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Archive and Resources

Here you’ll find materials such as streaming video from past Theological Commons events.


Climate Conversation with Ohio Interfaith Power and Light, Jan. 22
An evening of thought-provoking conversation with Joel Barker of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and Ted Ford of Ohio Advanced Energy Economy.

Towards a Practical Theology of Disability, Jan. 26
A public lecture by John Swinton,chair of divinity and religious studies at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Trained as a nurse, chaplain and theologian, Swinton teaches multidisciplinary courses in healthcare and spirituality.

Schooler Institute on Preaching, Feb. 23 and 24
“Beyond Band-Aids: Building the Beloved Community in the Age of Ferguson,” led by Valerie Bridgeman, MTSO associate professor of homiletics and Hebrew Bible, and Jorge Lockward, director of global praise for the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.

Pursuing Happiness Across Cultures: Positive Psychology, Bible, Korean Jeong, and African Ubuntu in Creative Dialogue, April 9
Faculty lecture by Paul Kim, professor of Hebrew Bible in the Williams Chair of Biblical Studies, and M. Fulgence Nyengele, professor of pastoral care and counseling in the Chryst Chair in Pastoral Theology.

Religions of India in America, April 15
Vasudha Narayanan, distinguished professor of religion at the University of Florida and past president of the American Academy of Religion, delivers the 11th Annual Lecture on World Religions and Interreligious Dialogue, presented by the Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus.

Williams Institute Lectures, April 22 and 23
Melanie Harris, associate professor of religion and ethics at Texas Christian University, delivers two lectures: “African American Environmental History and Ecowomanism: Black Self Recovery and Earth Care,” and “Interfaith Womanism and Ecology: Sharing Values, Sharing Earth.”

Williams Institute Lectures, Nov. 3 and 4
Stacey Floyd-Thomas, associate professor of ethics and society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences, delivers two lectures: “Seen but not Heard: Living at the Intersections of the Color Line, Culture Wars and Complex Subjectivity,” and ” Hidden in Plain Sight: The Growing Edge of Womanist Ethics.”


Schooler Institute on Preaching, Feb. 10 and 11
Led by MTSO fully affiliated faculty member Mark Kelly Tyler and Timothy Eberhart, assistant professor of theology and ecology.

Williams Institute Lectures, March 12
Delivered by Daniel Boyarin, professor of Talmudic Culture at the University of California at Berkeley.

Developing Community: A Toolkit for Doing Nonprofit Work, March 14
Keynote addresses by John Edgar, executive director of Community Development for All People, and  Christine Shaw, public and community relations coordinator for Ohio University Zanesville.

The Fleeing Nones: Food for Thought from the Spiritual but not Religious, March 27
Faculty lecture by Linda Mercadante, MTSO professor in the Straker Chair of Historical Theology.

Community Organizing and Development Through Nonprofits, Sept. 19 and 20
Keynote addresses by Rev. Dr. Troy Jackson, author and director of the AMOS Project in Cincinnati, and Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, author and consultant to a variety of nonprofits.

Installation of Dean Lisa R. Withrow, Oct. 6
Dean Withrow’s installation was a highlight of Alumni Day 2014. Other Alumni Day events included “More Than the Farm: Ecotheology at MTSO,” a presentation by faculty members Tim Van Meter and Tim Eberhart, and the John and Ruth Mount Alumni Awards Luncheon, this year honoring April Blaine, ’09, for parish ministry and Roy Mitchell, ’05, for specialized ministry.


Schooler Institute on Preaching, Feb. 10, 11 and 12
Led by Bishop Gregory V. Palmer of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church and Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki, professor emerita at Claremont School of Theology.

Williams Institute Lectures, Feb. 26 and 27
“Lessons from Medieval Spain: Religion’s Power to Unite or Divide,” delivered by Albert Hernández, associate professor of the history of Christianity at the Iliff School of Theology.


Modern Research on Ancient Texts: The Story of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Oct. 29
Faculty lecture by John Kampen, MTSO professor in the Dunn Chair of Biblical Interpretation.