- Psychology & Spirit
- Planning & Retreats
At the Intersections . . .
I offer a variety of services for nonprofit religious,
academic and community service organizations, drawing on perspectives
and resources from psychology, spirituality, organizational dynamics and
The services I provide include:
- Interfaith connections through InterfaithSpace and workshops and classes on interreligious understanding and building relationships
- In-depth Bible study through BibleWorkbench, focusing on the stories in the biblical texts and how they connect to our own lives, both outwardly and inwardly.
and Classes on
issues at the intersections of psychology, spirituality and
- Website Design: website development and maintenance, consultation on appropriate technology, and training to help you achieve your mission and
- Organizational Planning: Formulating vision and strategies
for both long- and short-term efforts
- Retreats: for planning and organizational development
or personal and spiritual growth and enrichment
Revdak: Rev. D. Andrew Kille, Ph.D.
I work at the intersections of psychology, spirituality, technology and organizations. With over 40 years of experience in working with nonprofit religious,
educational and community organizations on planning, organizational development, diversity training, and website development, I offer a range of skills spanning fact-based analysis and value-based decision-making.
- Speaker and writer:
I have spoken to groups on issues related to interreligious cooperation, Bible study, psychological issues in spirituality, including healthy and unhealthy spirituality, care for the earth, psychological and spiritual growth, psychological perspectives on the Bible, Christian and Protestant history,
- Author of Psychological
Biblical Criticism (Fortress Press, 2001)
- Co-editor with Wayne G. Rollins of Psychological Insight into the Bible (Eerdmans, 2007)
- Co-editor with Dereck Dashke of A Cry Instead of Justice: The Bible and Cultures of Violence in Psychological Perspective (T&T Clark, 2010).
- Editor of The BibleWorkbench and Bay Area Interfaith Connect
- Strong listening and analytical skills- able to systematize
and find convergence in complex discussions
- Experience in multi-cultural settings, working with
people of diverse ethnic, cultural, social, educational and religious
- Experienced teacher in adult education and University
- Technical Expertise in website design and maintenance. I have worked on websites and blogs for a number of religious and nonprofit groups.
- Ordained in the American Baptist tradition; I served for 15 years in pastoral leadership in San Jose and continue to preach and teach in different congregations.
For nearly 40 years, I have been active in interfaith dialogue, study, and relationship building. I began with Jewish/Christian dialogue in the early 1970's and during my theological education had the opportunity to study with the Center for Judaic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and at Hillel at the University of California, Berkeley.
Since 2002, I have made interfaith work a main focus of my efforts, and founded Interfaith Space, devoted to creating and developing interfaith relationships in the South San Francisco Bay Area. At the Interfaith Space website, there are listings of upcoming interfaith events, links to interfaith organizations in the Bay Area and beyond. I also edit Bay Area Interfaith Connect, the monthly newsletter from the Interfaith Center at the Presidio in San Francisco.
I have served as coordinator of interreligious dialogues for the Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice, a member of the SouthBay Interfaith Coordinating Committee, a member of the Silicon Valley Partner City Team, Chair of the Steering Committee of the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC), and currently as the Chair of the SiVIC Board.
I have been the editor of Bay Area Interfaith Connect, the newsletter for the Interfaith Center at the Presidio, since 2007. I blog on interfaith issues at Interfaith Space, and am the San Jose Interfaith Examiner at Examiner.com. I also a contributor to the online journal The Interfaith Observer
BibleWorkbench is a lectionary based life-centered biblical resource published by The Educational Center for small group youth and adult education in church and home, for individual study or as an aid to preachers. I have been Editor of BibleWorkbench since 2008.
The BibleWorkbench approach involves the use of open-ended questions designed to invite the user into a deep engagement with the biblical text as story. Often, the Workbench study will use non-verbal exercises— artwork, movement, music, visualization— to bring the story to life. It then invites participants to reflect on how the story is alive in the world around them and in their own deepest inward experience.
Each week also includes selections from literature, poetry, news reports and critical background material to enhance the encounter with the text. The BibleWorkbench method owes much to the work of H.B. Sharman, C.G. Jung, The Guild for Psychological Studies, The Educational Center, and Walter Wink's Transforming Bible Study.
For more about BibleWorkbench, see the Educational Center website.
Psychology, the Bible, and Spirituality
I have long been interested in the ways that psychology and spirituality interact, and did my doctoral study in psychological biblical criticism. I have been active in the work of the Psychology and Biblical Studies Section of the Society of Biblical Literature since its beginning in 1991, and have served as Chair or Co-Chair for many years.
I have authored or co-edited three books in the field and have written dozens of articles and reviews in Psychology and the Bible.
I taught classes in psychology and spirituality in the Pastoral Ministries program at Santa Clara University and in the Counseling Psychology program of Holy Names College in Oakland.
I and my wife, Pamela Bjorklund, Ph.D., a Clinical Psychologist, have for several years taught a class in psychological development and spiritual growth in the Institute for Leadership in Ministry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose.
I offer several workshops on psychology and the Bible, healthy and unhealthy spirituality, spirituality and personality, and more.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I specialize in websites for religious organizations, academic associations, and nonprofit agencies. If you need a design for a website, assistance in securing a domain name or setting up hosting and configuration settings, contact me.
Some of the sites I have created and/or maintain are:
Planning and Retreats
I have extensive experience in working with boards and working groups in doing strategic or event planning. I can also help you create a retreat for your church group, nonprofit agency, or other group that can focus on planning, organization building, or personal spiritual growth.
- Board, committee, or workgroup planning retreats
- Retreats or workshops for personal growth
- Editor, with Dereck Daschke, A Cry Instead of Justice: The Bible and Cultures of Violence in Psychological Perspective. Vol. 499 of Library of Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament Studies. New York/London: T & T Clark, 2010.
- Editor, with Wayne G. Rollins, Psychological Insight into the Bible: Texts and Readings. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.
- Psychological Biblical Criticism. Guides to Biblical Scholarship, Old Testament Series. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2001.
Articles and Chapters:
- "Psychological Biblical Criticism," pp. 137-153 in New Meanings for Ancient Texts. Edited by Steven L. McKenzie and John Kaltner. Westminster John Knox, 2013.
- "Foreword," Pages xiii-xv in Psychological Hermeneutics on Biblical Themes and Texts; New Directions in Biblical Study: A Festscrift Honoring the Work of Wayne G. Rollins. Edited by J. Harold Ellens. T & T Clark, 2012.
- "Analytical Psychology and Biblical Interpretation: Jung and the Bible," Pages 7-20 in Psychological Hermeneutics on Biblical Themes and Texts; New Directions in Biblical Study: A Festscrift Honoring the Work of Wayne G. Rollins. Edited by J. Harold Ellens. T & T Clark, 2012.
- "Bibliaolvasás három dimenzióban: A pzichológiai bibliaértelmezés (Reading the Bible in Three Dimensions: Psychological Biblical Interpretation)." (Hungarian translation by Xaver Szabó, OFM) Sapientiana 4, no. 1 (2011): 44-59.
- ""The Bible made me do it:" Text, interpretation and violence," Pages 8-24 in The Destructive Power of Religion (Condensed). Edited by J. Harold Ellens. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2007.
- "Imitating Christ: Jesus as a Model in Cognitive Learning Theory," Pages 251-263 in Text and Community: Essays in Memory of Bruce M. Metzger, vol. 1. Edited by J. Harold Ellens. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2007.
- "Stages of Faith and Suggestions for Cultivating Spiritual Development." Pages 58-60 in McCormack, P., "Parent Partnership Handbook: The Spiritual Self", Today's Catholic Teacher, March 2005, 2005.
- "Unconsciously poisoning our roots: Psychological dynamics of the Bible in Jewish/ Christian conflict." Pastoral Psychology 53, no. 4 (2005): 291-301.
- "More Reel than Real: Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ." Pastoral Psychology 53, no. 4 (2005): 341-350.
- "The Day of the Lord from a Jungian Perspective: Amos 5:18-20," Pages 267-276 in Psychology and the Bible: A New Way to Read the Scriptures. Edited by J. Harold Ellens and Wayne G. Rollins. Westport, CT: Greenwood-Praeger, 2004.
- "Jacob: A Study in Individuation," Pages 65-82 in Psychology and the Bible: A New Way to Read the Scriptures. Edited by J. Harold Ellens and Wayne G. Rollins. Westport, CT: Greenwood-Praeger, 2004.
- "Reading the Bible in Three Dimensions: Psychological Biblical Interpretation," Pages 17-32 in Psychology and the Bible: A New Way to Read the Scriptures. Edited by J. Harold Ellens and Wayne G. Rollins. Westport, CT: Greenwood-Praeger, 2004.
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias:
- "Psychological Biblical Interpretation." Pages 149-157 in vol. 2 of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation. Edited by Steve Mackenzie. 2 vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2013.
- "Psychology and Biblical Studies," Pages 684-685 in New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible. Edited by Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, Samuel E. Balentine, Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, Eileen Schuller, Brian K. Blount, Pheme Perkins, Joel B. Green, Harriett Jane Olson, and Paul Franklyn. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008.
- "Psychological Interpretation," Pages 653-5 in Dictionary for the Theological Interpretation of the Bible. Edited by Kevin Vanhoozer, N.T. Wright, Craig Bartholomew, and Daniel Treier. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005.
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