible Translators and the Summer Institute for Linguistics for over fifty years, and is the author of Healthy, Resilient, & Effective in Cross-Cultural Ministry. During that time she was a pioneer of introducing issues of trauma and resilience into training for missionary work, and will be presenting on how trauma manifests in the missionary field. In addition, Dr. Gardner will be one of several on our closing plenary panel session.
Adam Ristick (Workshop - Trauma and Youth
Adam Ristick is the Director of Scholarships and Internships at the Portland Leadership Foundation, and has recently been highlighted as an emerging leader focusing on bridging the graduation gap for underrepresented students. He will be co-presenting a workshop on Trauma and Youth leadership training with Ben Sand (above).
JR LILLY (Workshop) - Indigenous Resilience and Healing
Development Manager at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), JR Lilly with several of his colleagues from NAYA, will present on indigenous resilience and healing. They write: "The Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) is a Portland based organization that provides culturally-specific programs and services that guide our people in the direction of personal success and balance through cultural empowerment. Listen to the stories of trauma and resilience from 3 Indigenous Community Leaders, JR Lilly-Development Manager, Abby Gassama-Healing Circle Manager and Alise Sanchez-Child and Family Services Manager. With issues domestic and sexual violence or with the high number of Tribal Youth in our Foster Care System, see how we use cultural practices and ceremony to bring healing to families."
Abby Gassama - Indigenous Resilience and Healing
Abby is Healing Circle Manager at NAYA and will be presenting with J.R. Lilly and Alise Sanchez on Indigenous Resilience and Healing. They write: "The Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) is a Portland based organization that provides culturally-specific programs and services that guide our people in the direction of personal success and balance through cultural empowerment. Listen to the stories of trauma and resilience from 3 Indigenous Community Leaders, JR Lilly-Development Manager, Abby Gassama-Healing Circle Manager and Alise Sanchez-Child and Family Services Manager. With issues domestic and sexual violence or with the high number of Tribal Youth in our Foster Care System, see how we use cultural practices and ceremony to bring healing to families."
Alise Sanchez - Indigenous Resilience and Healing
Alise Sanchez is the Child and Family Services Manager at NAYA, and will be presenting on Indigenous Resilience and Healing. They write: "The Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) is a Portland based organization that provides culturally-specific programs and services that guide our people in the direction of personal success and balance through cultural empowerment. Listen to the stories of trauma and resilience from 3 Indigenous Community Leaders, JR Lilly-Development Manager, Abby Gassama-Healing Circle Manager and Alise Sanchez-Child and Family Services Manager. With issues domestic and sexual violence or with the high number of Tribal Youth in our Foster Care System, see how we use cultural practices and ceremony to bring healing to families."
DR. ROBERT POTTER (Workshop and Plenary Panelist) - Trauma and Politics
Robert Potter's professional life has combined medical practice (M.D.), teaching, and bioethics consultation. He practiced internal medicine and geriatrics for 30 years, and also holds a Ph.D. in Religion from the University of Chicago Divinity School. From 1994 until his retirement in 2004, he was the bioethics scholar, instructor, and consultant for the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, MO, and from 2004 to 2014 he was Senior Scholar for the Center for Ethics in Healthcare at OHSU. In addition to his workshop, Dr. Potter will be one of several members on our closing plenary panel session.
DR. STEVE KOLMES (Workshop and Plenary Panelist) - Trauma and the Environment
Steve Kolmes is the Director of the Environmental Studies Program, Professor of Biology, and the occupant of the Rev. John Molter, C.S.C. Chair in Science at the University of Portland. He has served on government scientific advisory panels such as NOAA-Fisheries Technical Recovery Team for the Willammette and Lower Columbia Rivers, and will be talking about how trauma shapes, and is shaped by, our current environmental issues.
DR. DOMANI POTHEN (Workshop and Plenary Panelists) - Trauma Fiction
Domani Pothen is Professor of English at Multnomah University, and received her Doctorate of Arts from Idaho State University. Trauma as a reality is peculiar in that by its very nature it often eludes our ability to process or represent it. Dr. Pothen will be presenting on how trauma appears in literature, how we attempt to represent it, and how great literature can open our eyes to profound ways of surviving and perhaps eventually even moving beyond trauma.
CHRIS HAUGHEE (Workshop) - Children and Families Living with Trauma
The Reverend Chris Haughee is a licensed minister of the Evangelical Covenant Church and has served as chaplain of Intermountain's residential services since 2012. Chris is currently in the final year of a Doctor of Ministry in Cross-Cultural Engagement program. Chris will be co-presenting on "Building Resilience Though Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Your Faith Community."
KIM KONKEL (Workshop and Plenary Panelist) - Children and Families Living with Trauma
Kimberly Konkel serves as the Associate Director for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, where she leads the work to combat the four co-occurring epidemics of suicide, violence, untreated mental illness, and addiction. Along with Chris Haughee (above) Kim will be co-presenting a workshop on "Building Resilience through Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Your Faith Community." In addition, Kim will be on the closing Plenary panel.
DR. KAREN FANCHER (Workshop) - Ethnic Cleansing, Refugees, and Trauma
Dr. Karen Fancher specializes in understanding the impact of war-related trauma in the country of Sudan and elsewhere, and is currently a Professor at Multnomah University in the MAGDJ (Master of Arts in Global Development of Justice). She will be presenting a workshop on how war and its resulting trauma impacts individual and communal psyches, and how it is so necessary to understand these situations to move forward to bring hope and healing to the world.
DR. MIKE GURNEY (Workshop) - Helping Veterans With Post-Traumatic Stress
Michael Gurney is professor of philosophy and theology at Multnomah University. He served in the United States Navy ('81-'87) in the Naval Nuclear Power program on the USS Truxtun before attending Multnomah Bible College. He holds a Master's in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot and a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen's Highland Theological College. Dr. Gurney will be sharing about the realities of Post-Traumatic stress among military veterans, and some ways the church can aid in their healing processes.
DR. Karl Kutz (Workshop) - Trauma in the Book of Job
Dr. Karl Kutz is the Chair of BIblical Languages at Multnomah University. His early research was in the Septuagint, and in particular the book of Job, focusing on how Greek translations of the Hebrew bible reflect interpretive strategies taking place in the Intertestamental period. Dr. Kutz will be guiding a workshop on how trauma is handled in the book of Job, helping us understand better what the profound and often perplexing text has to say to us today.
DR. STEVE TRACY (Workshop) - Sexual Trauma
Author of Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse, Steve Tracy is also the President and Founder of Mending The Soul Ministries. Bringing a unique theological and scientific approach, Steve's professional academic focus has been on sexuality, gender, and abuse. He will be presenting a workshop on understanding how we can help many who have suffered from relational and sexual abuse in all their complexities.
TRUDI SANG (Workshop Panelist) - Gender, Religion, and Trauma
A member of New Wine's Advisory Council, Trudi Sang has also been a long time participant in our monthly Christian-Buddhist potluck dialogues, in which we discuss our many similarities and differences with friends from a local Zen Buddhist monastery, Dharma Rain. Trudi will be serving as a panelist and moderator for a workshop panel featuring other New Wine and Buddhist participants on Gender, Religion, and Trauma.
GYOKUKO CARLSON (Workshop Panelist) - Gender, Religion, and Trauma
Abbot of the Dharma Rain Zen center, Gyokuko is a longtime dialogue partner with New Wine, New Wineskins. She will be one of a few Dharma Rain Zen Center members on the Gender, Religion, and Trauma panel, and is sure to provide stimulating discussion on this sensitive topic.
DR. BRAD HARPER (Workshop Panelist) - Gender, Religion, and Trauma
Dr. Harper is New Wine's Associate Director, and the author of Space at the Table: Conversations Between an Evangelical Theologian and His Gay Son. He will also be serving as a panel member on the Gender, Religion, and Trauma panel, which is shaping up to be an opportunity for some in-depth dialogue and tough questions.
Sara Mannen (Workshop - Gender, Religion, and Trauma)
Sara Mannen is currently a graduate student at Multnomah Seminary and a New Wine intern. She is actively engaged in many of New Wine's events, including our Buddhist-Evangelical dialogues, and will be moderating the Gender, Religion, and Trauma panel.
BEATRIX LI (Conference Emcee)
A Portland, Oregon native, Beatrix is currently an undergraduate at Multnomah University studying in the Global Studies program in culture and diversity. She is passionate about psychology, racial justice, art, playing piano; and she loves watching the Daily Show with Trevor Noah. She is excited for the Trauma and Resilience conference, and is reminded of Henri Nouwen’s reflections on God’s suffering for us: “The way out of our loss and hurt is in and through.”
Mike Higgs - Listening and Prayer
Mike and Terri Higgs are the founding partner, with his wife Terri, of sondance, an Idaho-based nonprofit. Mike serves on the board of Directors of the Sun Valley Institute for Resilience and is the founder of the Cary/Picabo Chamber of Commerce. He and Terri are mentors with the Sun Valley Band of Angels and Mentors and Ketchum Innovation Center, and serve together on America's National Prayer Committee. Mike served as the Executive Director of the Portland Youth Foundation from 1992 through 2000, and now spends 3-5 days a month in Portland as the Lead Curator of the Portland Collective. He was also Adjunct Professor of Youth Ministry at Multnomah University from 1989-1991. They have graciously agreed to make themselves available during our conference to pray with any who are interested throughout the day!