Faculty Publications and Events
John Azumah, Associate Professor of World Christianity and Islam, published “Challenging Radical Islam: Islam’s relation to terrorism and violence,” in First Things, Number 249 (Jan. 2015), pp. 33-38; or online at http://www.firstthings.com/article/2015/01/challenging-radical-islam. He also published “Boko Haram in Retrospect,” in the University of Birmingham, UK, journal Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol. 26, Issue 1 (2015), pp. 33-52. During January 1-18, John was the main speaker at CMS-Australia National Mission Conference where he gave a series of lectures on Islam and Christian Missions to over 3000 people in five states in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmania. On February 21, he preached at the installation service Sonia Bodi as 2015 Moderator of the Chicago Presbytery of the PC(USA) and at two Sunday services of First Presbyterian Church, Evanston on February 22. On March 14, John was the guest preacher at the Mission Festival of the Liberty Bible Church in Chesterton, IN, where he preached at three Sunday services and spoke at a dinner hosted by the Church for 98 international (mainly Muslim) students and their families. On April 28, John gave a lecture on “Islam and the Christian” at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He attended a Christian-Muslim conference in Istanbul, Turkey, on “Creation: Our Shared Inheritance” from May 26-30. In the summer, John will teach two courses on Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa at the Akrofi-Christaller Institute in Ghana.
Brennan Breed, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, delivered a lecture on April 8 at the University of Virginia’s colloquium for Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity, titled “Daniel’s Four Kingdoms: A History of Re-writing World History.” In May, his essay titled “What Can a Text Do?: Reception History as an Ethology of the Biblical Text” was published in the collected volume Reception History and Biblical Studies: Theory and Practice (ed. E. England and W. J. Lyons; London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015). Two short pieces will be published on SBL's Bible Odyssey (bibleodyssey.com), titled "The Authorship of Job" and "What is Reception History?" Coming up: This summer, Brennan will teach a continuing education course on the book of Psalms and will deliver two public lectures at Hanshin Presbyterian Church in Seoul, Korea, June 22-July 7. He will speak at the Kairos Church men's retreat during August 21-23. On September 20, Brennan will deliver a sermon and the Bill Jones Lecture at Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church. The sermon is titled "Picturing the Empire and Preaching God's Kingdom," and the lecture is titled, "Tracing Daniel through the History of Art." He will teach a short course on Amos and Micah at Roswell Presbyterian Church on Wednesday evenings on September 9, 16, 23, and 30.
William Brown, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, taught Sunday School at Northminster Presbyterian Church on the “other” creation traditions of the Bible on March 1. On March 15, Bill preached at Anna Fulmer's installation at Spring Hill Presbyterian Church in Mobile, AL. On March 20-22, Bill lectured and preached at Southport Presbyterian Church in Southport, NC. Bill completed the manuscript of Sacred Sense: Discovering the Wonder of God's Word and World, to be published by Eerdmans this summer. On April 11, Bill led an all day session on the Old Testament for Christian Church Buckhead on April 11. On April 19, he presented on Earth Sunday at Episcopal Church of the Epiphany "Fifty Shades of Green." On April 24-26, Bill presented at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Seattle on "God's Word and God's World: Questions Concerning Faith and Science," and also preached. Bill's book Wisdom's Wonder (Eerdmans, 2014) was selected in Christian Century as one of the best Old Testament books of the year: http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2015-04/old-testament. On May 3, 10, and 17, Bill presented on "Landscapes of the Psalms: Creation, Lament, and Praise" at First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta. His latest book Sacred Sense: Discovering the Wonder of God's Word and World was released this month by Eerdmans. Coming up: Bill will begin a nine-month sabbatical at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, NJ (www.ctinquiry.org), from September through May, to be part of a 12-member research team involved in a NASA-funded program to study the "societial implications of astrobiology." There, he will also be writing a new introduction to Hebrew Bible exegesis to be published by Westminster John Knox.
Pamela Cooper-White, Ben G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling, Co-Director of the ThD Program, will present a paper in March from her Fulbright research entitled “‘Dirty Old Gods’: Religion and Freud’s Wednesday Night Psychological Society from Habsburg Vienna to the Holocaust,” Psychology of Religion/Religion of Psychology Conference, sponsored by the Divinity School, the Martin Marty Center, the Wisdom Research Project, and the departments of Anthropology and Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago, Mar. 6, 2016. She responded to an online colloquium on her book The Cry of Tamar and the role of women in the church, sponsored by the Society for Relational Theory and Theology, Feb. 20-22, 2015. On June 2, Pamela will present “Recognizing the Other: Intersubjectivity and Justice” to the International Conference on Intercultural Spiritual Care and Counseling: Pastoral and Spiritual Care across Disciplines, Universität Bern, Switzerland. Coming up: On July 1, Pamela will join the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in New York City as the Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion. She will also be a plenary speaker for Psychology and the Other Conference, Cambridge, MA during October 9-11.
Kathy Dawson, Associate Professor of Christian Education, Director of MAPT Program, continues to facilitate a blog for Christian Education resources at Hope4CE.net. There are currently over 560 in the Facebook group and other followers on the site itself. April 30-May 2, Kathy hosted and participated in the spring meeting of the Educator Certification Committee of the PC(USA) here at CTS on April 30-May 2. On May 3, Kathy did a workshop at Shallowford Presbyterian Church regarding the Spiritual Life of Children. On May 24, Kathy preached at Shavon Starling-Louis' installation in Providence, RI. Coming up: During July 27-31, she will teach a Human Growth and Faith Development educator certification class at Montreat. On August 29, Kathy will be doing two workshops at the STEPS event for Charleston Atlantic Presbytery. September 12 will find her at Salem Presbytery keynoting a leadership event on “The Hopeful Church.” Kathy is also currently serving on the PC(USA) Task Force on Christian Educator Certification for the Office of General Assembly. This group will work throughout the summer to bring a recommendation to the OGA committee in the fall.
Mark Douglas, Professor of Christian Ethics, Director of MDiv Program, published the Spring 2015 edition of @thispoint. In March, Mark hosted visiting Hungarian scholar Andras Nagy. He served as MC for Georgia Interfaith Power and Light’s annual “GIPPY Awards.” Mark presented a paper on rethinking the Just War tradition to a group of scholars at Yale Divinity School. On Good Friday, April 3, Mark and others participated in a “teach-in”entitled, "Worshipping an Executed God: A Teach-in on Capital Punishment and the Church." Anna Carter Florence, Beth Johnson, Mark Douglas, Stan Saunders, and Jake Myers also participated. He brought the "Minute for Mission" to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta as part of their "Earth Sunday" worship service on April 26. In May, Mark represented Columbia Seminary as a delegate to the BEINGS Conference on human biotechnologies held in Atlanta and sponsored by Emory's Center for Ethics.
Sarah Erickson, Director of Lifelong Learning, finished teaching the Horizons Bible study for 2014-15, Reconciling Paul: A Contemporary Study of 2 Corinthians, in March, and taught a three week series, Being Presbyterian, in April at North Decatur Presbyterian Church. At the Center for Lifelong Learning, she served as facilitator and panelist in April during Spiritual Pioneers: The Call, Risks and Blessings of Church Development (2015 Thompson Scholars program). She also shepherded the two inaugural Older Adult Ministry Certificate classes, The Process of Aging and Implications for Ministry and Teaching for Transformation with Older Adults. Sarah, alumnae of Allegheny College, helped raise a record 1600 gifts totaling $250,000 (matched by $345,000) during #GatorGiveDay April 23. Between May and July she will preach four Sundays at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Macon, GA. She was recently appointed adjunct faculty at the seminary and will co-teach a class with colleague Debra Weir, associate director of spirituality and lifelong learning and another new adjunct faculty member, in the fall semester.
Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching, preached at Baptist Church of the Covenant in Birmingham, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Denver, and Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas. She also preached at the Children's Defense Fund Proctor Institute at Haley Farm in Clinton, TN, and at the Chautauqua Institute in upstate New York. Anna lectured at the Church Growth Conference in Lincoln, NE. She lectured and taught at the Festival of Homiletics in Denver. Anna lectured and taught at the Danish Festival of Homiletics in Copenhagen. She taught a course at the Columbia’s Center for Lifeong Learning, and lectured at the Marten Program in Homiletics at Notre Dame.
Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning, continues to post new articles for Columbia Connections every Monday which recently include: "World's Greatest Christian Educators: John Wesley," "Shifting to a Formation Approach in Christian Education," "Five Elements for Effective Instruction," "Common Sense in Pastoral Leadership," and “Basic Rules for Planning Congregational Education Programs.” In March, he guest lectured at the McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta on "The Hidden Lives of Congregations." Israel shared "The Seven Concepts that Inform My Teaching at Mid-Career" at the ATS Roundtable Seminar for Mid-Career Faculty. He wrote "The Dean and Program Risk Assessment," in the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning blog for Theological School Deans. He presented at the Leadership in Ministry Workshops, Center for Lifelong Learning and was a consultation participant at the "Theological Education Between the Times," a Lilly funded project at Emory/Candler School of Theology. Israel participated in the Wabash Center Advisory Committee meeting. He consulted with the administration of Fresno Theological Seminary, Fresno CA. In April, he will post "Back to Basics: Leadership Rules 101," in The Digital Flipchart. Israel will consult with the faculty of Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa OK and with the administration Fresno Theological Seminary, Fresno CA. He participated in a webinar for the Pastoral Excellence Network, "Essential ingredients for pastoral leadership." In May, he consulted with faculty of Lutheran School of Theology on integrating theology and science in the MDiv Curriculum, Chicago, IL. Israel gave a presentation on leadership in organizations at the for Vermont Center for Family Studies, Burlington, VT. He consulted with Faculty from the Lutheran School of Theology on integrating theology and science in the MDiv Curriculum in Chicago, IL. Israel wrote "Physics for Deans: 11 Inviolable laws that just make it harder" for the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning blog for Theological School Deans. He posted "Best Writing Advice" in Journeying Together. Israel wrote a book review of “Changing Minds and Brains--The Legacy of Reuven Feuerstein: Higher Thinking and Cognition Through Mediated Learning" in the Reflective Teaching online journal for the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. He attended the Teaching Professor Conference in Atlanta. In June, Israel published "The Dean and the Age of Change" in the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning blog for Theological School Deans. Israel posted "Basic Rules for Planning Congregational Education Programs," "Thinking and Teaching," "What Church Educators Can Learn from Infomercials," "Releasing the Laity," "Children lie. Get over it," "For the Bookshelf: Religion in the New Millennium," and "On Missing the Obvious" for Columbia Connections. He wrote "Paradoxes of the Dean's Leadership: What's a dean to do?" in the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning blog for Theological School Deans. Israel published "Comments you should not make around church members," in The Digital Flipchart. He posted "Triangles in the Emotional Field," in Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog. Israel was guest lecturer in the course, I530 Crossroads: Shaping Imaginative and Resilient Communities for the Twenty-first Century. Coming up: In July, Israel will teach "A Systems Approach to Congregational Leadership" as a DMin seminar for Columbia Seminary. In August, he will consult with Faculty at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, August 2013. In September, Israel will present on leadership in organizations at the Vermont Center for Family Studies, Burlington, VT. In the fall, he will publish Mastering the Art of Instruction: The Nine Essential Instructional Skills Every Teacher Needs to Master.
Bill Harkins, Senior Lecturer of Pastoral Theology and Care, Co-Director of ThD Program, presented on practical applications of Family Systems Theory for CPE residents at the Training and Counseling Center of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta. In May, Bill attended the Georgia Association of Marriage and Family Therapy conference at Jekyll Island, where he presented a supervisory case to fellow AAMFT Approved Supervisors. During May 12-19, he served as Psychological Health Faculty for Episcopal CREDO for Recently Ordained Clergy at Trinity Episcopal Conference Center on the Outer Banks at Salter Path, North Carolina. In May, he officiated and preached at a wedding at St. Peter’s, Fernandina on Amelia Island, Florida. Bill’s 2-part essay “Get Out!” was published on the Columbia Connections blog in May. Bill attended the Pastoral Advisory Board gathering for the Training and Counseling Center at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in early June, where he has served on the Board for 12 years. Coming up: He will conduct a workshop for CPE residents at Gwinnett Medical Center in July on Family Systems Theory. Bill now enters his tenth year of service as Priest Associate at the Cathedral of St. Philip, where he regularly preaches, teaches, and officiates. In August, Bill will co-lead a Men’s retreat for Vanderbilt Divinity School alumni at the Pingree Park campus of Colorado State University, “Finding the Sacred in Creation.” Bill has been invited to present a clinical-theological workshop at the Southeast Region of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors’ conference at Kanuga Episcopal Conference Center, Hendersonville, North Carolina, at their October meeting. He will serve as Psychological Health faculty for CREDO for Recently Ordained Clergy, October 6-12, at Chapel Rock Conference Center in Prescott, Arizona.
Tim Hartman, Assistant Professor of Theology, published “The Depth and Breadth of Emergence Christianity: A Theological and International Perspective” in Currents in Theology and Mission 42:2 (April 2015): 97-104. At the end of June, he participated in “Teaching Theology and Religion in the Twenty-First Century: Challenges, Prospects, and the PhD,” a symposium sponsored by the Wabash Center for teaching and learning in Theology and Religion, at the University of Virginia.
Griselda Lartey, Serials and Interlibrary Loan Assistant, participated in the “Artful Stories: Creation Stories from African Cosmos Stellar Arts.” This was part of Emory University’s “Creation Stories Project” at the Carlos Museum. For more information, see http://www.carlos.emory.edu/content/cosmos.
Kimberly Bracken Long, Associate Professor of Worship, co-presided at the holy union service of Lucy Strong and Sarah Helwig at Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, on April 18; and co-presided at the wedding of Stephen Fearing and Tricia Garrett at Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, on April 25. On May 8, she served as leader of a consultation on the Book of Common Worship at Columbia Seminary.
Martha Moore-Keish, Associate Professor of Theology, led a congregational retreat for First Presbyterian Church Sumter, SC on March 6-8, and on Palm Sunday, taught at Northwest Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. On April 19, Martha preached at the mission conference for Waverly Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, TN. On April 23, she taught at Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, on encountering God in the sacraments. Martha recently published “Interreligious ritual participation: Insights from inter-Christian ritual participation.” In Ritual Participation and Interreligious Dialogue: Boundaries, Transgressions, and Innovations, edited by Marianne Moyaert and Joris Geldhof. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015. She also wrote "Common Waters: Global water crises and Christian baptism" for @this Point, Spring 2015. Coming up: In July, she will be leading workshops at the ELCA Worship Jubilee in Atlanta and the PC(USA) Big Tent event in Knoxville, as well as speaking at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Tallahassee, Florida.
Cam Murchison, Professor Emeritus of Ministry, taught a class with Dr. Carolyn Crowder at First Presbyterian Church, Asheville, NC on Sundays, April 12 through May 3. Titled “Ask the Animals,” it takes a fresh look at the way Scripture invites us to rethink our relationship to other species, reminding us that we are “creatures of the same God.” He preached at First Presbyterian Church, Asheville, NC, on Sunday, April 19 for a service focusing on our stewardship of God’s gift of creation. Cam began serving as Transitional Pastoral Associate at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Asheville on June 15, 2015 during the period it is without a Pastor/Head of Staff. Coming up: Cam will begin a 3 year term as Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina on August 1, 2015.
Michael Morgan, Seminary Musician, led a program in March on hymnody at Christian City Retirement Center in Union City. In April, he is teaching two Wednesday evening sessions on Congregational Song at Fayette Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, GA, and presenting a lecture and an exhibit of Bibles and Prayer Books entitled “The Beauty of Holiness: Word and Worship in the English Church” at St. James’ Cathedral in Chicago.
Raj Nadella, Assistant Professor of New Testament, was in New York in mid-May to work with a PC(USA) study team on human trafficking. The study team is tasked with drafting a policy paper on the matter that would be submitted to the next General Assembly in 2016. Raj will write the biblical/theological framework for the policy paper that will highlight the link between trafficking and neoliberal global economy. Coming up: Raj will publish an essay this July in the Huffington Post's On Scripture series. His article on the concept of hybridity in Matthew's Gospel and its significance for interfaith relations in a multi-faith context will appear in a collection of essays to be published by the WCC this summer. On August 23, Raj will preach at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church.
Rodger Nishioka, Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education, will lecture and preach at the Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN. He will be keynote speaker at the Northeast Region conference of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators in Rochester, NY. Rodger will preach at the Mid-South Presbytery meeting in Memphis, TN, and at the Idlewild Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN.
Kevin Park, Associate Dean for Advanced Professional Studies and Assistant Professor of Theology, published Living Together, a second of third volume Christian curriculum series for Korean North American Christian youth with co-editors Dr. Hak Joon Lee and Dr. Kil Jae Park. He preached an Easter sermon at the Korean Central Presbyterian Church in English and Korean. He will lead two seminars for Korean pastors at the Hanshin Presbyterian Church in Bundang, South Korea, during his June 21-30 visit there. Coming Up: He will be a retreat speaker for the Auburn-Opelika Korean Church on July 26-27. Kevin will lead a workshop “Presbyterians: Our Beliefs” for the PC(USA) Big Tent event in Knoxville, TN on July 31.
Charlie Raynal, Professor Emeritus of Theology, is working with Nancy Snell Griffith, former archivist of Presbyterian College, on the history of the former Synod of South Carolina of the PCUS. The book is nearly complete and has been accepted for publication by Wipf and Stock Publishers to be out by year's end.
Marcia Riggs, J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics, led a three-part series at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta on Religiously Motivated Violence on March 1, 8, and 15. She led a dialogue, "What's Race Got to Do With It? What's Religion Got to Do with It?" with PC(USA) campus ministry at Clemson University in April. Marcia was a speaker at the annual Women at the Cross Service at the Interdenominational Theological Center in April. She chaired the DMin Project and Dissertation Defense of Nathaniel (JR) Dunlap, Jr. ’12 a student in the Conflict Transformation Track of the DMin Program of New York Theological Seminary,a program of study in collaboration with Still Waters: A Center for Ethical Formation and Practices, Inc. (an educational nonprofit founded by Professor Marcia Y. Riggs). Marcia published a teaching tactic entitled "Engaging Historical Pain: An Ethical Imperative for Doing Ministry in the 21st Century" in ARTS magazine, the Journal of the Society for the Arts and Religion and Theological Studies. She attended the Society for the Study of Black Religion meeting in Savannah, GA. In early June, she completed the Healing Communities Training Program lead by Rev. Dr. Dean Trulear, Howard University Divinity School; this program is about the reentry of persons who have been incarcerated and nurturing congregations to be healing communities for persons who have committed crimes as well as persons who are survivors of crime and their families. This training was sponsored by the Atlanta Theological Schools Prison Programs, of which CTS is a member. Also, later in June, Marcia has been invited to preach for the ordination service of Jeromey Howard ’15 at United Christian Presbyterian Church of Richmond, MO.
Dominique A. Robinson, Staff Associate for Contextual Education, closed out the Women’s Week Celebration in March at Faith AME Zion Church (Atlanta, GA). She also traveled to Guyana, South America to attend the Guyana-Suriname Centennial Annual Conference and to complete mission work. In April, Dominique preached for the Teen Chapel at Zion Hill Baptist Church (Atlanta, GA). She shared a public presentation on her Doctorate of Ministry research which focuses on determining the socio-cultural identities of Black Millennials and how their identities may or may not impact how they experience and hear the preached Gospel in their contexts. Additionally, she has published two blogs in relation to her research on Columbia Connections. In May, Dominique preached at Varick Memorial AME Zion Church (New Haven, CT) for Mother’s Day, attended the AME Zion New Jersey Annual Conference (Newark, NJ), and preached at Greater Traveler’s Rest – House of Hope (Macon, GA), New Life Presbyterian Church (College Park, GA), and at Cooper Zion AME Zion Church (Oakland, CA). Coming up: This summer, Dominique will travel to Jacmel, Haiti for a missions trip with the Ray of Hope Christian Church Missions Team, preach at New Life Presbyterian Church (College Park, GA) and St. John A.M.E. Church (Huntsville, AL), and at St. Stephen A.M.E. Zion Church (Asbury Park, NJ).
Michael Thompson, Director of Communications, will preach at First Presbyterian Church of Covington, GA on July 26.
Jeffery L. Tribble, Sr., Associate Professor of Ministry, launched a new blog, "Tribble for Transformation," on Ash Wednesday. In addition to his new practice of regular blogging around the theme of Christ-centered transformation, guest bloggers of diverse ages, gender, and theological perspectives are invited contributors. In his ministry as Presiding Elder of the Atlanta District of the Georgia Conference, he presided over quarterly conferences at Shaw Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Smyrna, GA, New Life A.M.E. Zion Church in College Park, GA, Faith A.M.E. Zion Church in Atlanta, Wood-Station-Napier Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Ringold, GA, Pond Springs and Thomas Chapel A.M.E. Zion Churches in Lyerly, GA, Hemphill A.M.E. Zion Church in Summerville, GA, St. James A.M.E. Zion Church in Rome, GA, and Hope A.M.E. Zion Church in Hapeville, GA. In his role as Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees of Clinton College in Rock Hill, SC, he attended the Board Meeting and Clinton College Founder's Day Celebration. He was morning preacher for the Palm Sunday Celebration service at New Life A.M.E. Zion Church in College Park, GA and preacher for the Atlanta District Unity Service Celebration at St. James A.M.E. Zion Church. On April 10, there will be a celebration banquet honoring Jeffery Tribble's 30 years in Christian Ministry at the Harriet Darnell Center in Atlanta. On April 17, he will preside over the marriage of Mr. Terrance Skinner Jr. and Rev. Rebecca M. Neville at Unity A.M.E. Zion Church in Merrillville, IN. Assisted by Rev. David I. Neville, Jr., DMin, Rev. Jin S. Kim, DMin, and Rev. Sara Hayden, Jeffery will lead the Lifelong Learning Center's Thompson Scholars seminar, "The Call, Risks, and Blessings of Church Development" on April 21-24. On April 29, he will preach the 35th anniversary in ministry celebration of Rev. Clifford Rounsaville at the Hemphill/Summerville Convention Center. He will teach a hybrid course, "Transformative Pastoral Leadership" during the first summer session for Doctor of Ministry students. Coming up: Summer conferences that he will attend will include the Eastern North Carolina Episcopal District Training Institute in Greenville, NC; the Bishop Arthur Marshall Faith and Order Institute of the South Atlanta Episcopal District in Rock Hill, SC; the Midwest Episcopal District Training Institute in Knoxville, Tennessee; the Connectional Council, Presiding Elder's Council, and Women's Home and Overseas Missionary Society Quadrennial Meeting in Orlando, FL. He will be a preacher and presider for the Atlanta District Conference and Christian Education Convention August 7-8 at New Life A.M.E. Zion Church in College Park, GA.
Haruko Nawata Ward, Associate Professor of Church History, spoke on March 12 as a roundtable panelist on “Transformative Journeys with PANAAWTM: 30 Years and Beyond” for the annual conference of the Pacific Asian North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry at Garret-Evangelical Theological School, Evanston, IL. She was glad to see several Columbia Seminary graduates and affiliates who participated in the conference. Haruko serves as a PANAAWTM board member, and this year was elected as a steering committee member through 2019. On April 9, she gave a public lecture, entitled “Naitō Julia and the Miyaco no bicuni; once a Jōdo nun, now a Jesuit catechist,” at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Coming up: Haruko will be a respondent to a panel, “Transformation in Practices and Discourses on Japanese Martyrs in Europe, Japan and Mexico,” organized by Carla Tronu, at the 21st World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) meeting, August 23-29, 2015 in Erfurt, Germany. Haruko published “Japan and Europe: The Christian Century, 1549–1600,” Oxford Bibliographies in Renaissance and Reformation, ed. Margaret King (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014). Her article, “The Christian ‘Nuns’ of Early Modern Japan, originally published in Portuguese Studies Review 13, no. 1-2 (2005): Special Issue on Women in the Lusophone World in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period, was recently republished in volume 1 of the 4 volumes Critical Readings in Christianity In Japan, edited by Mark R. Mullins (Leiden: Brill Publishing, 2015).
William Yoo, Assistant Professor of American Religious and Cultural History, presented a paper on teaching pluralism and Protestantism in American religious history at the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion in Nashville, TN on March 7. He preached at First Presbyterian Church in Cartersville on March 29. William taught Sunday School classes on the histories of immigration, foreign mission, and American religion at First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta on April 12 and April 19. William preached at Korean Central Presbyterian Church in Chamblee on June 7. He published a book review of Teaching for a Culturally Diverse and Racially Just World, edited by Eleazar S. Fernandez (Cascade Books, 2014) in Christian Education Journal (Spring 2015). William conducted archival research at the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia, PA from June 22 to 25 for his book project with Westminster John Knox Press, The Presbyterian Experience in the United States: A Sourcebook. Coming up: William will be participating in the Wabash Center’s Teaching and Learning Workshop for Pre-Tenure Theological School Faculty from July 20 to 25 in Crawfordsville, IN.