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Director of ministry studies, University of Chicago Divinity School
The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Gano Lindner is director of ministry studies and clinical faculty for preaching and pastoral care at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College, the Divinity School of the University of Chicago and Northwest Christian College. She was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1982, and has worked as a parish pastor, hospice chaplain and pastoral psychotherapist for more than 30 years. Current teaching and research interests include questions of contemporary ministerial identity and formation, the ethics of preaching and pastoral care in multicultural contexts, the interface of corporate worship and public witness in congregational life, and pastoral work with survivors of trauma. In addition to her work with the Divinity School, Lindner is also a pastoral psychotherapist at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago.