7th International Conference Plenary Speakers
Dr. Rebecca A. Giselbrecht, BS, MAGL, M.Div, Ph.D, is Director of the Center for the Academic Study of Christian Spirituality and Mandated Teaching Staff at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and Affiliate Assistant Professor of History and Spirituality at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena. Her recent publications include Sacrality and Materiality: Locating Intersections (V&R Publishing) and Hör nicht auf zu singen: Zeuginnen der Schweizer Reformation (TVZ Zurich). Chapters and articles by Rebecca on Christian education, spiritual formation, evangelism and interreligious dialogue are forthcoming in both English and German. Her current research explores secular and Christian methodology to develop a common language for spiritual formation in the third and fourth age, and editing and translating a book of prayers and the letters of a sixteenth-century noblewomen from Alsace.
Dr. Rebeca A. Giselbrecht
University of Zurich, Switzerland
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena
Rev. Nancy R. Gordon
California Lutheran Homes Center for Spirituality and Aging
Dr. Margaret P. Moss
School of Nursing
University of Buffalo
Dr. Bruce A. Stevens
Charles Sturt University
Professor Bruce A. Stevens earned his Ph.D at Boston University in 1987. He holds the Wicking Chair of Ageing and Practical Theology at Charles Sturt University, Canberra Australia. He was ordained in the Anglican Church and has worked as a clinical psychologist for nearly thirty years. He is an endorsed clinical and forensic psychologist who has specialized in helping couples for over twenty years, and has written seven books for leading publishers such as Random House, Harper Collins, PsychOz Publications, Australian Academic Press and Wiley-Blackwell.
Margaret P. Moss, Ph.D, JD, RN, FAAN, an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation (Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota) is Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion/Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo, School of Nursing. She is the first and only American Indian to hold both nursing and juris doctorates. As a RWJF Health Policy Fellow she staffed the US Senate Special Committee on Aging (2008-9) and was lead staff on the now enacted National Alzheimer’s Project Act. Dr. Moss recently published the first nursing textbook on American Indian health (Springer 2015). She was a 2014 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal/Indigenous Life and Culture in the North American Context at McGill University, Montreal, QC (2014), and was on faculty at Yale University (2010-2015), where she directed both the Masters and Doctoral programs on leadership and Policy. Dr. Moss earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of Texas, Houston HSC and her JD from Hamline University School of Law in St Paul, MN. Dr. She was a tenured faculty (2006) during her time at the University of Minnesota 2000-2010. Dr. Moss’ clinical experience, included being staff nurse and then House Supervisor and Patient Education Specialist at the US Public Health Service, Indian Health Service/ Santa Fe Indian Hospital (1991– 1996). Her research methods have included ethnography, geographical information systems, survey, and other qualitative methods. Dr. Moss has published papers primarily focused on American Indian Elders, Zuni Elders & Aging, Migration & Re-Migration of Am Indians and the Impact on Elders. She is a popular speaker and has delivered more than 80 invited papers internationally and nationally on health disparities, Indians and Research, Health Policy, and healthy aging in American Indians.
Nancy Gordon has been the director of the California Lutheran Homes Center for Spirituality and Aging since June, 2008. Previously she worked in libraries and historical agencies until attending seminary in mid-life. She is ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church and has served as associate pastor of Winnetka Covenant Church in Wilmette, IL and as director of Growth Opportunities at Friendship Village of Schaumburg, IL, a large continuing care retirement community. The Growth Opportunities program she developed contained spiritual life, activity/recreation, arts, fitness, and life-long learning components. It was her charge to put a spiritual foundation under all the programs, believing that each of them had the potential to touch residents’ spirits in positive ways.She has a MSLS degree from the University of Tennessee (1973) and a M.Div. from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL (1992). She is the co-author of Good Mourning; Help and Understanding in Time of Pregnancy Loss published by Word Books in 1989, republished as Silent Cradle by Light and Life Press in 1998. She has had articles on spiritual formation published in The Covenant Companion, Faith at Work, and InSpirit. She was the annual presenter of “Ministry to Older Adults,” an educational session for a Parish Lay Volunteer Chaplain Training Program offered by the Bishop Anderson House (Episcopal), in Chicago, IL in 2005-2007, and has presented nationally at the American Society of Aging Annual Meeting on various facets of spirituality and aging. Rev. Gordon was awarded a grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship to develop the award-winning small-group worship program “Sensing the Sacred: A Small Group Worship for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease.” Rev. Gordon is a member of the American Society on Aging and its constituent group, the Forum on Spirituality and Aging (FORSA).
Rev. Dr. Eileen W. Lindner
at Tenafly, New Jersey
The Reverend Eileen W. Lindner is Senior Pastor, Presbyterian Church at Tenafly and a Presbyterian Minister of Word and Sacrament. She has served pastorates in Illinois, New York and New Jersey. A graduate of Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania, she holds masters degrees from Aurora University (counseling psychology), McCormick Theological Seminary (theology), and the Ph.D degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York, and she has done post-doctoral work at St. Andrews University (Scotland) and Harvard University. She was an overseas mission associate for the Presbyterian Church USA in Egypt and Lebanon. In the mid 1970s, she served the White House in the area of child welfare policy and has taught at the nation’s leading seminaries. She was Deputy General Secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA for many years, where her duties included a variety of national and international ministries including child advocacy, research studies and planning. She serves as Dean of the Chapel at the Children’s Defense Fund’s Annual Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry. In recent years Dr. Lindner has conducted research on the future of the church, generational age cohort studies, and serves on the Board of Directors of Volunteers in Global Service, an international service program for older (65+) adults. She is the author of several books and numerous articles.
Rabbi Richard F. Address
Founder and Director
Jewish Sacred Aging
Rabbi Address was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati) in 1972 and received his honorary Doctor of Divinity from HUC-JIR in 1997. In May of 1998 he received a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling from the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health in New York and in May 1999 he received his Doctor of Ministry from the Hebrew Union College in New York. In March of 2010, his Sacred Aging project was given a First Place “Best Practices in Older Adult Program” award by the National Council on Aging and Interfaith Coalition on Aging. Rabbi Address teaches classes in the rabbinic/cantorial and education programs on Jewish family issues at Hebrew Union College in New York as well as serving on the faculty of their Doctor of Ministry program. In addition, he is a contributor on issues of aging and spirituality for several web sites. In February of 2013 Rabbi Address created and continues to host a weekly radio show heard in the Philadelphia area called: “Boomer Generation Radio”. He also serves as co-chair of the Jewish Advisory Group to Samaritan Health Care and Hospice in Southern New Jersey.
Rev. John Buchanan
Fourth Presbyterian Church
The Rev. Dr. John M. Buchanan, Pastor Emeritus of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, where he was Pastor for 26 years, has held a variety of leadership positions in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is Editor/Publisher of The Christian Century magazine. He served as Moderator of the 208th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1996-1997 and has represented the Presbyterian Church as a member of the Governing Board of the National Council of Churches. He has received numerous doctorates and honors, has held several Board memberships, and has written three books. Dr. Buchanan is a proud father and grandfather, an avid gardener, and a passionate sports fan. He has dedicated his life's work to the pursuit of civil rights and social justice for all people, as it is called for by the gospels and demonstrated in the living example of Jesus Christ.