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FCRP 2017 Plenary

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FCRP 2017 – Our 75th Anniversary
Memorial Day Weekend: May 26th to May 29th, 2017

Plenary Speaker: Lionel Corbett, MD

Topic: The Problem of Evil: A Spiritual and Psychological Exploration


picture of Lionel Corbett, MD
Lionel Corbett, MD


This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology.  The conference began in the shadows of World War II as Friends were witnessing the dark side of man’s nature, and were considering how a life that was led by the Inner Light might be enriched by in-depth psychology.

Many Friends feel the world is again being challenged in a very profound way by social, political, and environmental forces. Throughout the country, groups of Friends and other people of good will find themselves wrestling with the problem of what it seems necessary to call evil. When FCRP’s Planning Committee met in January, as we discussed our upcoming anniversary, we found it was impossible not to see the parallels in the darkness that overshadowed the world in 1943 and what is going on now. Many of us in our discussion of evil, spoke of using silence to calm ourselves and sitting with the dark in order to enable the Light to come through. The committee became particularly animated as we discussed the nature of evil via teleconferencing with this year’s Plenary Speaker, Lionel Corbett.

Dr. Corbett is a Jungian analyst and psychiatrist whose work has deeply examined how Divinity manifests in the psyche.  He is currently writing a book on the nature of evil, or the dark side of God.  When he joins us in May, Dr. Corbett will shed some light on the darkness many of us feel in our hearts, minds, and spirits.  With Dr. Corbett, we will examine the roots of evil—including the numinous dark and its power which exercises itself in the psyche, in ourselves, and in our world.

75th Anniversary of FCRP

The conference will also have an afternoon panel discussion in which several Quakers and Dr. Corbett examine the roots of FCRP, specifically the similarities and differences between Quaker silent worship (and the leadings that arise in worship) and Individuation in Jungian psychology as a spiritual practice.  Much like messages that arise in the silence of Quaker worship from the “God Within,” the process of Individuation takes very seriously the dreams and symbols arising from the unconscious which sometimes appear divinely charged.  Becoming conscious of their meaning and integrating this meaning into one’s life can be seen as an ongoing spiritual journey.



  1. An Overview of the Problem of Evil
  2. Evil and its Narcissistic Roots: Psychological Approaches to Evil
  3. Jung and Jungians on Evil
  4. The Dark Side of God:  Fundamentalist Spirituality and Terrorism.

BONUS:  Afternoon Dialogue with Dr. Corbett on Quaker Worship and Jungian Psychology

Plenary Speaker, Lionel Corbett, M.D., trained in medicine & psychiatry in England and as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. At Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he teaches, he founded the Psyche and the Sacred program which integrates spirituality with depth psychology and explores the personal experience of the sacred. He is the author most recently of The Soul in Anguish: Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Suffering and The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice.

Please join us Memorial Day weekend for the 75th annual Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology.