PROFESSOR OF THEOLOGY AND WORSHIP
- PhD, Graduate Theological Union, Liturgical Studies; Allied field in Systematic and Philosophical Theology
- MDiv, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
- BA, Eastern University, English and Secondary Education
PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING
In my classroom, I employ a liberative, contemplative pedagogy. Informed primarily by the work of bell hooks (see Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom), my classroom foregrounds the voices and experiences of students through strategic, engaged, and relevant reflection. In addition, silence, contemplation, and meditation are valued and practiced on a regular basis. I am profoundly committed to consistently providing a diversity of scholarly perspectives in all assigned readings. I intentionally work to create seamless conversations around both theory and everyday practice.
- Communion & Baptism in American Baptist Contexts
- BlackLivesMatter Movement | Dismantling White Supremacy
- Contemplative Pedagogy
- Activism and Sustainability (Crafting a Rule of Life)
TEACHING INTERESTS AND COURSES TAUGHT
Theology as Living Conversation — Did you know theology can be ordinary, practical, public, and creative? Did you know theology and science don’t have to be sworn enemies? This innovative online course will introduce you to a bunch of different ways that you can be a theologian–find the one that resonates with you the most, discover how other people identify, try on new approaches. Take your place at the table, and join the conversation! Download Syllabus PDF
Women’s Studies in Religion – All oppression is connected. All liberation is connected. Now more than ever we need to be adept at analyzing how gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, education, and immigration status affect social conditions. This course will equip you with the tools you need to be engaged in effective advocacy work for social justice and liberation. A life-transforming class and a core required course for the women’s studies in religion certificate program for the Graduate Theological Union. Download Syllabus PDF
Constructive Theology – A course designed to foster and affirm students’ identities as theologians who will make a commitment to lifelong theological reading and writing in whatever form their ministries take. Profoundly diverse theological perspectives–including Dalit, Minjung, Black Liberation, Womanist, Pentecostal, Catholic, Baptist, and more. Taught from a liberative and contemplative pedagogical approach. Search #BSTTheology on Twitter for course-related tweets Download Syllabus PDF
BlackLivesMatter Movement: The Spirit of Protest – Investigating the historical and contemporary reasons for the emergence of this movement and analyzing intentional intersectionality and strategies for solidarity from multiple social locations. Download Syllabus PDF
Middler Colloquium – I teach the worship portions of this course with sessions on Gathering, Proclaiming, Singing, Praying, and Sending. Each session includes discussion and brief lectures followed by an active workshop time where students creatively design the elements of worship services being studied.
Pedagogy for Teaching Worship – A doctoral-level seminar course that examines and develops pedagogical strategies for teaching worship in diverse classrooms and/or congregations. We pay attention to how pedagogy shifts when teaching practicesas well as theologies of worship.
Worship in All Seasons – This course draws out the connections between liturgy and time. How does worship shape, and get shaped by, various seasons. Here, seasons is understood expansively to include liturgical seasons such as Advent, Lent, and Easter; but also seasons of life, including times of crisis and tragedy and times of celebration. Students develop skills at creating meaningful liturgies and rituals for their own contexts.
Prayer in Public Worship – This course explores different forms of prayer in worship and how they help to bring us into deeper intimacy with God. Particular emphasis is given to: theologies of prayer; historical perspectives on prayer in worship; the relationships between personal prayer and public prayer; and different genres of prayer in public worship, including intercessions or Joys and Concerns.
“Solidarity of BlackLivesMatter in Trump America: How a Constructive Theology Classroom Can Speak to our World’s Need for Meaning and Connection.” Review & Expositor, Fall 2017.
“I Hate, I Despise Your Festivals: A Praxis-Oriented Liturgical Spirituality.” Trouble the Water: A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice. Ed. Michael-Ray Mathews, Marie Onwubuariri, and Cody Sanders. Macon, GA: Nurturing Faith, Inc., 2017.
“Can Religious Culture Protect Society’s Sacrificial Victims?” Tikkun co-authored with LeAnn Snow Flesher, (Winter 2016).
“Op-Ed: Talking About Violence is Not a Distraction – The Berkeley Protests for Ferguson.” Berkeleyside: Berkeley CA’s Independent News Site (December 10, 2014).
“Creation’s Groans and Spirit’s Sighs: Cultivating Attentiveness to the Spirit through the Practice of Concerns and Celebrations.” American Baptist Quarterly, Summer 2012 (published in 2014).
“Beyond Preferences: Worship as Practicing the Presence of God.” Baptist World: A Magazine of the Baptist World Alliance, Vol. 60, No. 2 (April-June 2013).
“In Step with the Spirit: Proclamation,” Baptist World Alliance Day Worship Resource Materials, Baptist World Alliance (May 2012).
“Remembering Ourselves Before God: A Constructive Liturgical Theology of Prayer.” The South African Baptist Journal of Theology, Vol. 18 (Fall 2009).
- Core Doctoral Faculty
- Chair, Women’s Studies in Religion Steering Committee
- GTU Faculty Council
- Religion and Practice Department
- Theology and Ethics Department
- Masters and Dissertation Committees
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS
- Hiking with friends and my dog, Maya
- Reading novels
- IndyCar and Formula One Racing