IASC Board 2015

Claudia Kohli Reichenbach, PhD, is director of the Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Training Programs in Switzerland and current President of IASC. She is also involved in the academic programme for the newly designed track for spiritual care, linking three disciplines. Her present research project deals with questions about spiritual care before and after giving birth. Kohli Reichenbach received her Masters Degree from Boston/Cambridge USA in 2008, focusing on Spirituality. In 2010 she submitted her doctoral dissertation in Spiritual Direction at Zurich University. Publication relevant for the topic: Gleichgestaltet dem Bild Christi. Kritische Untersuchungen zur Geistlichen Begleitung als Beitrag zum Spiritualitätsdiskurs, De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston 2011.

Sarah Bernstein, PhD, is the Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations (JCJCR). Born and brought up in the UK, and with a background as a lawyer and mediator, for the last fifteen years she has been working in Jerusalem in the field of peace-building and coexistence work, specializing in interreligious dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. She was awarded her PhD in Peace and Reconciliation Studies by Coventry University in England for her thesis on the theme of ‘Narratives of Belonging: Life Stories of Jewish-Israeli Women in Jerusalem.’ The Healing Hatred program about which she will speak is a partnership between JCJCR, the Holy Land Trust in Bethlehem and the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem.

Pamela Cooper-White, PhD, is transitioning this summer from the Ben G. & Nancye Clapp Gautier chair in Pastoral Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary and Co-Director of the Atlanta ThD program in Pastoral Counseling to begin a new position as Professor of Psychology and Religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York. She was the 2013-14 Fulbright-Freud Scholar of Psychoanalysis in Vienna, Austria, at the Sigmund Freud Museum, and the University of Vienna. Cooper-White is the author of 5 books, including Braided Selves: Collected Essays on Multiplicity, God, and Persons (2011); Many Voices: Pastoral Psychotherapy and Theology in Relational Perspective (2007); Shared Wisdom: Use of the Self in Pastoral Care and Counseling (2004); The Cry of Tamar: Violence Against Women and the Church’s Response (2nd edition 2012); Schoenberg and the God Idea: The Opera ‘Moses und Aron’ (1985); as well as a new book co-authored with Michael Cooper-White, Explorations in Practices of Ministry (2014). She has published over 70 articles and anthology chapters, and has lectured frequently across the U.S., as well as in Vienna, Budapest, Bern, and Prague. Dr. Cooper-White is an ordained Episcopal priest and a clinical Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and serves on the Steering Committee of the Psychology, Culture & Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Pastoral Theology.

Abdelmalek Hibaoui, PhD, is an Imam and teaches Islamic Religion at the Center for Islamic Theology at the University of Tübingen. He has been working for several years in the department of Integration Policies at the City of Stuttgart and is a member of the German Islam Conference.

Georg Wenz, PhD. After studying theology, religions, and philosophy, he became pastor of the Protestant Church of Palatinate, Germany. He is vice-director of the Protestant Academy Landau and Church-delegate in Christian-Muslim encounter. As an adjunct professor for Christian-Muslim topics, he teaches at the Technical University of Darmstadt as well as at the University of Koblenz-Landau. He was co-initiator of the Landau-Mannheim training-model in Islamic pastoral care in hospitals and emergency cases and is co-editor of two volumes about Islamic pastoral care in Germany.