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An Evening With Kenneth Kovacs: Jung and Keller: Caring for the Soul

  • Friday, May 20, 2022
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Zoom

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In 2020 the Philemon Foundation continued its commitment to making available the complete works of C. G. Jung by releasing another critical volume. On Theology and Psychology (Princeton University Press), edited by the Swiss historian Marianne Jehle- Wildberger, introduces the rich correspondence between Jung and Adolf Keller (1872-1963), Protestant pastor, theologian, and ecumenist.  Keller tirelessly searched for a bridge between depth psychology and pastoral theology, namely “Seelsorge,” the care of the soul, a passion shared also by Jung.  

Join us as we explore their close and, at times, tense friendship.  The letters show us a side of Jung’s personality that one often does not see; they show how Jung's ideas had a significant impact beyond the field of psychology and how religious and theological questions shaped Jung’s writings, particularly Answer to Job. 

The Jung-Keller correspondence provides a fascinating window into Jung’s understanding of religion, faith, and the central place that religious experience holds in the work of individuation.



Kenneth Kovacs, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst-in-training (Diploma candidate) at the C. G. Jung Institute-Küsnacht and a member of the board of directors of the Jung Society of Washington.  Kenneth is also a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), having worked in congregations in St. Andrews, Scotland; Mendham, N.J.; and currently in Catonsville, Maryland, for more than twenty years.  He is a graduate of Rutgers University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where he completed his Ph.D. in practical theology (theology and psychology).  He is the author of Encounter and Conviction: The Relational Theology of James E. Loder (Peter Lang, 2009) and Out of the Depths: Sermons and Essays (Parson’s Porch, 2016).


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