Faculty Publications and Events
John Azumah, Associate Professor of World Christianity and Islam, co-edited with Peter Riddell a new book Islam and Christianity on the Edge: Talking Points in Christian-Muslim Relations into the 21st Century (Sydney: Acorn Press, 2013). From June 13th to 16th, John will be giving lectures on “The Paradigm Shift in World Missions: Opportunities and Challenges for the Western Church” at the Research Center for Intercultural and Religious Studies at Liebenzell International University just outside Stuttgart, Germany. From June 18th to 24th, he will be attending a Lausanne world leadership gathering in Bangalore where I will chairing the Issue Group on Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations looking at formulating a Lausanne Mission Statement and Working Document to serve as a broad biblical basis for constructive engagement with Muslims and exploring ways of resourcing, equipping and training the Majority World Church in its interface with Islam and engagement with Muslims. From July 22nd to 26th, John will be facilitating the Global North-Global South Consultation on Sexuality in Accra, Ghana, jointly convened by Columbia Theological Seminary and the Akrofi-Christaller Institute in Ghana. The consultation will bring together 45 leading church figures, biblical scholars and theologians of different persuasions within the Reformed Communion from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Scotland, England, Germany, Switzerland and India. Deborah Mullen, Brennan Breed and Ralph Watkins will be attending from CTS.
Brennan Breed, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, is editor for a new website, Marginalia Review of Books (themarginaliareview.com) that launched recently. On the website he wrote a review essay titled "Mapping the World beyond the Garden: Is the Bible Ever Read in its Context?" (http://themarginaliareview.com/archives/1389). This past month he recorded a series of videos for use in Williamsburg Community Chapel's worship services, and this coming Sunday he will be in Virginia participating in the service to deliver the last of these "Character Context" pieces. You may find a sample of the six presentations at: http://vimeo.com/64971432. Brennan will travel to Ghana for the conference with John Azumah this July, and will deliver a paper there tentatively titled "Bringing the Case before the LORD: A North American Perspective on the Bible and Human Sexuality." In August, he will lead a staff development workshop at Roswell Presbyterian Church.
Bill Brown, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, has a sermon titled "The Ecology of Resurrection" featured in the latest issue of Journal for Preachers (Easter 2013), pp. 20-23.
Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching, will lecture at the Pastoral Institute, University of Uppsala, Sweden on June 13-15. On July 26-August 4, she will be the evangelist for Berwick Camp, Nova Scotia (United Church of Canada). Anna was Preacher and Lecturer for the Festival of Homiletics, Nashville, TN where she interviewed Walter Brueggemann for a crowd of 1500 pastors! Anna taught a workshop at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, NY, and lectured at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and taught pastors from the Church of Sweden for a week-long course. She preached to 300 girls at Camp Dudley at Kiniya in Colchester, VT. Anna served as the Evangelist for Berwick Camp in Nova Scotia (United Church of Canada). She preached for a meeting of the Foothills Presbytery at Camp Buc, Sapphire, NC, where her husband David is the director.
Pamela Cooper-White, the Ben G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling, is attending the Editorial Board meeting for the Journal of Pastoral Theology at the Society for Pastoral Theology meeting on June 14. She will be presenting Beyond "A Dangerous Method": Sabina Spielrein's Groundbreaking Contributions to Psychoanalysis for the Jung Society of Atlanta on June 15. For more information, see: http://www.jungatlanta.com/schedule-cooper-white-sabina-spielrein.html. Pamela is preaching and presiding at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg special chapel service during the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2. She is guest speaker/seminar instructor, together with Marie Hoffman (Director) and Jessica Benjamin at the Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis and Christian Theology, June 25-26, in Fogelsville, PA. Pamela will be performing in Songs and Stories from a Civil War Hospital at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gettysburg, throughout the summer as part of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Pamela departs Sept. 15 for Vienna, Austria to begin her Fulbright fellowship as the Fulbright-Freud Scholar of Psychoanalysis.
Mark Douglas, Professor of Christian Ethics, is co-teaching "Science, Religion, and the End of the World"—an online undergrad course with Prof. Chris DePree, who is the Charles Dana Professor of Astronomy and directs the Bradley Observatory at Agnes Scott College. In June, he is also teaching at First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta. In July, Mark is giving a keynote lecture on "Politics, Ethnography, and the Church" at the Montreat Conference on Race, Religion, and Politics.
Sarah Flynn Erickson, Director of Lifelong Learning, will preach and lead worship at Ray Thomas Memorial Presbyterian Church, Marietta, GA on June 23 and 30.
William Harkins, Senior Lecturer of Pastoral Theology and Care, wrote "Fireweed, Resilience, and Transition," for the Winter edition of @thispoint posted by Columbia Theological Seminary (www.atthispoint.net). He will also be guest lecturer for Sewanee/University of the South, School of Theology, DMin Summer Program in June. He will be Faculty at College for Bishop’s, Living Our Vows Residency on June 17-21 at Roslyn Conference Center in Richmond, VA. He and Martha Stern will present "Finding One's Voice in Sacred Matters" at the Cathedral of St. Philip in June. Bill also published "Transition and Resilience in Ministry and Life" for Pathways, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Winter 2013.
Beth Johnson, J. Davison Philips Professor of New Testament, will preach at the Holden Beach Chapel, Holden Beach, NC on June 2.
Kimberly Bracken Long, Associate Professor of Worship, will be serving as liturgist and faculty for the Montreat Worship and Music Conference during June 16-28.
Martha Moore-Keish, Associate Professor of Theology, will participate in the second year of the Luce-funded AAR summer seminar on comparative theology meeting in Atlanta, GA during May 29-June 5. She will also participate for the second year in the Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI), a jointly sponsored program by the American Jewish Committee and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem during July 15-26. The Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI) Fellowship offers participants an opportunity to study the intellectual foundations of religious pluralism and interreligious studies, the central ideas of Jewish ethics and faith, and the diverse ideologies and practices within contemporary Jewry in a dynamic and internationally acclaimed educational setting. Christine Yoder was previously a participant in the CLI initiative. Martha will have an article published in the spring newsletter of the Association of Reformed and Liturgical Worship on "This Bread of Life," one portion of the report from the U.S. ecumenical dialogue between the Reformed and Roman Catholic churches on baptism and eucharist.
Raj Nadella, Assistant Professor of New Testament, is currently on tour with scholars in Turkey and Greece.
Marcia Y. Riggs, J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics, will attend the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race in Accra, Ghana in July.
Jeffery Tribble, Associate Professor of Ministry, will preach at New Hope Baptist Church in Covington, GA on June 1. Dr. Tribble will continue his collaborative research on Integration in Theological Education at the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, located at St. Johns University in Collegeville, Minnesota June 24-26. He will participate in ministerial workshops at the Bishop Arthur Marshall Faith and Order Institute June 27-29 in Augusta, GA. The projected release date of the second edition (first paperback edition) of his book, Transformative Pastoral Leadership in the Black Church is August 1. Dr. Tribble will preach and preside over the 146th Session of the Augusta District Conference on August 10-11, which will be held at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Zion Church in Augusta, GA. Jeffery and Cherlyn will renew their wedding vows in a 30th year celebration service and reception at the Greater Walters A.M.E. Zion Church in Chicago, IL on August 24.
Haruko Nawata Ward, Associate Professor of Church History, preached her sermon “Communion of the Crumbs” (Mark 7:24-30) for the opening worship and delivered her key note lecture, "Women of Memories, Visions and Reforms" for the tri-annual meeting of the National Asian Presbyterian Women Gathering in Houston, TX, on April 26-27, 2013. She also participated in a workshop co-led by Paul and Thao Hoang. Paul (MDiv ’07) is associate pastor for English ministry at Young Nak Presbyterian Church of Houston.
Ralph B. Watkins, Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth, will publish a chapter, A Black Church Perspective on Minorities in Evangelicalism, to be published in the book Aliens in the Promised Land edited by Anthony Bradley for Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company on May 6. He also will travel to Israel and Palestine with Interfaith Peace Builders during May 24 - June 7 to shoot, produce and direct a feature length documentary, “Its-Real: The Story of the 46th Delegation of Peace Builders” to be aired on Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting Network.
Christine Yoder, Professor of Old Testament Language, Literature, and Exegesis, will present a paper in July as part of a panel at the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in St. Andrews, Scotland.