Todd Hall — Meet the Speakers of Exploring Personhood: Human Formation

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How are humans formed? What factors shape our identities as humans? And what practices lend themselves to human and spiritual formation? Academic disciplines answer this question in increasingly different ways. Yet how we understand human formation affects everything.

Join us as we advance the conversation at our second-annual Exploring Personhood conference, presented by the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on Feb. 2-3, 2023.

In this post, get to know one of our speakers, Dr. Todd Hall.

Meet Todd Hall

Dr. Hall is Professor of Psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University and serves as a Faculty Affiliate in the Harvard Human Flourishing Program within the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.

Dr. Hall’s writing and research focus on relational approaches to spiritual development, leadership development and flourishing. He is the author of the award-winning book Relational Spirituality: A Psychological-Theological Paradigm for Spiritual Transformation (IVP Academic, 2021), and The Connected Life: The Art and Science of Relational Spirituality (IVP Press, 2022).

Dr. Hall has developed several widely used measures of relational spirituality (Spiritual Assessment Inventory, Spiritual Transformation Inventory, SpiritPulse) and published empirical research on topics such as attachment to God, attachment and psychological well-being, and longitudinal trends of college student spirituality. He has also conducted research on the role of relational connection in leadership and organizational culture. His current research focuses on emerging adult spirituality, the measurement of well-being and connected leadership.

Dr. Hall is a licensed psychologist and maintains an active psychotherapy practice with adults. He holds an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology, and an MA and doctoral specialization in Measurement and Psychometrics from UCLA.

Lecture Topic

Relational Spirituality: A Psychological-Theological Paradigm for Spiritual Transformation

It’s no secret that we live in an increasingly isolated world. The pandemic has only exacerbated what was already a startling trend: loneliness and disconnection have been on the rise for a long time in our society. Many Christians feel disconnected, leading to emotional pain, unhealthy relational patterns, spiritual struggles, a lack of meaning, and ineffective ministry. What’s more, common models of spiritual transformation are overly rationalistic and under-developed, proving inadequate to address “the sanctification gap.” In recent decades, however, a new relational spirituality paradigm has emerged from multiple fields. There is now a critical mass of evidence that human beings are fundamentally relational—that we develop, heal, and grow to become more loving and Christ-like through relationships. This talk will cover the core elements of a relational spirituality paradigm, with a particular focus on the roles of 1) implicit relational knowledge, and 2) attachment to God and others in shaping our implicit self and capacity to love.

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