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

Commentary on Genesis 1:1-5, workingpreacher.org, Jan. 7, 2018.

Commentary on 1 Samuel 3:1-10, workingpreacher.org, Jan. 14, 2018.

Commentary on Jonah 3:1-5, workingpreacher.org, Jan. 21, 2018.

Commentary on Deuteronomy 18:15-20, workingpreacher.org, Jan. 28, 2018.

“Justice as a Gospel Mandate,” ecclesio.com, April 17, 2018.

“Proving Jesus Wrong about Poverty,”
ecclesio.com, April 23, 2018.

Academic lectures and presentations

Project Access,” Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, New Orleans, July 16-21, 2017.

Panelist, Black Theology and Leadership Institution, Princeton, New Jersey, July 22, 2017.

Plenary speaker, Union of Black Episcopalians, Philadelphia, July 24, 2017.

“It’s All Good Until a Bee Stings You: On Not Romanticizing the Work,” Midwest Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education, MTSO, October 2017.

“Writing Phone Numbers on My Arm: Activism and Scholarship in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter,” Society of Biblical Literature on Minoritized Criticism and Biblical Interpretation, Boston, Nov. 18, 2017.

Panelist, Schooler Institute, MTSO, Feb. 6, 2018.

Meetings

Interfaith Partners for Peace Divinity School Leaders and Scholars study tour in Israel-Palestine, Aug. 2-11, 2017.

Wabash Peer Mentoring Group Gathering, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7-10, 2017.

American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, Nov. 17-21, 2017.

Academy of Homiletics, Denver, Dec. 7-9, 2017.

Mystic Soul Gathering: Spiritual Care for Activists, Chicago, Jan. 11-13, 2018.

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference: The Social Justice Network, Memphis, Feb. 12-15, 2018.

Power Rising Summit: Building an Agenda for Black Women, ritualist for final worship service, Feb. 23-25, 2018.

Women in Leadership, Association of Theological Schools, Pittsburgh, Feb. 28-March 2, 2018.

Society for the Study of Black Religion, Memphis, March 15-17, 2018.

Association of United Methodist Theological Schools gathering of deans and presidents, Dallas, March 25-17, 2018.

Inaugural Conference on Womanist Leadership, Center for Womanist Leadership, Richmond, Virginia, April 5-7, 2018.

Moderator for Panel on Activism, 50 Years after Dr. King’s Assassination, Ecumenical Advocacy Days, Washington, D.C., April 20-23, 2018.

United Methodist Women Assembly, Columbus, May 18-20, 2018.

Presented at Forum for Theological Exploration Grantee Consultation, Atlanta, May 29-30, 2018.

Association of Theological Schools Pre-Biennial Deans’ Meeting/Deans’ and Presidents’ Biennial Meeting, Denver, June 19-21, 2018.

Church and popular lectures

“Pride and Protest: A Community Conversation,” preached at Summit on 16th UMC; facilitated a conversation on racism in the LGBTQIA+ community in and around Columbus, July 2, 2017.

“How Do You Read It?” preached at Ohio Northern University, Sep. 28, 2017.

Guest on WURD radio Philadelphia via phone on prophetic preaching as imagining a new world, Oct. 17, 2017.

“A Brave New World: Safe(r) Space for LGBTQIA+ Kin,” South Euclid UCC Leadership Summit, Cleveland, Nov. 3, 2017.

Preached at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Rockville, Maryland, Nov. 4, 2017.

“The Bible and Sexuality,” Destiny UCC, Cincinnati, Feb. 3, 2018.

“The Bible and Sexuality,” Congregational Teach-in, St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Feb. 17, 2018.

Preached four services at Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria, Virginia, March 3-4, 2018.

“Worship, the Bible, and Justice,” Mt. Aery Baptist Church, Bridgeport, Connecticut, March 24, 2018.

Preached at Mt. Aery Baptist Church, Bridgeport, Connecticut, March 25, 2018.

Preached at Emory Fellowship (UMC), Washington, D.C., April 29, 2018.

Preached at Christ Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis, May 13, 2018.

Other activities

Podcast: “The Overwhelming Challenge of God,” thethread.ptsem.edu.

Named Distinguished Alumna, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Jan. 31, 2018.

Endorsement for Womanist Sass and Talk Back: Social (In)Justice, Intersectionality, and Biblical Interpretation by Mitzi Smith.

Served as peer reviewer for article for Teaching Religion and Theology Journal, Feb. 7, 2018.

Wrote and performed “Falling” for the Sixth Word in the production “Rhythms of the Cross: Good Friday Moves,” St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Philadelphia, March 30, 2018.

Inside-Out Training for Teaching Prisons, Fairmont, West Virginia, June 10-16, 2018.

Study Tour to Black Religious Impact in Paris, France, with the Society for the Study of Black Religion, June 23-July 2, 2018.

Jeffrey Jaynes
Professor in the Warner Chair of Church History

Publications

Christianity Beyond Christendom: The Global Christian Experience on Medieval ‘Mappaemundi’ and Early Modern World Maps, Wolfenbüttler Forschungen no. 149, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, May 8, 2018.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Whose ‘Holy Land’? The Contested Representation of Israel/Palestine in Early Modern Cosmographies and Regional Maps,” Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Reformation Era: Joint Conference Verein für Reformationsgeschichte and the Society for Reformation Research, Nuremberg, Germany, July 2017.

“Church Ordinances and Printing,” 13th International Conference on Luther Research, Wittenberg, Germany, August 2017.

Meetings

Seminar Participant, “Ecclesiology in the Early Luther,” 13th International Conference on Luther Research, Wittenberg, Germany, August 2017.

Seminary Hill Colloquy, MTSO, April 18-19, 2018.

Church and popular lectures

“A World Divided: Considering the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation,” Series at First Community Church, Columbus, September-October, 2017.

“‘Was not Martin Luther an Extremist?’ The Legacy of the Reformation in the Family of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” lecture with Tejai Beulah, MTSO, Nov. 1, 2017.

Preached “The Story of a Skeptic,” First Presbyterian Church, Fredericktown, Ohio, April 8, 2018.

“Reformation Radicals: Violence, Non-Violence, and Social Change in the Cause of Religion,” Broad Street Presbyterian Church, Columbus, April 2018. 

John Kampen
Professor in the Dunn Chair in Biblical Interpretation

Publications

“Wisdom Collections,” Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media, ed. London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2017: 454-56.

“The Puzzle of Torah and the Qumran Wisdom Texts,” HĀ-’ÎSH MŌSHE: Studies in Scriptural Interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature in Honor of Moshe J. Bernstein. ed. Binyamin Y. Goldstein, Michael Segal and George J. Brooke. Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 122. Leiden: Brill, 2017.

“Our Commitment to Jewish Dialogue,” The Mennonite, March 2018: 32.

Academic lectures and presentations

“The Gospel of Matthew and Antisemitism,” Mennonite Scholars and Friends, American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature meeting, Boston, Nov. 17, 2017.

“Torah and Wisdom in the Rules Texts from Qumran,” The Dead Sea Scrolls Seventy Years Later: Manuscripts, Traditions, Interpretations, and Their Biblical Contexts, University of Lublin, Lublin Poland, Oct. 26, 2017.

“The Gospel of Matthew and the Challenge of Antisemitism,” Believers’ Church Conference, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, Sept. 15, 2017.

“Does the Use of Isaiah 40:3 Necessarily Point to the Wilderness?” The Dead Sea Scrolls at Seventy, The Sixteenth International Orion Symposium, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, April 29-May 2, 2018.

Respondent to Francis Borchardt, “Judean Scribal Culture Through the Lens of Graeco-Roman Compositional Practice,” Nangeroni Meeting of the Enoch Seminar, “The Period of the Middle Maccabees: From the Death of Judas through the Reign of John Hyrcanus,” Gazzada, Italy, June 10-15, 2018.

Meetings

International Congress on Luther Research, Wittenberg, Germany, August 2017.

Believers Church Conference, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, Sept. 14-16, 2017.

Dead Sea Scrolls at Seventy, Catholic University, Lublin, Poland, Oct. 25-26, 2017.

National Council of Churches, Jewish-Christian Dialogue, Washington, D.C., Nov. 1, 2017.

American Schools of Oriental Research, Boston, Nov. 16-18, 2017.

Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, Nov. 18-21, 2017.

Mennonites and the Holocaust, Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, March 16-17, 2018.

Mennonite Interagency Consultation on Interreligious Relations, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, March 23, 2018.

Alumni Leadership Council Meeting, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, April 9-10, 2018.

Church and popular lectures

“The Abnormality of Hope,” sermon, Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship, Cincinnati, Dec. 3, 2017. 

Benediction, installation of president of West Virginia Wesleyan University, Buckhannon, West Virginia, Oct. 13, 2017.

“Unexpected and Unusual Wisdom from the Dead Sea Scrolls,” Beth Tikvah, Columbus, March 14, 2018.

Other activities

Elected incoming vice-president, Alumni Leadership Council, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, appointment effective July 1.

Appointed to a second three-year term, Honors and Awards Committee, American Schools of Oriental Research.

Participant, monthly electronic meetings of the Mennonite-Jewish Relations Working Group.

Consultant to Mennonite Church USA on Jewish-Christian Relations.

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

Publications

“Two Mothers and Two Sons: Reading 1 Kings 3:16-28 as a Parody on Solomon’s Coup (1 Kings 1-2),” Partners with God: Theological and Critical Readings of the Bible in Honor of Marvin A. Sweeney, ed. Shelley L. Birdsong and Serge Frolov; Claremont Press, 2017.

“Pursing Happiness across Cultures: Positive Psychology, Ecclesiastes, African Ubuntu, and Korean Jeong in Creative Dialogues,” Bridging the Divide Between the Bible and Pastoral Theology, co-authored with M. Fulgence Nyengele, ed. Denise Dombrowski Hopkins and Michael Koppel, Cambridge Scholars, 2018.

Academic lectures and presentations

“What Might Biblical Scholarship Learn from Korea Under Japanese Occupation About Yehud Under the Neo-Babylonians?” Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Berlin, Aug. 6-11, 2017.

“Joseph vis-à-vis Moses” Presidential Address at Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society Meeting, Akron, March 15, 2018.

Meetings

Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Boston, Nov. 18-21, 2017.

Eastern Great Lakes Bible Society (Society of Biblical Literature regional meeting), Akron, March 15-16, 2018.

Church and popular lectures

Sermon: “Back to the Future,” Condit Presbyterian Church, Sunbury, Ohio, July 2, 2017.

Sermon for World Communion Sunday (Exodus 17:1-7; Matthew 21:23-32), Glen Echo Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Oct. 1, 2017.

Sermon at Hilliard Presbyterian Church, Hilliard, Ohio, Oct. 15, 2017.

Sermon at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Worthington, Ohio, Nov. 12, 2017. 

Sermon: “Are We There Yet?” (Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Matthew 25:31-46) at Condit Presbyterian Church, Sunbury, Ohio, Nov. 26, 2017. 

Sermon at Fredericktown Presbyterian Church, Fredericktown, Ohio, March 22, 2018.

Sermon at Condit Presbyterian Church, Sunbury, Ohio, April 8 and May 20, 2018.

Sarah Heaner Lancaster
Professor in the Werner Chair of Theology

Publications

“Ecumenical Insights for Overcoming Obstacles to Unity in Christ,” Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2017.

“Unity begins in baptism,” commentary for United Methodist Forum: What Does Unity Look Like? “Many Voices, One Faith.”

“The Power of Non-Coercive Miracles,” The Uncontrolling Love of God: Essays Exploring the Love of God, eds. Craig Drurey, Lisa Michaels, Chris Baker, Gloria Coffin, Donna Fiser Ward and Graden Kirksey, Sacrasage Press, 2017.

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

Academic lectures and presentations

“Evoking Places: Vocation, Roots, and Routes,” Religious Education Association Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Nov. 3-5, 2017. 

Meetings

United Methodist Association of Scholars in Christian Education, July 28-31, 2017.

Other activities

Chaired Association of Theological Schools focused visit at United Lutheran Seminary.

Two prayers were accepted by Friendship Press for publication in Toward Racial Equity: Prayers and Resources for the Journey, a resource to support the work of the National Council of Churches’ racial equity initiative.

Book proposal for Evoking Places was accepted and put under contract with Abingdon Press, with a targeted release date of March 2019.

Linda A. Mercadante
Professor of Theology in the Straker Chair of Historical Theology

Publications

“‘Cheesy’ and the Church: Cultivating Space for Authentic Emotion,” Bearings Online, July 2017.

“Start by Listening: How Christians Can Find Common Ground with SBNR,” Bearings Online, November 2017.

“Belief Without Borders: Examining Anew the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious” in Being Spiritual but Not Religious, ed. William B. Parsons, Routledge, 2018.

“Does Sexual Harassment Prove the Doctrine of Sin? SBNRs on Human Nature,” Bearings Online, Collegeville Institute, February 2018.  

“What Do You Mean by ‘God’?” in Bearings Online, Ecumenical Institute, March 2018.

Academic lectures and presentations

Scioto Valley Clergy Women group, monthly discussion. 

Collegeville Institute, Theological Writers’ Conference, August 2017.

“Addiction and Ministry,” workshop,  Princeton Seminary Women in Ministry Conference, October 2017.

Panelist and presenter, American Academy of Religion, Exploratory Session on the  Spiritual but not Religious: A Roundtable Discussion on the Past, Present and Future(s) of Research, November 2017. 

“Understanding the Spiritual but not Religious,” World Religions Series, sponsored by First Community Church, held at First Unitarian Church, Columbus, December 2017. 

“The Beliefs of the Spiritual but not Religious,” Harvard Divinity and Center for Study of World Religions, April 13, 2018.

Meetings

Traverse City Film Festival, July 2017 and July 2018. 

Clintonville Progressives, September 2017.

National Speakers Association, September 2017.

Interfaith March for Peace and Justice, planning committee, November 2017.

American Academy of Religion, November 2017.

“The Future of Spiritual but not Religious,” Academic Conference, Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions, April 12-15, 2018.

SUN Behavioral Health, consultant on chaplaincy with SBNRs, Feb. 23 and March 2, 2018.

Iftar Celebration, Central Ohio Community Leaders, Noor Islamic Center, May 22, 2018.

Clergy Women Covenant Group, Presbytery of Scioto Valley, January, March, April and May 2018.

Church and popular lectures

“Reaching the ‘Spiritual but not Religious,’” Worthington Presbyterian Church, Presbytery event, April 10, 2018.

“Inside the Minds of the SBNR,” public presentation, “The Future of SBNR,” Harvard Divinity School and Center for Study of World Religions, April 12-15, 2018.

“History of Immigration to the U.S.,” Columbus Mennonite Church Adult Forum, March 11, 2018.

“The Barmen Declaration and Its Meaning Today,” Columbus Mennonite Church, Adult Forum, May 13, 2018.

Report on walking the Camino de Santiago, Columbus Mennonite Church, June 2018.

Other activities

Award from Bearings Online: “Best of Bearings Online 2017.”

Honored by Worthington Chamber of Commerce honoring public officials, November 2017.

Planning Committee, Interfaith March for Peace and Justice.

Marshall, Interfaith March for Peace and Justice, April 29, 2018.

University of Virginia Press, chosen as peer reviewer of manuscripts.

Current Drug Abuse Reviews, chosen as manuscript reviewer.

Victory Drummers, Ohio State University James Cancer Medical Center.

Named president, Worthington Libraries Board of Trustees.

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

Publications

“Por Uma Práxis Decológica [Towards a Decological Praxis],” Religião, Gênero, Violências e Direitos Humanos, ed. Wanderley Pereira da Rosa and Reginaldo P. Braga Junior, Editora Unida, 2018.

Academic lectures and presentations

“A Pedagogy of Decoloniality,” paper presented at “Making Alliances, Breaking Taboos, and Transforming Religions,” Feminist Studies in Religion Visioning Conference, July 18, 2017. 

“Connecting Theology, Ecology and Race: A Conversation on Environmental Justice,” lecture, MTSO, Sept. 28, 2017.

“Teaching Methodologies for Ecotheological Classes,” paper delivered in the pedagogy panel, Midwest Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education, MTSO, Oct. 18, 2017. 

Organized and presided over “Rethinking Resistance and Resilience” panel, Women’s Caucus at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Boston, Nov. 17, 2017.

Presented paper, “Towards a Decological Praxis,” First Consultation on Religion, Gender, Violence and Human Rights, Faculdade Unida de Vitória, Vitória, Brazil, May 16-18, 2018.

Meetings

“Making Alliances, Breaking Taboos, and Transforming Religions,” Feminist Studies in Religion Visioning Conference, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, July 18-21, 2017.

Midwest Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education, MTSO, Oct. 16-18, 2017.

American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Boston, Nov. 17-21, 2017.

Seminary Hill Colloquy, MTSO, April 18-19, 2018.

Activities

Women’s Caucus of the American Academy of Religion, Steering Committee, 2017-present.

International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture Board of Directors, 2016-19.

Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, assistant editor, 2016-present.

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

Publications

“When Congregations Share Their
Properties – 5 Principles for Good Decisions,” studyingcongregations.org, April 25, 2018. 

Academic lectures and presentations

“A Social Exchange Theory Analysis of Religious Space-Sharing,” paper presented in the Anthropology and Sociology of Religion Section, American Academy of Religion Midwest Region Annual Meeting, Muncie, Indiana, March, 3, 2018.        

“The Rhetoric of American Exceptionalism in Interfaith Initiatives in the United States,” paper presented in the Religion and American Culture Section, American Academy of Religion Midwest Region Annual Meeting, Muncie, Indiana, March 3, 2018.   

“Space-Sharing Principles for Religious Organizations and Groups,” lecture, MTSO, March 7, 2018.                

Other activities

Conducting field research for project on space-sharing by religious organizations and groups.

Francesca Nuzzolese
Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Academic lectures and presentations

“Dislocating Spirituality – or a Spirituality for the ‘Dislocated,’” lecture for the Spirituality and Worship Commission of the Baptist World Alliance, Bangkok, Thailand, July 6, 2017.

“Identity and Belonging for Third Culture Kids,” a five-day seminar for third-culture kids, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship-sponsored event, Green Lake, Wisconsin, July 15-22, 2017.

Keynote speaker at Leadership Training Seminar for International and Migrant Methodist Congregations in Europe.

“The Re-Humanizing Project: A Theo-ethical Response to the Phenomenon of Dehumanization,” presenting at consultation on Religion, Gender, Violence and Human Rights, Vitoria, Brazil, May 16-18, 2018.

Meetings

“Oriented to Love,” on-site spiritual director for dialogue retreat on sexual/gender diversity in the church and across the theological spectrum, Philadelphia, Sept. 17-19, 2017.

Church and popular lectures

“The Art and Science of Theological Reflection,” didactic teaching for chaplains in training at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, March 2018.

“Embodying Diversity,” Didactic Teaching for Chaplains in Training at Riverside Methodist Medical Center, Columbus, April 2018.

M. Fulgence Nyengele
Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling in the Chryst Chair in Pastoral Theology

Publications

“Pursing Happiness across Cultures: Positive Psychology, Ecclesiastes, African Ubuntu, and Korean Jeong in Creative Dialogues,” Bridging the Divide Between the Bible and Pastoral Theology, co-authored with Paul Kim, ed. Denise Dombrowski Hopkins and Michael Koppel, Cambridge Scholars, 2018.

Church and popular lectures

“An Inconvenient Compassion,” sermon at University Circle UMC, Cleveland, April 29, 2018.

“Joined as One in the Act of Giving,” sermon at Ebenezer UMC, Columbus, May 13, 2018.

Joon-Sik Park
Professor in the E. Stanley Jones Chair of World Evangelism

Publications

“Victory Through Surrender: E. Stanley Jones’s Understanding of Conversion,” E. Stanley Jones and Sharing the Good News in a Pluralistic Society, ed. Douglas Powe and Jack Jackson, Wesley’s Foundery Books, 2018.

Meetings

Course of Study Directors Meeting, Nashville, Oct. 17-19, 2017.

Steering Committee of the Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships of the UMC, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, Nov. 1-3, 2017.

North American Lausanne Evangelism Scholars Group, Wheaton, Illinois, Dec. 18-19, 2017.

World Council of Churches Conference on World Mission and Evangelism, Arusha, Tanzania, March 8-13, 2018.

American Society of Missiology Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting, South Bend, Indiana, June 15-17, 2018.

Church and popular lectures

“Holocaust and Christian Rescuers,” Trinity UMC, Columbus, July 20, 2017.

“Biblical Foundations for Multiculturalism,” All People Conference, Columbus, Oct. 23, 2017.

“Facing God,” sermon at Amen Korean Methodist Church, Seoul, Korea, Jan. 21, 2018.

Other activities

Recipient of the 2018-19 Florence Bell Scholar Award for academic research (“The Worldwide Nature of The United Methodist Church: A Historical and Missiological Reflection”) at the United Methodist Archives and History Center at Drew University.

Ryan Schellenberg
Assistant Professor of New Testament

Publications

“Release to the Captives.,” Sojourners 46, No. 8, August 2017.

“Subsistence, Swapping, and Paul’s Rhetoric of Generosity,” Journal of Biblical Literature 137, 2018.

“Did Paul Refuse an Offer of Support from the Corinthians?” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 40, 2018.

Review of Philippians by Gordon Zerbe, Conrad Grebel Review 36, 2018.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Indifference, Embodiment, and Resistance, from Paul to Herman Wallace,” Prison States and Political Embodiment, Centre for Comparative Studies, University of Lisbon, Sept. 8, 2017.

Response to papers presented in “Approaching Pauline Biography” session, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Boston, Nov. 19, 2017.

“Care for Prisoners in Early Christianity,” Premier Scholarship Day lecture, MTSO, Feb. 19, 2018.

Church and popular lectures

“The Language of the Kingdom,” lecture in honor of Robert C. Tannehill, Alumni Day, MTSO, Oct. 9, 2017.

“Prison, Paul, and Black History,” NAACP Black History Month event, Marion Correctional Institution, Marion, Ohio, Feb. 11, 2018.

Other activities

Instructor Training, Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, Fairmont, West Virginia, June 10-16, 2018.

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

Academic lectures and presentations

“Ecological Initiatives at MTSO as a Model for a Sustainable Campus,” Spirituality and Sustainability Conference, Rome and Assisi, Italy, July 2, 2017.

“Ecology and Theology in Dialogue,” presentation with Greg Hitzhusen, Ecological Society of America, Aug. 11, 2017.

“Walking Toward Ecological Curriculum,” workshop at Midwest Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education, MTSO, Oct. 17-18, 2017.

“Teaching Theology in Place,” pedagogy panel at Midwest Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education, MTSO, Oct. 18, 2017. 

“Extending the Table: Hospitality as Church,” GBHEM Missio Dei conference, Boston, Nov. 19, 2017.

“Ecology and Theology in Dialogue,” Working Summit on Climate Change, Stratford Ecological Center, Delaware, Ohio, Jan. 19, 2018.

“Who’s at the Table? Intersections Between Ecology and Evangelism,” March 21, 2018.

“Ecology in Theological Curriculum,” keynote at Southern Symposium for Ecology in Theological Education, March 22, 2018.

Meetings

Sustainability and Spirituality Conference, Rome and Assisi, Italy, June 26-July 3, 2017.

Harmony in Food and Farming, Llandovery, Wales, July 10-12, 2017.  

Ecological Society of America, Aug. 7-11, 2017.

Planned and led Midwest Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education, MTSO, Oct. 17-18, 2017.

Transition Toward Ecological Civilization, Center for Process Studies, Claremont, California, Nov. 6-10, 2017. 

National Food System Resilience and Equity consultation, part of Ohio region team, May 2018.

Church and popular lectures

“Theology in Place,” keynote, Hoosier Creation Care Summit, Oct. 7, 2017.

Sermon on Food Security, Gobin UMC, Greencastle, Indiana, Oct. 8, 2017.

Climate Change and Theology, Asbury UMC United Methodist Women, Delaware, Ohio, Oct. 26, 2017.

“Growing Theology,” Nabrit Community Garden Celebration, Dec. 9, 2017.

Other activities

Consulted on startup of Jubilee Farm, Larne, Northern Ireland, July 7, 2017.

Stinner Summit, Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences sustainable visioning meeting, Sept. 29, 2017.

Consulted with Franciscan sisters on farm transition at Michaela Farm, Oldenberg, Indiana, Oct. 8, 2017.

Consulted on Lima Urban Farm Project, Oct. 10, 2017.

American Academy of Religion, Nov. 17-22, 2017.

Ohio Interfaith Power & Light Board.

Be the Spark Organizing Training, Ohio Interfaith Power & Light, Dec. 1-2, 2017.

Executive Board, Green Seminary Initiative.

Seminary Hill Colloquy, March 18-19, 2018.

Treasurer, Hispanic Summer Program.

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

Publications

The Hymn 68:4, editor, Autumn 2017.

“Christmas Carols: Something New with the Old,” AIM: Liturgy Resources, Winter 2018.

“Singing Our Christmas: Carols New and Old,” Worship, Music and Ministry: A Journal of the United Church of Christ Musicians Association 16:1, Fall 2017.

Review of The King of Love: 10 Traditional Hymns for Piano and Solo Instrument by Kevin Keil, in The Stanza, February 2018.

Review of Come, O Holy House, and Worship by Benjamin Brody in The Hymn 69:2, Spring 2018.

Review of British Methodist Hymnody by Martin V. Clarke at readingreligion.org, July 9, 2018.

Academic lectures and presentations

“For Such a Time as This,” keynote, annual meeting of Northwest Ohio Association, April 28, 2018.

“Worship for ‘Such a Time as This,’” workshop, annual meeting of Northwest Ohio Association, April 28, 2018.

Meetings

Chaired Editorial Advisory Board meeting, Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada, July 16, 2017.

Annual Conference, Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada, Waterloo, Ontario, July 16-20, 2017.

Executive Committee, Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada, July 15, 2017.

Church and popular lectures

Participated in leadership in the ordination services of four MTSO alumni.

Preached at Zion UCC, Feb. 11, 2018.

“Shaped by Prayer,” five-week adult education series, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Worthington, Ohio, Feb. 18-March 18, 2018.

Other activities

Book cover endorsement of Santo, santo, santo/Holy, Holy, Holy: Cantos para el pueblo de Dios/Songs for the People of God, GIA, 2018.

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

Lisa Withrow
Professor in the Dewire Chair of Christian Leadership

Academic lectures and presentations

Presentation on intercultural competency for training of new United Methodist district superintendents and directors of connectional ministry, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, Aug. 22-23, 2017.

“Conflict Styles and Polarity Management,” presentation at International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education, Case Western Reserve University, May 2018.

Meetings

Completed Change Leadership certificate from SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University.

Church and popular lectures

Critical Response Training, East Ohio Conference of the UMC, Aug. 19, 2017.  

“Celtic Spirituality,” Faith UMC, North Canton, Ohio, July 8-9, 2017.

Ongoing preaching as lead pastor on interim transition team, University Circle UMC, Cleveland, spring 2018.

Other activities

Consultation for theological school, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Sept. 7-9, 2017.

“Women Writing for a Change: #MeToo” roundtable, Nov. 28, 2017.

Coaching UCC national and regional leaders regarding futures of ministry.

Developing a women’s entrepreneurial network across two states for clergywomen and counselors.

Yvonne Zimmerman
Associate Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

Publications

“Disrupting Religious Privilege: Code of Conduct for Religious Institutions, Faith Communities and Faith-based Organizations for Their Work with Survivors of Forced Labour, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery,” Routledge Handbook of Human Trafficking, ed. R. Piotrowicz, C. Rijken and B. H. Uhl, Routledge, 2018.

“Christian Ethics and Human Trafficking Activism: Progressive Christianity and Social Critique,” with Letitia M. Campbell, in Sex and Gender: Christian Ethical Reflections, ed. Mary Jo Iozzio and Patricia Beattie Jung, Georgetown University Press, 2017.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Religion Is as Religion Does: The Role of Religion in U.S. Antitrafficking Politics,” guest lecture in forced labor and human trafficking, Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, Oct. 25, 2017.

“Beyond the Politics of Rescue: Organizing, Empowerment and Harm Reduction in the Movement to End Human Trafficking,” lecture with Letitia Campbell, MTSO, May 1, 2018.

Meetings

American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Boston, November 2017.

Association of Theological Schools Women in Leadership 20th Anniversary Celebration: “Having Our Say: Celebrating and Moving Forward,” Pittsburgh, Feb. 28-March 2, 2018.

Church and popular lectures

Chloe’s Circle Wisdom Conversation Partner, WomanPreach! Inc., MTSO, Sept. 29-30, 2017.

Other activities

Religion Compass editorial board.