Faculty Activities

Our faculty are busy on and off campus, contributing to the church, the academy and the community in various ways. Here are some of their activities beyond the classroom.

Valerie Bridgeman
Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible

Publications

“Building a New Community: A Sermon on Exodus 20:1-17,” How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance, edited by Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin. Bold Type Books, March 2019.

“Fears Within and Without: Easter Preaching to the Fearful,” Journal for Preachers, April 2019.

“Looking for Beyoncé’s Spiritual Longing: The Power of Visual/Sonic Meaning-Making,” in The Lemonade Reader. Routledge, June 2019.

Endorsement for Danielle J. Buhuro, editor, Spiritual Care in an Age of #BlackLivesMatter, Cascade Books, 2019.

Resource for news article “Black Women Cracking ‘Stain-Glass Ceilings’ with Jesus’ 7 Last Words,” Religion News Service, April 18, 2019.

Academic lectures and presentations

“‘How Do You Read It’? A Quest for Faithful Bible Reading in the Face of the Church’s Need for Renewal,” Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, Oxford, England, Aug. 10-16, 2018.

“Any Questions?” Prophetic Imagination Conference, Minneapolis, Sept. 21-22, 2018.

Keynote Speaker, “If Only: Learning From Creation,” Rooted and Grounded: A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship, Elkhart, Indiana, Sept. 27-29, 2018.

“Preaching and Practicing Creation Care: Why It Matters,” Academy of Homiletics, Denver, Nov. 15, 2018.

“#MeToo: The Challenge for Religiously-Based Institutions,” on plenary panel for the American Academy of Religion, Denver, Nov. 17, 2018.

Taught intensive course “Rhetoric in Torah, Prophets and Writings” at Christian Theological Seminary, as affiliated faculty in the Ph.D. in African American Preaching and Rhetoric program, Jan. 14-18, 2019.

Keynote speaker and panelist, Wabash’s Next Steps Teaching Initiative Alumni Consultation, Baylor Graduate School of Religion: “A Wandering Aramean: What It Means to Be an Itinerant Scholar in Movement and in Place,” Jan. 25-27, 2019.

Plenary speaker, Urban Ministries Conference for the American Baptist Church, Cleveland, May 23, 2019.

Panel moderator, On Food and Faith: Ministry in the Time of Climate Change, MTSO, May 30-June 1, 2019.

Meetings

Society for the Study of Black Religion Study Tour, Paris, June 23-July 2, 2018.

Wabash Cohort Gathering, Hilton Head, South Carolina, July 4-8, 2018.

The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries Leadership Conference: “Sanctuary: There’s a Place for Me,” Kansas City, July 18-20, 2018.

Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, Oxford, England, Aug. 10-17, 2018.

Academy of Homiletics, Denver, Nov. 14-16, 2018.

American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, Denver, Nov. 17-20, 2018.

Association of Theological Schools African American Presidents and Deans Conference, Atlanta, Feb. 10-12, 2019.

PowerRising Conference for Black Women Leaders, Atlanta, Feb. 21-24, 2019.

InFACT Strategic Planning Review Team, Ohio State University, March 8, 2019.

Represented and spoke on behalf of MTSO, Ohio Council of Churches meeting and installation of new director Jack Sullivan, Trotwood, March 23, 2019.

Church and popular lectures

St. John’s United Church of Christ Culture of Peace Prophetic Witness Team, “Politics and Religion,” with Timothy Van Meter, Columbus, Oct. 6, 2018.

“Selah: Self-Care, Purposeful Pausing,” preacher and retreat leader for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of the Northeast, Providence, Rhode Island, Nov. 9-10, 2018.

Preached at Columbus Mennonite Church, July 8, 2018.

Preached at opening worship for the United Methodist Campus Ministry Association Conference, MTSO, July 17, 2018.

Preached at homecoming celebration, Antioch Baptist Church, Susan, Virginia, Aug. 19, 2018.

Preached at St. John’s Downtown UMC, Houston, Sept. 16, 2018.

Preached at New Calvary Baptist Church, Detroit, Sept. 23, 2018.

Preached at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Hackensack, New Jersey, Nov. 11, 2018.

Preached at New Life Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Dec. 2, 2018.

Preached for Martin Luther King Jr. Community Gathering, Mt. Aery Baptist Church, Bridgeport, Connecticut, Jan. 21, 2019.

Black History Month service and fellowship, Hope UMC, Bedford, Feb. 17, 2019.

Preached at Old Stone Presbyterian Church, Delaware, Ohio, March 10, 2019.

Preached at McKinley UMC, Dayton, March 17, 2019.

Preached at Saunders African Methodist Episcopal Church, Detroit, March 31, 2019.

Preached at Sure Foundation Church’s anniversary, San Marcos, Texas, May 4, 2019.

Lectured for Zenos Lecture Series, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, May 8, 2019.

Preached for Abyssinian Baptist Church anniversary, Memphis, May 19, 2019.

Preached for pastor’s anniversary, Christ Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis, May 19, 2019.

Preached for World Pride Day, Church of the Village, New York City, June 30, 2019.

Other activities

Given the Antoinette Brown Institutional Catalyst Award on behalf of WomanPreach! Inc. (as its founding president and CEO), United Church of Christ Synod, Milwaukee, June 23, 2019.

Jeffrey Jaynes
Professor in the Warner Chair of Church History
Director of Doctor of Ministry Program

Publications

“Maciej Ptaszyński, Beruf und Berufung: Die evangelische Geistlichkeit und die Konfessionsbildung in den Herzogtümern Pommern, 1560-1618,” in Sixteenth Century Journal, Summer 2019.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Topography of Knowledge: Geography and Cartography in the Wittenberg Reformation,” at Sixteenth Century Studies, Albuquerque, November 2018.

Church and popular lectures

“Christianity Beyond Christendom,” book presentation on global Christianity, Broad Street Presbyterian Church, June 2019.

John Kampen
Distinguished Research Professor

Publications

Matthew within Sectarian Judaism, Anchor Bible Reference Library. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019.

“The Gospel of Matthew and the Challenge of Antisemitism,” in Mennonite Quarterly Review 92 (2018).

Academic lectures and presentations

“The Problem of Christian Antisemitism and a Sectarian Reading of the Gospel of Matthew: The Trial of Jesus,” Early Jewish-Christian Relations Section, Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting, Denver, Nov. 19, 2018.

Meetings

American Schools of Oriental Research, Denver, Nov. 15-17, 2018.

Society of Biblical Literature, Denver, Nov. 17-20, 2018.

National Council of Churches/National Council of Synagogues Dialogue, Chicago, Oct. 29-30, 2018.

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Alumni Leadership Council meeting, New York City, April 8-9, 2019.

Church and popular lectures

Preached “Being Community in a World of Chaos,” Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship, Aug.19, 2018.

Preached “The Ambiguity of Persecution,” MTSO chapel, April 30, 2019.

Other activities

Vice-chair, Alumni Leadership Council, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Honors and Awards Committee, American Schools of Oriental Research.

Paul Kim
Professor of Hebrew Bible in the Williams Chair of Biblical Studies

Publications

Second Wave Intertextuality and the Hebrew Bible, co-edited with Marianne Grohmann, Atlanta: SBL Press, 2019.

“Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dongju Yun, and the Legacies of Jeremiah and Suffering Servant,” Second Wave Intertextuality and the Hebrew Bible, Atlanta: SBL Press, 2019.

“Metaphor, Memory, and Reality of the ‘Exile’ in Deutero-Isaiah,” Images of Exile in the Prophetic Literature: Copenhagen Conference Proceedings 7-10 May 2017, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019.

“Crossing Boundaries: Daniel’s Three Friends Meet Rev. Ki-chol Chu of Colonized Korea,” Landscapes of Korean and Korean-American Biblical Interpretation, Atlanta: SBL Press, 2019.

Academic lectures and presentations

“E Pluribus Unum: Finding Intertexual Threads That Unite the Book of Isaiah,”
Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Rome, July 3, 2019.

“Abraham the First Immigrant,” seminar for The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Korea, Sungkonghoe University, Seoul, March 22-23, 2019.

“Two Brothers, Two Communities, Double Themes: Reading the Jacob-Esau Narrative in Dialogue with the Korean Hungbu-Nolbu Folktale,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Denver, November 2018.

Meetings

Attended the Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society meeting, March 14-15, 2019.

Attended and presided at Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Denver, Nov. 17-21, 2018.

Church and popular lectures

Preached “Rainbow in the Midst of our World” (2 Kings 5:1-14) at Korean Presbyterian Church of Columbus, May 26, 2019.

Preached “Unsung Heroes” at Condit Presbyterian Church, May 19, 2019

Preached “Our Psalm” at Methodist Theological University, Seoul, March 26, 2019.

Preached “God Who Abides with Us” (Psalm 27) at Columbus Korean United Methodist Church, Jan. 20, 2019.

Preached “Leap of Faith” (Psalm 22:1-15, 22-24; Mark 10:17-31) at Plain City Presbyterian Church, Oct. 14, 2018.

Preached “Love vs. Hate” (Psalm 26; Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12) at Condit Presbyterian Church, Oct. 7, 2018.

Preached at Hilliard Presbyterian Church, Sept. 23, 2018.

Preached at the Korean Church of Boston, Brookline, Massachusetts, Sept. 9, 2018.

“Reading the HB/OT from Immigrants Perspective,” Boston Nehemiah Institute, Boston, Sept. 8, 2018.

Preached at Mansfield Korean United Methodist Church, July 15, 2018.

Sarah Heaner Lancaster
Professor in the Werner Chair of Theology

Publications

Review of Ecumenism: A Guide for the Perplexed, by David Nelson and Charles Raith II, Anglican Theological Review, Vol. 100, No. 4.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Revival and Staying Alive: Spiritual Respiration in John Wesley’s Theology,” keynote, the 14th Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, Oxford, England, Aug. 18, 2018.

“John Wesley’s Interaction with the Moravians in England,” Nazarene Theological College, Didsbury, England, March 28, 2018.

Church and popular lectures

“Not Giving Up on the Authority of Scripture,” Post Way Forward Gathering of UM Scholars, Lovers Lane UMC, Dallas, Aug. 7-8, 2018.

Meetings

North American co-chair for meeting of the 14th Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, Oxford, England, Aug. 12-19, 2018.

Other activities

Visiting fellow, Manchester Wesley Research Centre, Manchester, England. Aug. 26-Sept. 15, 2018.

Randy G. Litchfield
Professor in the Browning Chair of Christian Education

Publications

Roots and Routes: Calling, Ministry, and the Power of Place, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2019.

“Prayer for New Tools” and “A Prayer for Placemaking,” United Against Racism: Churches for Change, New York: Friendship Press, 2018.

Meetings

Religious Education Association, Washington, D.C., Nov. 2-4, 2018.

Church and popular lectures

Led two workshops titled “Partnership with God in the Places and Routes of Life” based on Roots and Routes, at UMC Christian Educators Fellowship national meeting, Oct. 11-12, 2018.

Designed and coordinated congregational adult education series on climate change at Asbury UMC, Delaware, Ohio.

Other activities

Member, Religious Education journal editorial board.

Member, Religious Education Association advisory board.

Member, Religious Education Association conference paper committee.

Assessment consultant for an Association of Theological Schools.

Member, Association of Theological Schools Student Data Advisory Committee.

Linda A. Mercadante
Distinguished Research Professor

Publications

“Belief without Borders: Examining Anew the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious,” in Being Spiritual but not Religious, edited by William B. Parsons, Routledge, 2018.

“A Pilgrim’s Questions: Walking the Camino de Santiago,” Bearings Online, Collegeville Institute, July 2018.

Review of Spiritual and Religious: Explorations for Seekers by Roger Haight, in Touchstone, Summer 2018.

“Thank You for Your Service,” Bearings Online, Collegeville Institute, November 2018.

Review of Apologetics without Apology: Speaking of God in a World Troubled by Religion by Elaine Graham, Interpretation: Journal of Bible and Theology (73), No. 1, January 2019.

“The Earth is Not a Political Football,” Bearings Online, Collegeville Institute, January 2019.

“Reaching the Spiritual but not Religious,” Response, March-April 2019.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Is a Theology for SBNRs Possible?” American Academy of Religion, Theology Without Walls Unit, November 2018.

Panelist, “Religious and Cultural Appropriation in Interfaith Engagement: Where Do We Draw the Line?”; “We Need a New Barmen Declaration”; “The Beliefs of SBNRs.” Parliament of the World’s Religions, Toronto, Nov. 1-7, 2018.

Keynote Speaker, “Addiction Recovery Movement and SBNRs: Related?” and “America’s Fastest Growing Religion: SBNR,” Spiritual Emphasis Week, University of Pikeville, Nov. 11-16, 2018.

Meetings

Presbytery of Scioto Valley, Clergy Women Group, 2018-2019.

Burkhardt Center, First Community Church, Film Discussion Group, April 2019.

Interlochen Writers’ Retreat, June 2019.

Church and popular lectures

“Transformation on the Camino de Santiago,” Columbus Mennonite Church retreat, September 2018.

“The Nones You Don’t Know,” Religious News Association Annual Conference, Sept. 13-15, 2018.

Preacher, Rose Run Presbyterian, Feb. 24, 2019.

Preacher, Jubilee Mennonite, March 3, 2019.

“The Present Word,” Indianola Presbyterian Church, March 10, 2019.

“SBNRs and Church,” Lenten Winter Wednesday, Broad Street Presbyterian Church, March 20-28, 2019.

Other activities

President, Board of Trustees, Worthington Libraries, 2018.

Trustee, Worthington Libraries, 2019.

Worthington Interfaith Friends, Film Festival Planning Committee, 2019.

Elaine Nogueira-Godsey
Assistant Professor of Theology, Ecology and Race

Publications

“Por uma Práxis Decológica,” Religião, Gênero, Violências e Direitos Humanos, edited by Wanderley Pereira da Rosa and Reginaldo P. Braga Jr., Vitória, Brazil: Editora Unida, 2019.

“Beyond God the Mother and God the Father,” The Immanent Frame, guest editors Juliane Hammer and Vincent Lloyd, June 2019.

“The Joy of Working Groups,” International Society for Religion, Nature and Culture website.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Developing Civic Engagement and Planetary Response-Ability: A Postcolonial Ecofeminist Theological Perspective,” Panel of American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature Women’s Caucus, Denver, Nov. 17, 2018.

Panelist in collaboration with the Feminist Liberation Theologians Network: “Response-Ability: Rethinking Economics in the Feminist Theological Discourse,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver, Nov. 17, 2018.

“Towards a Decological Praxis,” Animal and Religion Unit of the American Academy of Religion, Denver, Nov. 19, 2018.

“Tangible Actions Toward Solidarity: An Ecofeminist Analysis of Women’s Participation in Food Justice,” MTSO, Feb. 18, 2019.

“Teaching Ecology and Theology,” Southwest Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education, Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, March 13-14, 2019.

“Connecting Theology, Ecology, Race and Gender: A Conversation on Environmental Justice,” Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, March 26, 2019.

“Food Futures: Healing the Planet and Ourselves in the Process,” On Food and Faith: Ministry in the Time of Climate Change, MTSO, May 29-June 1, 2019.

Facilitator of research workshop in the Theology of Liberation and Decolonial Thought Summer School, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain. June 3-7, 2019.

Roundtable speaker, “Religion, Spirituality, and Environmental Crises,” Social Science Research Council on Religion and the Public Sphere, Cork, Ireland, June 12, 2019.

Panel organizer, “Gender, Nature, Religion: Changing Cultures and Water/Land-Scapes,” International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, Cork, Ireland, June 13-16, 2019.

“Tangible Actions Toward Solidarity: An Ecofeminist Analysis of Women’s Participation in Food Justice,” paper co-authored with Kelsey Ryan-Simkins, Religion/Water/Climate: Changing Cultures and Landscapes, Cork, Ireland. June 13-16, 2019.

“Religion and Social Activism in Times of Climate Change: Privilege or Necessity?” Religion, Social Activism, and Public Life symposium, University of Leeds, England. June 17-18, 2019.

Meetings

Preconference workshop on publishing your research, Chicago, Oct. 12, 2018.

Roundtable seminar for newly appointed faculty, Chicago, Oct. 12-14, 2018.

Organizer: pre-conference meeting of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver, Nov. 16, 2018.

Pre-conference meeting organized by the Feminist Liberation Theologians Network, American Academy of Religion Annual meeting, Denver, Nov. 16, 2018.

Religions and Ecology Unit luncheon, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver, Nov. 16, 2018.

American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver, Nov. 16-20, 2018.

Faculty of Color luncheon, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver, Nov. 17, 2018.

Wabash dinner for new faculty, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver, Nov. 19, 2018.

“Faculty Workshop on Interreligious/Interfaith Teaching,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver, Nov. 19, 2018.

Southwest Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education, Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, March 13-14, 2019.

On Food and Faith: Ministry in the Time of Climate Change, MTSO, May 29-June 1, 2019.

Theology of Liberation and Decolonial Thought Summer School, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, June 3-7, 2019.

Religion, Spirituality, and Environmental Crises, conference organized by the Social Science Research Council’s program on Religion and the Public Sphere, Cork, Ireland, on June 12, 2019.

Religion/Water/Climate: Changing Cultures and Landscapes, International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, Cork, Ireland, June 13-16, 2019.

Religion, Social Activism, and Public Life symposium, University of Leeds, England, June 17-18, 2019.

Workshop on pedagogy and best practices on teaching religion and ecology, University of Oslo, Norway, June 21-28, 2019.

Church and popular lectures

“A Matter of Justice: The Impact of Climate Change on our Neighbors and Children,” Climate Justice/Environmental Stewardship Series, Asbury UMC, Delaware, Ohio, March 24, 2019.

Other activities

Treasurer, International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 2019-22.

Workshop for Early Career Theological School Faculty, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.

Paul Numrich
Professor in the Snowden Chair for the Study of Religion and Interreligious Relations

Publications

“Not Sure About Using Space in a Church or Synagogue? Three Things You Should Know About Congregations,” Sacred Places: The Magazine of Partners for Sacred Places, Autumn/Winter 2018-19.

“The Rhetoric of American Exceptionalism in the Interfaith Movement in the United States,” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 54.1, Winter 2019.

“How Important Is Religion in Interreligious Relationships? Interreligious Space-Sharing as a Case Study,” Journal of Interreligious Studies 26, March 2019.

“A Case for Closed Communion in Interfaith Contexts,” Currents in Theology and Mission 46.2, April 2019.

Meetings

Interfaith Association of Central Ohio Annual Main Event.

Interfaith solidarity service, Congregation Tifereth Israel, Columbus.

Community Kristallnacht Commemoration, Columbus.

“A Convening on the Case Method,” Harvard University.

Ramchand Pakistani film showing and panel discussion sponsored by Worthington Interfaith Neighbors.

Goodspeed Conference, Denison University.

Church and popular lectures

“As Far as It Depends on You,” Ahimsa Day talk, Jain Center of Central Ohio.

Other activities

Received commendation for publishing The Abrahamic Encounter: Local Initiatives, Large Implications from the Columbus City Council President.

Reviewed proposals for Oxford University Press, New York University Press, Routledge, Sociology of Religion journal, and Space and Culture journal.

M. Fulgence Nyengele
Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling in the Chryst Chair in Pastoral Theology
Director of Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries Program

Publications

“Perfect Love and Ubuntu: Building Empathic Community Across Differences as a Dimension of Missio Dei,” in Missio Dei and the United States: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, 2018.

“The Development and Spread of United Methodism in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” in Global United Methodism: Telling the Stories, Living into the Realities, edited by Elaine A. Robinson and Amos Nascimento, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, 2019.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Restoring Grace, Restoring Ubuntu: Reclaiming Wesleyan Social Holiness by Recovering the African Concept of Ubuntu,” Practical Theology Section, 14th Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, Oxford, England, Aug. 12-19, 2018.

“The World Is Our Classroom: The Value of Global Consciousness for Methodist Theological Education in African Contexts,” keynote address, Joint Meeting of the African Association of Methodist Institutions of Higher Education and the African Association of United Methodist Theological Institutions, in collaboration with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, Johannesburg, South Africa. Oct. 24-28, 2018.

Ubuntu, Wesleyan Social Holiness, and the Quest for Human Dignity in Contexts of Political Violence,” Methodist Mission Bicentennial Conference Celebrating 200 Years in Mission, presented by the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church and Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, April 8-10, 2019.

Church and popular lectures

“Ethical Dimensions of Pastoral Leadership and the Quest for Wholeness,” minicourse offered at the West Ohio and North Katanga Pastors’ School, Kamina, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 9-12, 2018.

“Spirituality and Pastoral Care,” minicourse offered at the West Ohio and North Katanga Pastors’ School, Kamina, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 9-12, 2018.

Preached “Faith as Putting Out into the Deep,” Ebenezer UMC, Columbus, Feb. 10, 2019.

Preached “Gratitude and Happiness,” Asbury North UMC, Columbus, Feb. 24, 2019.

Preached “Passion for Peace,” Ebenezer UMC, Columbus, April 14, 2019.

Preached “Claiming the Spirit’s Power Upon Us,” Asbury North UMC, Columbus, June 2, 2019.

Joon-Sik Park
Professor in the E. Stanley Jones Chair of World Evangelism
Director of Course of Study School in Ohio

Academic lectures and presentations

“The Missionary Theology of D.T. Niles,” 14th Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, Oxford, England, Aug. 12-18, 2018.

Meetings

50th Anniversary Celebration of the Concordat between the United Methodist Church and the Methodist Church in Britain, London, England, Aug. 10-12, 2018.

Course of Study Directors Meeting, Durham, North Carolina, Oct. 1-3, 2018.

American Society of Missiology Board of Directors Meeting, Chicago, Nov. 9-10, 2018.

Church and popular lectures

“Hospitality as a Context for Evangelism,” All People Conference, Columbus, Oct. 29, 2018.

Preached “On Prayer,” Amen Korean Methodist Church, Seoul, Korea, Jan. 20, 2019.

Ryan Schellenberg
Associate Professor of New Testament

Publications

“The Rest of Paul’s Imprisonments,” Journal of Theological Studies 69 (2018).

“οἱ πιστεύοντες: An Early Christ-Group Self-Designation and Paul’s Rhetoric of Faith,” New Testament Studies 65 (2019).

Academic lectures and presentations

“Carceral Logics, Then and Now,” Dennison University, Granville, Ohio, March 7, 2019.

“Care for Prisoners in Ancient Christianity.” Course of Study School of Ohio enrichment session, MTSO, May 3, 2019.

“Reading Philippians in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” MTSO faculty lecture, May 7, 2019.

Meetings

Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Denver, Nov. 17-21, 2018.

Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 1-3, 2019.

Church and popular lectures

“Early Christianity and the Prisoner,” guest facilitator, Duquesne University/Alleghany County Jail, Pittsburgh, Oct. 11, 2018.

Preached “The Justice of God,” Jubilee Mennonite Church, Bellefontaine, Ohio, Jan. 13, 2019.

“Paul, Prison, and the Justice of God,” Columbus Mennonite Church, Jan. 21-26, 2019.

“Early Christianity and Mass Incarceration,” Worthington UMC, Worthington, Ohio, March 31, 2019.

Timothy L. Van Meter
Associate Professor in the Alford Chair of Christian Education and Youth Ministry
Coordinator of Ecological Initiatives

Academic lectures and presentations

Southwestern Symposium on Ecology in Theological Education, March 14-16, 2019.

Boston Regional Symposium on Ecology in Theological Education, April 4-5, 2019.

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and Waterman Farm, Ohio State University, May 29, 2019.

On Food and Faith: Ministry in the Time of Climate Change, MTSO, May 30-June 1, 2019.

Meetings

Hispanic Summer Program annual board meeting, Oct. 24-26, 2018.

Food Hubs and Farming conference, held in partnership with Ohio State University InFACT, MTSO, Nov. 9, 2018.

Duke Inaugural Food and Faith Convening, Duke World Food Policy Center, Nov. 12-13, 2018.

Central Ohio Communities Project Sustainability Summit, Feb. 2, 2019.

Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Conference, Feb. 15-16, 2019.

United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries Sustainability and the Built Environment Gathering, March 10-11, 2019.

Sustainability Throughout the Curriculum Workshop, presented by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Emory University, Atlanta, June 2-4, 2019.

Organizing meeting for the Spirituality and Sustainability Network invited gathering, Washington, D.C., June 14-16, 2019.

U.S. Climate Action Network meeting, St Paul, Minnesota, June 19-21, 2019.

Hispanic Summer Program 30th Anniversary Gathering, San Antonio, June 27-29, 2019.

Church and popular lectures

Canton United Methodist Pastor Urban Network, monthly Bible studies on food, ecology and justice, September 2018-May 2019.

Charles R. Foster Conference on Theological Education, presented, April 25-27, 2019.

Other activities

Board chair, Ohio Interfaith Power and Light, 2019.

Treasurer, Hispanic Summer Program, 2016-present.

Executive board, Green Seminaries Initiative.

Grant director, Ecology in Theological Education, Luce Fund for Theological Education.

Robin Knowles Wallace
Professor in the Taylor Endowed Chair of Worship and Music

Publications

Review of “British Methodist Hymnody: Theology, Heritage, and Experience” by Martin V. Clarke in The Hymn, Summer 2018.

Review of “British Methodist Hymnody: Theology, Heritage, and Experience” by Martin V. Clarke in Reading Religion, July 9, 2018.

“‘My life flows on’: A Multidimensional Study,” Bulletin of The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Winter 2019.

“Each Breath is Borrowed Air,” United Methodist Church Annual Conference 2019, with Chi Yi Wolbrink, The Hymn, Winter 2019.

Meetings

The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland, July 2018.

Charles Wesley Society, Bristol, England, July 2018.

Church and popular lectures

“‘My Life Flows On’: A Multidimensional Study,” presentation for the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Bishop Burton, U.K., July 27, 2018.

Keynote speaker and workshop leader, Town and Rural Resource Program of the East and West Ohio Annual Conferences: “Theology of Hymns for the 21st Century,” “Creative Worship Planning” and “Planning for Advent,” Christ UMC, Baltimore, Ohio, Sept. 15, 2018.

Leadership in ordination of Beth Staten, Zion United Church of Christ, Delaware, Ohio, Sept. 22, 2018.

Leadership in ordination of Joanna Samuelson, North Congregational United Church of Christ, Columbus, Oct. 20, 2018.

Leadership in the installation of Rev. Imani and Rev. Colin Jones at Advent United Church of Christ, Columbus, Nov. 3, 2018.

Leadership in the service of leave-taking for Rev. Mindy Quelhorst at Grace United Church of Christ, Lancaster, Nov. 11, 2018.

Leadership in ordination of Nicole Pickens, Radnor Congregational (United Church of Christ) Church, Dec. 8, 2018.

Liturgist twice at North Congregational United Church of Christ.

Other activities

Reviewed article for the Yearbook for Ritual and Liturgical Studies, Summer 2018.

Reviewed article for Wesley and Methodist Studies, Summer 2018.

Sang with chorus for Messiah, Church of the Messiah UMC, Westerville, Dec. 16, 2018.

Keyboardist for Radnor United Church of Christ, Dec. 23-24, 2018.

Research in the Elias Hymnology Collection, Westminster College, Cambridge, England, August 2018 and April-May 2019.

Research on Iona, Scotland, Holy Week 2019.

Serve on Department for Church and Authorized Ministry, Central Southeast Ohio Association, Ohio Conference, United Church of Christ.

Yvonne Zimmerman
Associate Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

Publications

“Human Trafficking and Religious Movements,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, edited by Paul A. Djupe, New York City: Oxford University Press, April 2019.

Academic lectures and presentations

Panelist, “Violence, Humanity, and Citizenship,” with Jennifer Harvey and James McCarty, LGBT and Queer Studies in Religion Interest Group, Society of Christian Ethics Annual Meeting, Louisville, Jan. 5, 2019.

Co-facilitator, “Queer Sexual Ethics and Deep Theology,” with Joshua Stokes at Q Christian Fellowship, Chicago, Jan. 12, 2019.

Meetings

American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, Denver, Nov. 17-20, 2018.

Association of Theological Schools School for New Deans, December 2018.

Association of Theological Schools Chief Academic Officers Conference, April 2019.

Church and popular lectures

Panelist, “The Intersection of Religion and Human Trafficking,” Second Annual Monica Peterson Memorial Lecture, University of Denver, March 8, 2019.

“Justice in Acts,” Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio Big Reads Colloquium, Dayton, April 30, 2019.