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Becoming a Healing Presence

Becoming a Healing Presence

Dr. Jane Hinshaw

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Today Dr. Rossi interviews Dr. Jane (Carnahan) Hinshaw, a Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Health Care System. She is also an Orthodox Christian. They discuss mental health, medicine, and therapies designed to help those struggling.

Dr. Albert Rossi: Today’s interview is a follow-up of the last interview, two weeks ago, with Dr. Dan Hinshaw. Those of you who haven’t listened to that can go back into the archives; it’s sitting there. Today I have the enormous honor and privilege of interviewing Dr. Jane Hinshaw, psychiatrist, who is here at St. Vladimir’s teaching…

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The Theology of Illness

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In November of 2013, Dr. Rossi interviewed Sarah Najjar who was suffering from cancer. Sarah fell asleep in the Lord in August of this year and Dr. Rossi has returned to the microphone to reflect on illness.

Today I’m going to reflect with you on the theology of illness. It’s not an abstract podcast; rather, it’s real. It’s existential. I did an interview with a young woman, Sarah Najjar, on November 16, 2013. It’s on my podcast in the archives—called “Living with Cancer.” Wonderful interview, and I’ll include parts of that interview…

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Living with Cancer

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Today, Dr. Rossi interviews a wife and mother of two small children who is fighting cancer and has gone through several surgeries, treatments, and procedures. What can be learned from such an experience and where does God come into the picture?

Dr. Albert Rossi: Today I would like to do an interview on Becoming a Healing Presence, this podcast, for you who are listening, with, from one point of view, an ordinary citizen. There’s no such thing as an ordinary citizen, of course, but this is a person most in Orthodoxy don’t know, because she is a parishioner in an Orthodox church. It happens to be in— Doesn’t matter where it happens to be. Ordinary church someplace…

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Path to Sanity

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Dr. Rossi talks about the book God's Path to Sanity by Dee Pennock.

With you, I’d like to spend a little time reflecting on a book, [God’s] Path to Sanity, by Dee Pennock. It’s quite an interesting book. To be candid, Fr. Tom Hopko had been trying to get me to read the book for a number of years, and I would pick up the book and flip through the pages and read a few and just decide that I would read it later and never really did get it back to it. But I was invited to lead a book study of a group here at…

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Consciousness - Part 3

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Dr. Albert Rossi continues his discussion on consciousness by helping us understand that consciousness consists of more than thought to include the total person. (Part 3 of 3)

Well, this is Dr. Rossi with the third part of “Consciousness,” “Consciousness,” part three, that I decided to do based on a follow-up to podcasts one and two on “Consciousness.” I received an email—two emails—that prompted me to think more deeply, and a phone call I had with a friend, and a blog that I read that I will mention, all of which pertains to the whole topic of “Consciousness.” I’ll also…

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Consciousness - Part 2

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Dr. Rossi shares some ideas for how to counteract our dark thoughts and regain freedom in our minds. (Part 2 of 3)

I am now doing “Consciousness, Part 2” for two reasons. The first is an email that I received from a recent college graduate, and the second is to refine a little more for myself and for you how we deal with negative thoughts. So about the email exchange: I counseled a young woman, both on email and on the telephone—we’ve talked over the last while. Recently, she broke up with her boyfriend of some long-standing, who had great promise for her…

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Consciousness - Part 1

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Dr. Rossi discusses our ability to have control over our thought processes, so that we have freedom over our minds. (Part 1 of 3)

Today I would like to share with you some of my thought processes on thought processes. I’d like to talk about consciousness, also called awareness. In psychology, this podcast would be called “Mega-Consciousness,” that is, conscious about being conscious. Very, very important topic. Of course, today in contemporary culture, there’s a very fast-growing, large movement called mindfulness; it’s about awareness.

I’m going to…

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What is Sanity?

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Dr. Rossi addresses the question, "What is Sanity?" He interviews Alexis, an Orthodox Christian living with schizophrenia.

I’d like to make a podcast on one of my very favorite questions: What is sanity? Sanity, sanity, sanity. In the popular mind today, especially in the political arena and the public place, sanity is often defined as accomplishment or mental power, and almost always just limited to the head, to rationality, to reasoned thought. I would submit that my own definition of sanity is that it’s an energy within us (the mind) which guides the heart to make decisions…

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East Meets East - The Indian Orthodox

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Dr. Rossi interviews a young seminarian at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary about the Indian Orthodox Church. We also hear some examples of Indian Orthodox chant.

Dr. Albert Rossi: So, today, for this podcast, which many of you—I know that many of you listeners are Orthodox, and non-Orthodox, and some non-Christians—so today I would like to deal with the topic of the Indian Orthodox Church. I’m sitting here with [an] Indian Orthodox student, Malankara student, here at St. Vladimir’s, on Education Day, where the topic is fascinatingly “East Meets East.” I was just talking…

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Fr. Alexander Atty - Joy in Suffering

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Dr. Rossi visits with Fr. Alexander Atty at Antiochian Village and discusses Fr. Alexander's cancer diagnosis and how he has dealt with it.

Part two of the interview.

Dr. Albert Rossi: For today, I have the great honor and privilege of interviewing a friend of mine of long standing, Fr. Alexander Atty. Fr. Alexander Atty was Dean of St. Tikhon’s Seminary for about three years and pastor of St. Michael’s Antiochian Orthodox Parish in Louisville, Kentucky, for many, many years, and he and I go back years and years and years and years and years. I once gave a retreat for him in Louisville about ten years…

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