Devils, Monsters, and Madness: A Theological Roundtable with Mary Button, Robert Saler, and David Finnegan-Hosey

Friday, 1:00pm | Studio

Popular depictions of mental illness have often served to stigmatize and misinform. In particular, the association of mental illness with demonic possession or with violence and horror leads to misperception and stereotypes, and even to abuse, of those with mental health struggles. But can the same arenas of literature and theology that have caused harm to people with mental illnesses also be spaces from which people draw strength, even liberation? Mary Button, Robert Saler, and David Finnegan-Hosey will examine the surprising interactions between devils, monsters, and madness – and the healing possibilities contained therein.

David Finnegan-Hosey

David Finnegan-Hosey is a campus minister, currently serving as a Chaplain-in-Residence at Georgetown University. He is author of an upcoming book, Christ on the Psych Ward (coming in 2018 from Church Publishing Group), a series of reflections on his journey with bipolar disorder, psychiatric hospitalization, and Christian spirituality. David is passionate about the intersections between faith, story, mental health, and social justice. He also has a blog and a podcast, though who doesn’t these days (but don’t let that keep you from checking out A graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, David lives in Washington, DC with his wife Leigh and their adorable dog Penny Lane.

Mary Button

Born and raised in East Texas, Mary Button is a liturgical artist and activist. She received a BFA in Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and earned a Master of Theological Studies from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Her artwork has been exhibited across the United States and the United Kingdom, with exhibitions at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City, the Church Center for the United Nations, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, and Wesley House at Cambridge University, to name a few. She currently serves Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN as their Mission Developer.

You can check her artwork out at

Robert Saler

Photo and Bio to come.

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