The former Dean of Houston’s Christ Church Cathedral, the Very Reverend J. Pittman McGehee, will present the 2015 Kerley Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 20. This lectureship is funded by the Kerley Endowment for Spiritual Advancement and Understanding, one of several lectureships funded through the St. Paul's Methodist Foundation of Houston. This lecture is co-sponsored by Houston's Christ Church Cathedral and The Jung Center.
From the cathedral, in 1991 McGehee became the director of The Institute for the Advancement of Psychology and Spirituality. The Institute joins the disciplines of psychology and religion by exploring the concept that mental health comes with the integration of the biological, psychological, and spiritual elements of the human condition.
Currently in private practice as a priest/psychoanalyst and teacher/lecturer, based in Austin, he is an adjunct lecturer at The University of Texas, an adjunct instructor at Saybrook University in California, and a Faculty Member of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland.
His books include The Invisible Church: Finding Spirituality Where You Are, The Paradox of Love, and Raising Lazarus: The Science of Healing the Soul.
In addition to his teaching and prose writing, McGehee is known for his poetry. His work has been chosen for the juried Houston Poetry Fest, and his poems “Ash Wednesday,” “Pegasus,” and “Semination” were published in the Poetry Fest Anthology. His poems also have appeared in the Cimarron Review, the Anglican Theological Review, the St. Luke’s Journal, plus In Art, Cite, Windhover, and New Texas magazines.
Cathedral Vision Week
This year's Kerley Lecture is presented as part of St. Paul's Cathedral Vision Week.