Sheri D. Kling is a scholar, teacher, author, and speaker who works at the intersection of theological/philosophical worldviews, spiritual practice, and ecology to construct ideas and practices that foster psycho-spiritual wholeness and common flourishing. Her life and work has centered around building a transforming faith and an authentic, sacred life through the spiritual practice of dream work as a means of navigation to encounter a living, divine presence that will transform our lives and hearts if we let it.
She is a nanosecond away from earning her PhD in Religion and Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology, and has a master of religion from the same institution and a master of theological studies from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She is currently seeking a full-time faculty or split faculty-administrative position.
Her goal is to construct a Jungian-influenced open and relational spiritual worldview to help facilitate transformation and revitalize relationships with God and all of embodied life. Other aspects of this research include: interreligious studies, Christology, ecofeminism, the thought of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, wisdom theology, and Christian spirituality/mysticism. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and the American Teilhard Association. She is also a singer, songwriter, guitarist and essayist and considers herself a “voice for transformation.”
Publications and Presentations
- Book chapter: “Avoiding a Fatal Error: Extending Whitehead’s Symbolism beyond Language,” in Rethinking Whitehead’s Symbolism: Thought, Language, and Culture, Edinburgh University Press, expected in 2017.
- Book chapter: “An Aesthetic Revolution of Love,” in For Our Common Home: Process-Relational Responses to Laudato Si’, Process Century Press, August 25, 2015.
- Dissertation: “Fragmentation, Integration, Transformation: Synthesizing Process Thought and Analytical Psychology to Construct a Transformative Relational-Imaginal Praxis for Psycho-Spiritual Wholeness and Flourishing,” February 2017.
- Book section: “Bifurcation: Divorce or Divergence?” Response to Jeffery D. Long (“Non-Duality, the Bifurcation of Nature, and the Question of Maya: the Integration of Jain, Vedantic, and Process Approaches to Deep Ecology”) and Donald A. Crosby (“In Imago Naturae: the Ultimacy of Nature as a Closing of the Gaps”), in Beyond the Bifurcation of Nature, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, November 2014.
- Journal Article: “Wisdom Became Flesh: An Analysis of the Prologue to the Gospel of John.” Currents in Theology and Mission, Vol. 40, No. 3, June 2013.
- Book Review: “The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology, by Grace Ji-Sun Kim.” Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, Issue 10, September 2012.
- Journal Article: “Darwin, Hubble, and God: Theologies of ‘The Fall’ in Light of Modern Science.” Claremont Journal of Religion, Issue 2, July 2012.
- Book: Finding Home: Rural Reflections on the Journey to Wholeness, an independently published compilation of essays that were first featured as a regular column in The Northeast Georgian newspaper, Clarkesville, GA, 2008.
Recent culture wars in the United States over issues of women’s reproductive rights and access to birth control as a matter of “religious freedom” reveal that Christians’ relationship to embodiment has improved little since Augustine. The Church’s dualistic tendency to value only that which is of the spirit and negate that which is of the body affects most of Western life – relationships between men and women, our views of sexuality, and our worsening destruction of the natural world. Might a recovered appreciation of desire and embodiment – already evident in Celtic spirituality and “incarnational mysticism” – open up new possibilities for transforming our world? This paper mines the writing of Alfred North Whitehead, C.G. Jung, and Beldon Lane for their ideas on Eros and desire to discover pathways in process theology, analytic psychology, and surprising aspects of Calvinist spirituality that offer a refreshing and appreciative view of embodiment.
To read more of her work, visit her academia.edu profile here.