Jarena Lee Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology
Care and Counseling
- BA, Bennet College
- Certificate d’Etudes, L’Universite’ de Lyon, France
- MDiv, Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC)
- ThD, Atlanta Theological Association, ITC
The Rev. Dr. Carolyn A. L. McCrary is Jarena Lee Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the Coordinator of the Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling (ThD) Program and a Cohort leader in the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Program in Pastoral Professionalism and Spiritual Care. Some of her courses include: Developing Intercultural Competency in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Contemporary Family Patterns/Dynamics and Issues, Womanist Approaches to Pastoral Care and Counseling, Clinical Introduction to the Psychology of Pastoral Care and Group Theory and Therapy. Her areas of expertise include theory and practice of Spiritual Care and Counseling for religious leaders and the psychological and theological impact of systems relative to Resistance and Self-Care. Her teaching and research interests involve the exploration of Core Values and Intergenerational Patterns in African American Families, the psychological impact of white supremacy and the psychological trauma of enslavement upon Black families in Africa and the Diaspora, and the psychological and theological impact of patriarchal violence and economic disparity, against girls and women of color resulting in internalized shame.
In addition to her sabbatical teaching at St. Paul United Theological Seminary in Limuru, Kenya, she has studied and traveled in more than thirty countries including, Egypt, Sudan (North), USSR (now Russia), Mexico, Cuba, Spain and Italy. She Co-Lead Study/Travel Institutes under the auspices of the Religious Heritage of the African World and ITC, to Ghana and also an interfaith/academic/community leaders entourage to Ethiopia (Axum, Lalibela and Addis Ababa) for the Seventh General Assembly of the All Africa Conference of Churches.
She is a member of the Society for Pastoral Theology, the Society for the Study of Black Religion and a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She is the faculty liaison to the Association of Clinical Pastoral Educators (ACPE) and founding member of the Racial Ethnic Movement of ACPE.
She is the proud mother of three adult children and two grandchildren.
Some of her publications include:
McCrary, Carolyn L. “Interdependence as A Norm for Pastoral Counseling with African Americans.” Recovery of Black Presence: An Interdisciplinary Exploration. Eds. Jacquelyn Grant and Randall Bailey. Abingdon Press, Nashville, Tennessee (1995).
McCrary, Carolyn. “The Wholeness of Women.” Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center vol. 25, no. 3 (Spring 1998)
McCrary, Carolyn. “Intimate Violence against Black Women and Internalized Shame: A Womanist Pastoral Counseling Perspective.” Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center vol. 28, no. 1-2 (2000-2001)
McCrary, Carolyn Akua L. McCrary and Beverly Wallace. The Women Gathered-Stringing Beads of Resistance: Identity, and Hope: A Pastoral Care Reflection and Response. Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, Volume 7, Issue 1.7, (July 2016): 1-31, eds. Rosetta Ross and Evelyn Parker. Part of JRER Special Issue: Proceedings and Reflections-The 2012 Consultation of African and African Diasporan Women in Religion and Theology, Legon, Ghana