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 recent accomplishments.

Valerie Bridgeman
Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible

Publications

“Walking” and “Apocalypse/When Freedom Can be Had,” Society for Arts in Religious and Theological Studies 26.2, April 15, 2015.

Academic lectures and presentations

“A Report from Ferguson,” presented at the Womanist Ingathering of the American Academy of Religion Conference, Nov. 21, 2014.

“Alternative Training for Practical Ministry: WomanPreach! Inc.,” presented as a case study in the Practical Theology session of the Society of Biblical Literature Conference, Nov. 22, 2014.

“The Character ‘Moloch’ in the Television Series Sleepy Hollow,” presented at the Women in the Biblical World session of the Society of Biblical Literature Conference, Nov. 23, 2014.

Keynote speaker for the 33rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast in Springfield, Mass., 2015.

“Justice: A Hermeneutic for Homiletics,” presented at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Feb. 9, 2015.

“Beyond Band-Aids: Building the Beloved Community in the Age of Ferguson,” Schooler Institute on Preaching, MTSO, Feb. 23, 2015.

“Beauty is Deceitful: A Hermeneutic of Justice in our Imperfect Union,” for the “Thinking Lincoln: The Limits and Possibilities of our Imperfect Union” panel, Society for the Study of Black Religion, Savannah, Ga., March 19, 2015.

“Setting the Captives Free: Preaching for Freedom and Justice,” at “The Voice of the Prophet: Examining the Preaching Ministry of C. L. Franklin for a New Generation,” Detroit, April 16-18, 2015.

Black Theologians Day, East Ohio Conference, May 11, 2015.

Plenary Speaker on Conversations that Matter, for Texas A&M Rural Leadership Conference, May 20, 2015.

Meetings

American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Nov. 20-23, 2014.

Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting, Nov. 20-23, 2014.

Academy of Homiletics, Nov. 20-21, 2014.

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Feb. 8-12, 2015.

Society for the Study of Black Religion, March 19-21, 2015.

Samuel DeWitt Proctor board meeting, June 15-16, 2015.

SpiritHouse Community-Building Conference for Activists, Philadelphia, June 18-20, 2015.

Arts and Spirituality Conference, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis, June 22-26, 2015.

Church and popular lectures

Preached at the Church Anniversary for Unity Church of Baltimore, Nov. 1, 2014.

Presented on authenticity and ministry at PETRA, a ministry to ministers, Nov. 7-8, 2014.

Preached at Springfield United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 9, 2014.

WomanPreach! Inc.’s “Sophie’s Table: Conversations with our Brothers” Preaching Workshop, in collaboration with Mount Aery Baptist Church, Bridgeport, Conn., Nov. 14-15, 2014.

Preached at Mt. Aery Baptist Church, Nov.16, 2014.

Preached at Christ UMC, Northampton, Mass., Nov. 30, 2014.

Preached at Wesley UMC, Springfield, Mass., Nov. 30, 2014.

“Listening for God,” at A Day Apart, sponsored by Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, Birmingham, Ala., March 2, 2015.

“Finding Voice” and “Containers for Sermons” at “Sophie’s Table: A Conversation with our Brothers,” an offering of WomanPreach! Inc., sponsored by Vanderbilt Divinity School and Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church, Nashville, March 13-14, 2015.

Preached at the historic Concord Baptist Church of Christ in New York City, March 15, 2015.

Preached at New Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk, Va., March 22, 2015.

Preached “I Thirst” for Good Friday: Seven Last Sayings, St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Philadelphia, April 3, 2015.

Pastoral Instillation for Rev. James Thomas, First Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, April 12, 2015.

Preached for Women’s Day, Open Church, Baltimore, May 10, 2015.

Preached for Women’s Day, Emory Grove UMC, Gaithersburg, Md., May 31, 2015.        

Preached at Advent UCC, Columbus, June 7, 2015.

Preached at Bethel Family Worship Center (Church of God), Kansas City, Mo., June 21, 2015.   

Jeffrey Jaynes
Professor in the Warner Chair of Church History

Academic lectures and presentations

“The ‘Urban’ Landscape of Reform in Sixteenth Century North Germany,” the European Reformation Research Group, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, U.K., Sept. 9, 2014.

“‘Landscapes’ of the Reformation in 16th Century Northern Germany,” Reformation and Early Modern Seminar, Reformation Studies Institute, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Oct. 16, 2014.

“Kirchenordnungen als Drucke im 16. Jahrhunderts Norddeutschland” at the Stipendiatenkolloquim, Herzog August Bibliothek, April 27, 2015.

Research Fellow, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany. Project: Luther to Lutheranism, Architects of Church Order in 16th century Northern Germany, February-May, 2015.

Meetings

Reformation Studies Colloquium, Cambridge University, Sept. 10-12, 2014.

Appointed Cameron Faculty Fellow, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Fall Term 2014.

John Kampen
Professor in the Dunn Chair in Biblical Interpretation

Publications

“Wisdom in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literatures” in Canonicity, Setting, Wisdom in the Deuterocanonicals: Papers of the Jubilee Meeting of the International Conference on Deuterocanonical Books (ed. Géza G. Xeravits, József Zsengellér and Xavér Szabó; Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014), 89-119.

“Ethics, Second Temple and Hellenistic Judaism,” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Berlin, De Gruyter, 2014. Vol. 8, 106-08.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Where We Came From and Why It Matters: Christianity and Judaism in Formation,” Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Jan. 15, 2015.

Taught “Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls” course, the School of Graduate Studies at Hebrew Union College, spring 2015.

Awards and appointments

Honors and Awards Committee, American Schools of Oriental Research, 2014.

President, School of Graduate Studies Alumni Association, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 2014.

Appointed to second term as president, Hebrew Union College School of Graduate Studies Alumni Association.

Church and popular lectures

“The Dead Sea Scrolls: Ancient History, Unexpected Wisdom,” Chautauqua Lecture Series, Lakeside, Ohio, July 9-10, 2014.

“Where We Came From and Why It Matters: Christianity and Judaism in Formation,” Westerville Community UCC, April 12, 2015.

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

PublicationsBook Review of Kay Weißflog, Zeichen und Sinnbilder: Die Kinder der Propheten Jesaja und Hosea (Arbeiten zur Bibel und ihrer Geschichte 36; Leipzig, Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2011), in Biblica 94 (2013): 297-301.

Concerning the Nations: Essays on the Oracles against the Nations in Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel (co-edited with Else Holt and Andrew Mein; LHB/OTS 612; London: T&T Clark, 2015).

“Isaiah 22: A Crux or a Clue in Isaiah 13-23?” in Concerning the Nations: Essays on the Oracles Against the Nations in Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel (2015), 3-18.

“A Farewell to Trito-Isaiah?: An Inner-Biblical Exegesis of Isaiah 54–57 in Light of Isaiah 1–2 and Psalm 1,” Canon and Culture (2015): 35-70.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Is PERMA Universal? Engaging Positive Psychology with the Korean Cultures of Jeong and the African Tradition of Ubuntu, in Dialogue with Ecclesiastes” (co-presented with Fulgence Nyengele), Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Diego, 2014.

“Pursuing Happiness Across Cultures: Positive Psychology, Bible, Korean Jeong, and African Ubuntu in Creative Dialogue” co-presented with Fulgence Nyengele, faculty lecture, MTSO, April 9, 2015.

Meetings

Korean Church Coalition for North Korea Freedom, Washington, D.C., July 14-17, 2014.

Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society, April 12-13, 2015.

Church and popular lectures

Sermon, “Forgiveness” (Genesis 45:1-15), St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Aug., 17, 2014.

Preached at Korean Presbyterian Church of Columbus, Feb. 15, 2015.

Preached at Condit Presbyterian Church, Sunbury, May 17, 2015.

Sarah Heaner Lancaster
Professor in the Werner Chair of Theology

Publications

Book review of Wesley, Wesleyans, and Reading Bible as Scripture, eds. J.B. Green and D. F. Watson, in Modern Believing 56:1.

Book review of A Living Tradition: Critical Recovery and Reconstruction of Wesleyan Heritage, ed. Mary Elizabeth Mulino Moore, in Wesley and Methodist Studies 7:1.

“Methodist Constructive Theology,” in Circuit Rider, 39:1 (Winter 2014/15), pp. 21-22.

Created for Happiness: Understanding Your Life in God, with Cynthia Bond Hopson, United Methodist Women, February 2015.

Academic lectures and presentations

Panelist on ecumenism, Seminary Leadership Conference, Bexley Seabury, Columbus, Sept. 19, 2014.

“Deaconess: Order and Office,” at the Study of Lay Order in Relationship with the Deaconess/Home Missioner Movement in the United Methodist Church, Scarritt Bennett Center, Nashville, Sept. 26-28, 2014.

Responded to papers in “Wesleyan Perspectives on Embodiment” session, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, Nov. 22, 2014.

Meetings

Consultation on Theological Education, sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, San Diego, Nov. 19-21, 2014.

American Academy of Religion/Society Biblical Literature annual meeting, San Diego, 2014.

“The Future of Theological Education in the UMC,” The Turner Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Feb. 26-28, 2015.

Responded to John Wesley in America, and moderator for panel discussion on “The Ecclesial Theologian in the Wesleyan Tradition: Retrospect and Prospect,” Wesley Theological Society Annual Meeting, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, Ohio, March 6-7, 2015.

Organized and led “United Methodist Women’s History: Voices Lost and Found” conference, MTSO, May 28-30, 2015.

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

Publications

Interviewed for “Examining the Growth of the ‘Spiritual but Not Religious,’” New York Times, July 19, 2014.

“What must the church know about SBNRs?” field notes for Regent College, winter 2015.

Interviewed for “Can You Be Spiritual but not Religious?” on NBCs Today, April 1, 2015.

 “Sin and Addiction: Conceptual Enemies or Fellow Travelers?” in Religions 6 (2), 614-625, May 11, 2015.

“Excerpts from Sin and Addiction,” in Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice, May 19, 2015.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Theological Issues in the Spiritual but not Religious Movement,” Willow Brook Christian Communities, July 25, 2014.

“Spiritual, Religious, or Restless? Reaching the Spiritual but not Religious,” Chaplains Association of Ohio, Mansfield, Oct. 2, 2014.

“Why Should We Care? SBNRs and Chaplaincy,” Chaplain Conference, OhioHealth, Oct. 27, 2014.

Leader and keynoter, Juniata College “Beyond Tolerance” lecture series, Nov. 6, 2014.

“The Nones,”guest lecture, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Nov. 9, 2014.

“Method and Surprising Results in SBNR Research,” American Academy of Religion quad session with sociology, religious conversions, LGBT and gay men’s research, San Diego, Nov. 22, 2014.

“Bumper Sticker Theology,” two workshops, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Feb. 9-10, 2015.

Keynote speaker and leader of two-day seminar, “What Can We Learn from SBNR?” Capital Area Theological Center, Albany, N.Y., May 1-2, 2015.          

Keynote speaker and consultant, Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, Portland, Ore., June 23-24, 2015.

Meetings

Worthington Libraries Board of Trustees, numerous meetings.

Consultant, Jewish-Presbyterian Dialogue on Middle East Conflict, Aug. 7, 2014.

Columbus Foundation, Women in Philanthropy event, Nov. 19, 2014.

American Academy of Religion, Nov. 21-25, 2014.

Scioto Valley Presbytery Clergy Women event, Dec. 10, 2014.

Awards and appointments

Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious named to “Best of the Best” spiritual books list for 2014 by the multifaith online journal Spirituality & Practice.

Church and popular lecture

Sermon reflection, Columbus Mennonite Church, July 20, 2014.

“How Can the Church Serve SBNRs?” series at All Saints Lutheran Church, Worthington, Nov.2- 9, 2014.

“Understanding the SBNRs,” Albion District United Methodist clergy event, March 14, 2015.

Adult forum speaker, First UMC, Boulder, Colo., May 17 and 24, 2015.

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

Publications

“Whose Buddhism? Whose Texts? Observations about Religious Conversations,” contributed to Public Square: 2014 Religious Trends series, “Expanding Leadership Opportunities for Buddhist Women – Which Way Forward?” at Patheos.com, August 2014.

Review of the book Islam Plain and Simple: Women, Terrorism and Other Controversial Topics by Tariq Jalil, Interfaith Update (the newsletter of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio), Sept. 5, 2014.

Review of The Cosmic Breath: Spirit and Nature in the Christianity-Buddhism-Science Trialogue by Amos Yong, Buddhist-Christian Studies 34 (2014): 230-234.

“The Problem with Sex according to Buddhism,” Fair Observer, March 9, 2015.

Religion and Community in the New Urban America, co-author with Elfriede Wedam (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).

Academic lectures and presentations

Taught Abrahamic Faiths course at Methodist Theological University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, summer 2015.

Meetings

Attended the Celebrating Day of Ahimsa event held at the Jain Center in Lewis Center, Ohio, Oct. 4, 2014.

Ongoing consultant for ELCA’s conference on immigrant congregations in US.

Ongoing consultant for SCUPE’s interfaith course offerings.

Community representative on Grady Memorial Hospital Ethics Advisory Committee.

Church and popular lectures

“Christians in a Multireligious America,” First Community Church, Columbus, Feb. 4, 2015.

“Multireligious America,” Larry Larson Middle School, Columbus, Apr. 17, 2015.

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

Publications

Book Review of Missing Us: Re-visioning Psychoanalysis from the Perspective of Community by Ryan LaMothe (Lanham, M.D.: Jason Aronson, 2013), Journal of Pastoral Theology, Volume 1, 2014.

“Cultivating Ubuntu? An African Postcolonial Pastoral Theological Engagement with Positive Psychology,” Journal of Pastoral Theology, Volume 1, 2014.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Well-Being in Positive Psychology and Hebrew Bible,” with Prof. Paul Kim, Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Nov. 25, 2014.

Three keynote lectures on the themes “Gender Across Cultures,” “Gender and Transnational Identity in a Globalizing World: Challenges and Opportunities for Ministry,” and “Gender and Self-Differentiation in the Family and the Church: Family and Church as Crucibles for Grace,” Leadership Training Seminar for International and Migrant Churches in Europe, Evangelisch-Methodistische Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany, Jan. 25-29, 2015.

“Pursuing Happiness Across Cultures: Positive Psychology, Bible, Korean Jeong, and African Ubuntu in Creative Dialogue,” with Professor Paul Kim, Faculty Lecture, MTSO, April 9, 2015.

Meetings

American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, November 2014.

2015 Roundtable Seminar for Midcareer Faculty, Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, Orlando, March 6-8, 2015.

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

Publications

“The Church as Witnessing Community: On ‘A World Transformed by Grace,’” blog post, UM and Global, Sept. 11, 2014.

Academic lectures and presentations

 “The Worldwide Nature of The United Methodist Church: A Historical and Missiological Reflection,” Steering Committee of the Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships of the United Methodist Church, Charlotte, N.C., April 18, 2015.

“The Worldwide Nature of The United Methodist Church and Its Implications for Mission,” American Society of Missiology Annual Conference, Chicago, June 20, 2015.

“Missional Legacy of R. Archer Torrey: Mystic, Prophet, and Pioneer,” American Society of Missiology, Chicago, June 21, 2014.

Meetings

Steering Committee of the Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships of the United Methodist Church, Dallas, Oct. 23-25, 2014.

Church and popular lectures

“Pentecost and Mission,” Lakeside Chautauqua, Ohio, June 8, 2014.

“On Being Present Where We Are,” sermon for Town and Rural Resource Programming event, MTSO, Sept. 6, 2014.

“Equipping for Ministry through Course of Study,” Maumee Watershed District Local Pastor Training, Sylvania, Ohio, March 7, 2015.

Ryan Schellenberg
Assistant Professor of New Testament

Publications

“The First Pauline Chronologist? Paul’s Itinerary in the Letters and in Acts,” Journal of Biblical Literature 134 (2015): 193–213.       

“Seed of Abraham (Friesen?): Universality and Ethnicity in Paul.” Direction: A Mennonite Brethren Forum 44 (2015): 16–29.

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

Academic lectures and presentations

“Food, Faith and a Seminary Farm,” MTSO Alumni Day, Oct. 6, 2014.

Meetings

Seminary Stewardship Alliance, Winston-Salem, N.C., Sept. 11-13, 2014.

Ohio Interfaith Power & Light Summit, Oct. 12-13, 2014.

Hispanic Summer Program board meeting, San Antonio, Oct. 15-17, 2014.

Church and popular lectures

“Food and Justice,” presentation for West Ohio Youth Justice Task Force, MTSO, Aug. 9, 2014.

Consultation on seeking a youth pastor, First Congregational Church, Mount Vernon, Ohio, Aug. 17, 2014.

Presentations on food and faith with MTSO farm tours: West Ohio Youth Justice group (Aug. 9, 2014); Worthington UMC Youth (Sept. 27, 2014); Delaware Inter-Religious Youth Group (Oct. 5, 2014); Centerburg UMC (Oct. 26, 2014).

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

Publications

Editor of Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015 and Spring 2015 issues of The Hymn: A Journal of Congregational Song.

Articles published on Paul M. Abels, and Thomas O. Summers, for Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology.

Review of Christian Congregational Music: Performance, Identity, and Experience, Monique Ingalls, Carolyn Landau and Thomas, Wagner (eds. and intro.) and Martyn Percy (afterword) in The American Organist, 48:1 (January 2014): 76-77.

“Hymns in Periodical Literature,” The Hymn 66:2, 19-20.

“Across the Pond: Charles Wesley and Holiness in Current British Hymnals,” proceedings of the Charles Wesley Society 18 (2014, published Summer 2015)

Academic lectures and presentations

“What Do They Want from Me? How to Write for Publication in The Hymn and The Verse,” with Tina Schneider, Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada Annual Meeting, July 16, 2014.

“Across the Pond: Charles Wesley and Holiness in Current British Hymnals,” Charles Wesley Society, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Ky., Sept. 26, 2014.

“The Impact of Congregational Singing on Everyday Life: Results of a Survey,” Liturgical Music Seminar of the North American Academy of Liturgy Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Jan. 2-3, 2015.

Meetings

Executive Committee meeting, Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, July 12, 2014.

Editorial Advisory Board meeting, Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, July 13, 2014.

Hymn Society of the United States and Canada meeting, July 13-17, 2014.

Charles Wesley Society, Wilmore, Ky., Sept. 25-26, 2014.

Executive Committee of the Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada meeting, Richmond, Va., Oct. 27-30, 2014.

Lisa Withrow
Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor in the Dewire Chair of Christian Leadership

Publications

“Creating Knowledge in Hybrid Format,” Teaching Theology and Religion, July 2014.

Co-editor, The Journal of Religious Leadership.

“Creating Knowledge in Hybrid Format,” Teaching Theology and Religion, Vol. 17, No. 3, July 2014.

Book review of Religious Leadership: A Reference Handbook, Sharon Henderson Callahan, ed. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, Inc., 2013, Journal of Religious Leadership, Vol. 13, No. 2, Fall 2014.

Book review: Choosing Change: How to Motivate Churches to Face the Future. Peter Coutts, Herndon, Va.: Alban Institute, 2013. Journal of Religious Leadership, Vol. 13, No. 2, Fall 2014.

“Transformative Potentials of Liminal Leadership” (co-authored with Dr. Andrew J. Orton), Journal of Religious Leadership (Vol 14, No. 1), Spring 2015. Peer reviewed.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Choices,” installation speech as dean, MTSO, Oct. 6, 2014.

“Leadership in the Non-Profit Organization – Challenges for the Future,” Durham University, England, Dec. 2, 2014.

“Bordering on C(h)aos,” ATS Women in Leadership Deans’ meeting, Association of Theological Schools Chief Academic Officers Society conference, March 2015.

Meetings

Academy of Religious Leadership, April 2014.

Chair, Pastoral Advisory Committee for OhioHealth.

Visiting faculty research fellow, Durham University, November-December 2014.

Association of United Methodist Theological Schools Presidents and Deans, March 2015.

Association of Theological Schools Women in Leadership Deans’ Consultation, March 2015.

Association of Theological Schools Chief Academic Officers Society conference, March 2015.

Academy of Religious Leadership, April 2015.

Wabash Deans’ Colloquy, June 29-July 3, 2015.      

Advisory Group to the Association of Theological Schools Deans, Chief Academic Officers Society.

Church and popular lectures

“Conflict Management and Grief – Moving Into the Future by Dealing with the Past,” Brimfield UMC, May 16, 2015.

C. Jeff Woods
Fully Affiliated Faculty in Congregational Studies

Publications

“What Type of Follower Attends our Church?” The Parish Paper, Vol. 22, No. 7, July 2014.

Meetings

World Futures Conference, Orlando, July 2014.

Yvonne Zimmerman
Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

Publications

“Christian Ethics and Human Trafficking Activism: Progressive Christianity and Social Critique,” co-authored with Letitia M. Campbell, The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 34 (1), 2014, p.145-172.

 “Christian Engagement in U.S. Anti-Trafficking Activism: Precedents and Contexts” (Part 1: Oct. 17, 2014; Part 2: Oct. 31, 2014), co-authored with Letitia M. Campbell, the Trafficking Research Project.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Practicing Values: Progressive Christianity and the Movement to End Human Trafficking,” 2014 Sister Ruth Agnes Ahlers lecture, Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa, Sept. 22, 2014.

“Losing Voice: Progressive Christianity and the Movement to End Human Trafficking,” keynote at Perspectives on Human Trafficking Conference, University of Denver, Jan. 7-8, 2015.

“Naming Values and Finding Voice: Toward Progressive Christian Anti-Trafficking Activism and Advocacy,” workshop at Perspectives on Human Trafficking Conference.

“Missing in Action: The Disappearance of Progressive Christianity in the Movement to End Human Trafficking” and “Using Progressive Christian Values in Anti-Trafficking Advocacy,” Keep Making Peace Conference, East Lansing, Mich., April 11, 2015.

Panelist for “Defrocked: Still Faithful” with Rev. Frank Schaeffer, Oberlin College, Ohio, May 1, 2015.

Meetings

American Academy of Religion, November 2014.

Perspectives on Human Trafficking, Jan. 7-8, 2015.

Association of Theological Schools Mid-Career Faculty Roundtable, Orlando, March 6-8, 2015.

Church and popular lectures

“Uncomfortable Ethics,” workshop for “Living into the Vision: Beyond Our Comfort Zones,” North Central Jurisdiction Conference for the Commission on Religion and Race, Independence, Ohio, Oct. 18, 2014.

“Progressive Christianity and the Movement to End Human Trafficking,” East Ohio Methodists for Social Action Fall Meeting, Akron First UMC, Nov.1, 2014.

“How Do We Live Lives that Aren’t Arranged Around the Economy?” Ministerium of Ideas, Columbus, Feb. 19, 2015.