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SEEKING THE OTHER, FINDING THE SELF: The Christ As A Model for Individuation

  • Saturday, April 30, 2016
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Jung Society Library, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
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Saturday, April 30

A Day With...

Bill Dols 

Our time together this day will be devoted to texts from the New Testament read as mythic stories describing the life of Jesus as well as our own, the assumption being that the canonical gospels mirror the life-changing experiences of those who encountered Jesus in the first Century.  Once the stories began to be read as reportage of literal Jesus events, theologians captured the stories of experience in creeds and doctrine.  The challenge 2000 years later is to return not to creeds about Jesus Christ but to explore how our story is reflected in the Jesus experiences of the gospel narratives.  Jesus in this way becomes a metaphor or parable of the Holy continuing to be experienced in our lives today.  We will be aided in our efforts to find Jesus and discover new dimensions of ourselves by poets Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Denise Levertov, and William Stafford as well as a clip from a contemporary film. Our time will be devoted to searching and asking questions about our paths toward individuation rather than telling or being offered answers.

Bill Dols has served parishes in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina as an Episcopal priest for twenty-five years. While pursuing graduate studies in psychology and biblical studies in Berkeley in the 1980s, he began leading seminars for The Guild For Psychological Studies in San Francisco. After eight years as Director of The Educational Center in St. Louis, he moved to Charlotte where, until his retirement in 2001, he served as Minister of Adult Education at The Myers Park Baptist Church. Bill and Shirley now live in Alexandria, where they tutor public-school first graders, quilt and garden, paint and read. Bill continues to contribute to The Bible Workbench, which he created and edited for twenty years, and on occasion, he leads weekend retreats.


The Jung Society of Washington is dedicated to nourishing the human spirit and to serving the longing that comes to us in our dreams and in moments of hardship, imagination, struggle, and creativity.  We support the exploration of our own psychic depths and the primal impulse for personality integration that Dr. Carl Gustav Jung called "individuation".  With a psychological lens, we deepen the discussion of social issues, history, and current events.  We encourage the development of greater self-awareness and creative expression—individually, in relationships, and within the community. 

5200 Cathedral Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016
CALL: 202-237-8109
EMAIL: jungsociety@jung.org

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Tuesday: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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BY CAR: From MacArthur Blvd., turn east (away from the Potomac River) onto Cathedral at the light between Loughboro and Arizona. 

Parking is available in the streets.
Entrance to the Jung Society library and office is from the side street, Hawthorne Place.

The Jung Society of Washington is a nonprofit educational institution. Although many of the Jung Society's programs involve analytical psychology and allied subjects, these offerings are intended, and should be viewed, as a source of information and education, and not as therapy. The Jung Society does not offer psychoanalytical or other mental health services.
Images of mandalas throughout this site were created by Carl Jung's patients between the years 1926 and 1945.

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