Gold & Clay 2017

For you did not make God, but God you. If, then, you are God’s workmanship, await the hand of your Maker which creates everything in due time; in due time as far as you are concerned, whose creation is being carried out. Offer to Him your heart in a soft and tractable state, and preserve the form in which the Creator has fashioned you, having moisture in yourself, lest, by becoming hardened, you lose the impressions of His fingers... the moist clay which is in you is hidden [there] by the workmanship of God. His hand fashioned your substance; He will cover you over within and without with pure gold and silver...
— St. Irenaeus

Gold and Clay: Healing and Transformation in Jungian Psychology and Orthodox Christianity

On May 13th, 2017, under the auspices of The Sophia Institute International Center for Eastern Orthodox Thought and Culture at Union Theological Seminary in New York, we held a preliminary meeting of Orthodox Christian theologians, clergy, chaplains and counselors and Jungian psychoanalysts.

The topic of the meeting was a sharing of perspectives on healing and human flourishing in light of modern societal trends, including those within mental health care and pastoral care. The first part of the day was a private consultation between the core participants, followed by two panel discussions open to the public from 2pm-5.30pm.

Meeting Chair: Pia Chaudhari, Ph.D.

Meeting Co-Chair: Fr. Adrian Budica, Th.M.


The Symbolic Life and Liturgy

The Uses and Dangers of Fantasy

Eros and Desire in the Church and in the Clinical Setting

Ontology and Psyche (e.g. The Uncreated Energies of God and Psyche as Creation)

Deification and Individuation

Trauma, Healing and Salvation Narratives/Sacraments

The Feminine

Human Experiences: Despair, Suicide

The Priority of Experience: Religious and Psychic



Public Panel:

"Descent into the Heart: Clinical and Pastoral Perspectives on Anxiety and Depression"

Margaret Klenck, MDiv, LP

President, Jungian Psychoanalytic Assocation

Jungian Analyst

Rev. Sean A. Levine

Priest, Orthodox Church in America

Chaplain (Major) US Army

Michael Monhart, M.A., S.T.M.


Jungian Psychoanalytic Association

Rev. Adrian Budica Th.M.

ACPE Supervisor & Director of Field Education

St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary


"Images of Healing: Transformation, Transfiguration and Destiny"

Laura Josephson, CCH

Iconographer and Homeopath

Priscilla Rodgers, M.P.S.

Jungian Analyst

Jungian Psychoanalytic Association

Luis Joshua Salés, M.A.

PhD Candidate

Visiting Professor, Early Christianity

Morgan Stebbins,  M.Div, LMSW, NYPsyA, D.Min

Jungian Analyst

Jungian Psychoanalytic Association


5:00-5:45pm The Jesus Prayer 




…individuation is an expression of that biological process – simple or complicated as the case may be – by which every living thing becomes what it was destined to become from the beginning. This process naturally expresses itself in man as much psychically as somatically.
— Carl Jung