I slept but my heart was awake

Reclaiming the Song of Songs as a Resource for Contemporary Spirituality

Her lecture explored Song of Songs in the Old Testament as a resource for a contemporary spirituality that is attentive to the goodness of the body, cultivates a posture of devotion towards the world and others, and seeks intimacy with God.

This lecture – edited on this video – was delivered in All Hallows College, Dublin on 7th December 2010.  It was the final lecture in a lecture Series in Contemporary Spirituality.

Prof Stephanie Paulsell

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Stephanie Paulsell joined the faculty of Harvard Divinity School (HDS) in 2001 as Lecturer on Ministry and was appointed associate dean for ministry studies in 2003. She served in the post of associate dean until 2005, when she was appointed Houghton Professor of the Practice of Ministry Studies.

Before coming to Harvard, she served as director of ministry studies and Senior Lecturer in Religion and Literature at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Chicago, and an undergraduate degree from Greensboro College.

She studies the points of intersection between intellectual work and spiritual practice, between the academic study of religion and the practices of ministry, and between the contemplative and active dimensions of the vocations of minister and teacher.

She is the author of Honoring the Body: Meditations on a Christian Practice and co-editor of The Scope of Our Art: The Vocation of the Theological Teacher.

She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).