Curriculum Vitae

 

CURRENT POSITION

Assistant Professor of Contextual Ministry, McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University: 2015-present

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Christian Ethics – Loyola University Chicago: 2006-2011

Master of Divinity – Baylor University: 1999–2002
Magna Cum Laude

Maryknoll Institute of African Studies: Summer 2001, Spring 2004, Summer 2009
MA level coursework in African Studies and African Religions

B.A. in Religious Studies – Gardner-Webb University: 1995-1999
Minor in African Studies, completed in East Africa

AWARDS AND HONORS

Louisville Institute, Project Grant for Researchers ($25,000), 2017
Fellow, ABCD (Asset-based community development) Institute, DePaul Univ., 2017-18
Distinguished Alumni Award – Gardner Webb University, 2017
Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning Summer Fellowship ($5000), 2014
Loyola Univ. Chicago Manuscript Publication Assistance Award, 2013
American Association of University Women American Fellowship, 2012-13
Loyola Univ. Chicago – Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship, 2010-2011
Constant H. Jacquet Research Award (Religious Research Assoc.), 2010
Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honor Society), 2009-present
Graduate/Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program Grant, 2009
Loyola Univ. Chicago – Advanced Doctoral Fellowship, 2009-2010
Best of Symposium Award – Loyola Interdisciplinary Research Symposium, 2009
Ph.D. Comprehensive Exams, passed with distinction, Nov 2008
Loyola Univ. Chicago – Graduate School President’s Medallion winner, 2008-2009
LUC Graduate School Advisory Council Essay Award Winner, 2008
LUC Graduate School Conference Travel Awards, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
LUC Graduate School Merit Award, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09

PUBLICATIONS: Academic

Books

Navigating Dystopia: How to understand injustice, and then start changing the world, Fortress Press – Theology for the People series, (book under contract – forthcoming 2018).

Risky Marriage: HIV and Intimate Relationships in Tanzania, Lexington Books, 2013.

Journal Articles

“Preaching, Sexuality, and Women Religious,” with Emily Reimer-Barry, Theology & Sexuality, Volume 19, Number 1, 2013.

“Epistemological Privilege and Collaborative Research: A Reflection on Researching as an Outsider,” (article & film) Practical Matters, May 2013.

“Listening to the Particular through Action Research on HIV and AIDS,” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Roundtable response on to “Charting the Paradigm Shifts in HIV Research: The Contribution of Gender and Religion Studies” by Sarojini Nadar and Isabel Phiri. Vol. 28, No. 2 (2012).

Hanging out a Red Ribbon: Listening to Musa Dube’s Postcolonial Feminist Theology,” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, Volume 2, Issue 13, December 2011.

“Acting out Abstinence, Acting out Gender: Adolescent moral agency and abstinence education,” Theology and Sexuality, Vol. 16.2, 2011: 141-159.

“Listening to Experience, Looking Towards Flourishing: Ethnography as a Global Feminist Theo/ethical Praxis,” (article & film) with Edith Chamwama, Eunice Kamaara, Sussy Gumo Kurgat, Damaris Parsitau, Emily Reimer-Barry, Elisabeth Vasko, and Jeanine Viau. Practical Matters, (www.practicalmattersjournal.org), May 2010.

“HIV/AIDS Prevention and Sexed Bodies: Rethinking Abstinence in Light of the African AIDS Pandemic,” Theology and Sexuality, Vol. 15.1, 2009: 27-46.

“Reexamining our Words, Reimagining our Policies: Undocumented Migration, Families, and the Moral Imagination,” Journal of Poverty, Vol. 13, 2009, 1-20.

“The Goods and Evils of a Globalized Context: African and American Women Doing Theology,” with Susan A. Ross and Elisabeth T. Vasko, Concilium International Journal of Theology, 2009/1.

“Missional Worship: Worshiping as Kingdom Communities,” The Chorister, Dec. 2002 / Jan. 2003, Vol. 54 Issue 4, pp. 26-28.

“Faith and Works in the Epistle of James,” Gardner-Webb Review, Gardner-Webb University, 1999.

Book Chapters

“Reading Basically” in Reading Theologically, Eric Barreto, ed. Fortress Press, 2014.

“Morality on the Streets: An Examination of the Beliefs and Moral Practice of Street Children in Light of Christianity and African Traditional Religions,” in Ethnography as Christian Theology and Ethics, Christian Scharen & Aana Marie Vigen, eds. Continuum, 2011.

“Your Daughters Shall Prophesy (As Long as They Submit): Pentecostalism and Gender in Global Perspective.” With Andrea Hollingsworth. In The Liberating Spirit: Pentecostals and Social Action in North America, ed. Michael Wilkinson and Steven M. Studebaker. McMaster Divinity College Press; Pickwick, 2011.

Other Academic Publications

Commentary on I Samuel 2:18-20, 26, Connections: A Lectionary Preaching and Worship Resource, Westminster John Knox Press, 2017 (forthcoming).

Commentary on Jeremiah 31:7-14, Connections: A Lectionary Preaching and Worship Resource, Westminster John Knox Press, 2017 (forthcoming).

Commentary on Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Connections: A Lectionary Preaching and Worship Resource, Westminster John Knox Press, 2017 (forthcoming).

Book review of “To Improve the Academy,” Teaching Theology & Religion, February 2015.

Ancient and Contemporary Voices: What Do Christians Think God Thinks About Sex? Christian Ethics Today, Vol. 20, No. 4, Fall 2012.

“Women’s Broken Bodies, God’s Broken Earth,” Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics, July 2012.

“Listening in the Classroom,” Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics, April 2009.

“Hurry Up and Wait,” Africa ’05 Bound Journal. The Center for Christian Ethics, (Baylor University), Spring 2005.

“Things Fall Apart: A Look at Chinua Achebe’s Novel,” Africa ’05 Bound Journal. The Center for Christian Ethics, (Baylor University), Spring 2005.

PRESENTATIONS TO CONFERENCES AND PROFESSIONAL GATHERINGS

Academic Papers

Teaching to Transform in the Age of Trump, National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion annual meeting, Nashville, TN, May 22-24, 2017.

Teaching on the Streets: Engaged Pedagogy Outside of the Classroom, National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion annual meeting, Nashville, TN, May 22-24, 2017.

The Church, Race, and The Death Penalty, New Baptist Covenant Summit, Atlanta, GA, Sept. 15, 2016

Particular Stories, Transformative Responses: Teaching on the HIV and AIDS Pandemic Through the Power of Story, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA, November 18-22, 2016.

Panel Respondent: Gender-based Violence in Botswana and Rwanda: Religion, Family and Reconciliation, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA, November 18-22, 2016.

From the Classroom, to Prisons, to the Capitol: Experiential learning around the death penalty, mass incarceration, and #BlackLivesMatter, Mercer University Atlanta Research Conference, Panel presentation with Fabiani Duarte, James Hedgis, and Julie Cook (graduate students from my restorative justice course), April 16, 2016.

Single Stories, Complex Issues, and the Ethics of Solidarity: Georgia’s Death Penalty and the #Kellyonmymind campaign, American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, GA, November 22, 2015.

Action Research for Teaching and Learning: Reflections from a semester-long collaborative research project on Christmas charity giving models, 10th Annual Action Research Conference, “Developing Our Capacity for Action Research and Inquiry Through Dialogues That Matter,” University of San Diego, May 3-4, 2013. Panel presentation with eleven graduate students from my spring 2013 “Applied Research” course.

Faculty Seminar on research on “Ethnography as Engaged Pedagogy,” Institute of Pastoral Studies, Feb. 13, 2013.

Panel Participant for two panels on “Research Methodologies” and “Research and Social Change,” Society of Christian Ethics “Fieldwork and Ethics Pre-conference,” Chicago, IL, Jan. 3, 2013.

A Faithful Pedagogy of Prevention: Understanding Christian Marriage as both Risk and Hope, Taking Action for Health, Dignity and Justice: The Interfaith Pre-Conference on HIV, Howard University, Washington DC, July 20-21, 2012.

HIV/AIDS and Marriage in East Africa, WATER (Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual) Teleconference, October 10, 2012.

A Faithful Pedagogy of Prevention: Understanding Christian Marriage as both Risk and Hope, American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL, November 17-20, 2012.

Panel Participant, A Book Discussion of African Sexualities: A Reader, Edited by Sylvia Tamale, 2011, American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL, November 17-20, 2012.

Panel Participant, Book Discussion: Religion and HIV and AIDS: Charting the Terrain, Edited by Beverley Haddad, 2011, Society of Biblical Literature, Chicago, IL, November 17-20, 2012.

Panel Participant, “Teaching African and African Diaspora Religions,” American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL, November 17-20, 2012.

Ancient and Contemporary Voices: What Do Christians Think God Thinks About Sex? A [Baptist] Conference on Sexuality and Covenant, Sponsored by Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Mercer University Center for Theology and Public Life, April 19-21, 2012.

A Collective Ethics of Responsibility as a Tool for Preventing Conflict: Theological Reflections on the Responsibility to Protect, Society of Christian Ethics, Presentation at meeting of Baptist Ethicists, Washington DC, Jan. 6, 2012.

When Marriage Becomes Risky: A Theo-ethical Reflection on Christian Marriage in Light of the Experiences of HIV Positive Women in Tanzania, Society of Christian Ethics, New Orleans, LA, Jan. 8, 2011.

Confidentiality, Stigma and Risk: Listening to the Experiences of HIV Positive Women in Tanzania, Stritch School of Medicine Ethics Grand Rounds, Loyola University Chicago, Dec. 9, 2010.

Confidentiality, Stigma and Risk: Listening to the Experiences of HIV Positive Women in Tanzania, Emory University Center for Ethics, Dec. 6, 2010.

Acting out Abstinence, Acting out Gender: Limits on adolescent moral agency in abstinence-only education, National Women’s Studies Association, Denver, CO, Nov. 13, 2010.

Women’s Agency and the African AIDS Pandemic: Reflections on Gender and Sacrifice by HIV Positive Women in Tanzania, American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 31, 2010.

Researching Religion in Postcolonial Space, African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR) Meeting at the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 30, 2010.

Risking Life So That Life Will Go On: Understanding relational poverty and health in intimate relationships through the experiences of HIV positive women in Tanzania, Politics, Poverty and Prayer Conference: Global African Spiritualities and Social Transformation, Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2010.

Practicing Postcolonial Feminist Theology Cross-culturally: A Reflection on the Exploring Global Feminist Theologies Pedagogy Project, with Damaris Parsitau, African Association for the Study of Religions, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Jan. 21, 2010.

Nature or Nurture? A theo-ethical evaluation of behavior-based vs. environmental approaches to preventing HIV and AIDS in East Africa, African Association for the Study of Religions, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Jan. 20, 2010.

Pathfinding as Empowerment for African Women, African Women in America (AfWiAm) Discussion series, Loyola University Chicago, May 29, 2009.

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Sexed Bodies: Rethinking Abstinence in Light of the African AIDS Pandemic, Women and Leadership Archives Lecture Series, Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, Chicago, IL, April 16, 2009.

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Sexed Bodies: Rethinking Abstinence in Light of the African AIDS Pandemic, Loyola University Chicago Interdisciplinary Research Symposium for Graduate School Students and Alumni, Chicago, IL, March 21, 2009. (Awarded “Best in Symposium”)

Faith-based Public Health in East Africa, Theology and Ethnography Consultation, Sponsored by Emory University’s Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, March 4, 2009.

Gearing Up: Getting Started in Fieldwork, panel presentation with Aana Marie Vigen and Christian A.B. Scharen, Society of Christian Ethics, Chicago, IL, Jan. 9, 2009.

Love and Sacrifice Through Cross-Cultural Lenses: The Boundaries of Self and Conceptions of Love for African Women, 17th European Conference on Philosophy of Religion, sponsored by the European Society for Philosophy of Religion, Oslo, Norway, Aug. 28-31, 2008.

Sex and Sacred Texts: Creating Emancipatory Speech in the Classroom, Paper given as part of a panel presentation entitled Women’s Studies Meets Theology: Sex and Sacred Texts Take the Stage in the Classroom, with Jeanine Viau, Elizabeth Vasko and Mary Moorman National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, June 19-22, 2008.

The Social Landscape of Stigma: A Postcolonial Feminist Interpretation of the African AIDS Pandemic, National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, Nashville, TN, May 18-20, 2008.

Ethnographic Fieldwork and Ethics, Fieldwork and Ethics Interest Group, Society of Christian Ethics, Jan. 3, 2008.

Embodied Participatory Learning: Engaging African Communal Theology as a Method of Feminist Pedagogy, Presentation by the Women in Theology reading group, sponsored by the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, Loyola University, Oct. 17, 2007.

What Africa Has to Teach America: Finding Ways to Increase Compassion and Reduce Stigma in Light of the African HIV and AIDS Pandemic, African Association for the Study of Religions, Gaborone, Botswana, Southern Africa, July 8-13, 2007.

Morality on the Streets: An Examination of the Beliefs and Moral Practice of Street Children in Light of Christianity and African Traditional Religions, Loyola- Marquette Colloquium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jan. 27, 2007.

Public Presentations

The Bridge Church – Panel on same-sex relationships and the church, Oct. 14, 2016.

First Baptist Church Macon, GA – Global Women Group, presentation on women in East Africa, Aug. 28, 2016.

The Nett Church – Panel on police violence and Black Lives Matter, Aug. 14, 2016.

Symposium Ethics Podcast on Ethics of Christian Mission, August 2016.

American Bar Association student podcast on Restorative Justice, July 2016.

Transformed by a Story: Mobilizing Against Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty, with Nikki Roberts and Letitia Campbell, Wild Goose Festival, Hot Springs, North Carolina, July 2016 (forthcoming).

Panel Participant, #DeathPenaltyOnMyMind, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly, with Eileen Campbell-Reed, Pat Anderson, Judge Wendell Griffen, Tina Bailey, and Dakota Brookshire (Kelly Gissendaner’s son), June 2016 (forthcoming).

Panel Participant, Racial Justice in the United States in 2016, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly, June 2016 (forthcoming).

Retreat leader and speaker on social justice and community development, CBF Seminarian Retreat, January 2016.

Sermon series on “Navigating Dystopia: Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty” and School for Christian Living course on Restorative Justice, Baptist Church of the Covenant, Birmingham, AL, February-March, 2016.

Guest on the American Bar Association Law Student podcast, Restorative Justice series (death penalty in Georgia), with Sarah Gerwig-Moore, April 2016.

Panel Participant, “Leading Women: How Women Are Changing the Church,” with Eileen Campbell-Reed, Chanequa Walker-Barnes, and Rev. Karen Thomas Smith, Alliance of Baptists Workshop, April 17-18, 2015

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning, Pre-Tenure Theological School Workshop, Presentations on MultiCulturalism, Anti-Racism, and Pedagogy and Strategic Thinking about Tactical Decisions – Grading, Assessment, and Course Design, June 2014.

Panel Participant, Covering Earth, Uncovering Agony: Journalism, Environmental Disasters, and Suffering, Loyola University Chicago, Oct. 15, 2013.

American Association of University Women guest presentations on current research – Deerfield, IL (April 13, 2013), Hinsdale, IL (May 21, 2013), Arlington Heights, IL (Oct. 16, 2013), Hinsdale, IL (Nov. 2, 2013).

Panel Participant, Seventh Annual Student Leadership Institute conference, Sponsored by the Department of Student Leadership Development (SLD) at Loyola Chicago, January 26, 2013.

Standing in Solidarity with People Living with HIV and AIDS in East Africa, Loyola University Chicago World AIDS Day Event, Nov. 30, 2012.

Publishing Without Perishing While in Grad School, Loyola University Chicago Theology Graduate Student Caucus, Jan. 24, 2011.

Integrating Activism and Academics, panelist, Loyola University Chicago Graduate Service Resource Forum, Nov. 6, 2008.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE & PEDAGOGY TRAINING

Assistant Professor, McAfee School of Theology
Poverty, Wealth and Inequalities, Fall 2017
Theology and Theory of Social Enterprise, Summer 2017
Business of Social Enterprise, Summer 2017
Social Change, Summer 2017
Community Engaged Ministry, Spring 2017
Fieldwork in Congregations and Communities, Spring 2017
Global Health and Christian Ethics (East Africa Mission Immersion), Summer 2016
Restorative Justice, Spring 2016
Understanding Urban Mission, Summer 2015
Contextual Ministry, every semester, Spring 2015-present
Missional Theology, Spring 2012, Summer 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2016
Ethics, Spring 2012, Fall 2017

Auburn Seminary
Atlanta cohort supervisor and Design Team member, Justice Ministry Education Project, Auburn Seminary, New York, NY, 2017-present.

Instructor, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Urban Ministry, Summer 2015

Central Baptist Seminary
Supervised Ministry Mentor, 2015

Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago
Foundations of Social Justice, Fall 2012, Fall 2013
Diversity & Equity, Spring 2013
Applied Research, Spring 2013
Christian Moral Theology & Ethics, Summer 2013
Guided Study, Factors of HIV/AIDS among Women, Spring 2013
Guided Study, The Syrian Revolution, Spring 2013
Group Guided Study on Technology, Social Media & Activism, Summer 2013
Guided Study, Experiential Learning & Community Engagement, Fall 2013
Guided Study, Privilege and Ethics, Fall 2013

Adjunct Instructor in Christian Ethics, Lexington Theological Seminary
Ethical Forms, Fall 2011
Science and God: Intro to Biomedical Ethics, Spring 2012
Ethical Forms / Bioethics, Summer Intensives, June 2012
Ethics competency exercises – curriculum design, 2011-12

Adjunct Instructor, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University
Ethics, Spring 2012
Missions II, Spring 2012

Adjunct Instructor in Ethics, Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character, Kennesaw State University
Ethical Foundations, Spring 2012

Instructor, Loyola University Chicago
Moral Problems: HIV/AIDS in Global Perspective, Spring 2009

Teaching Assistant, Loyola University Chicago
Christian Marriage and Family, Fall 2006, Patricia Beattie Jung

Pedagogy Training and Related Experience

  • Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning, Workshop for Pre-Tenure Theological School Faculty, June 2013-July 2014
  • Workshop participant, 5th Annual Connecting Campuses with Communities Service Learning Institute and Research Academy, Indiana University Purdue University Indiana, May 13-17, 2013.
  • Online Teaching & Learning Training Course, Loyola Center for Ignatian Pedagogy, Spring 2013
  • Pedagogy II Certificate, 2009, Loyola University Chicago Department of Theology
  • Research Mentor, Loyola University Chicago Graduate/Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program, Summer 2009
  • Pedagogy I Certificate, 2007, Loyola University Chicago Department of Theology
  • Mentor, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Student Inquiry and Research Program Mentored a student research project entitled, “Homosexuality and the Catholic Church,” 2007-2008
  • Group pedagogy project on using methods of participatory learning in the classroom, Women and Religion, THEO 178 / WOST 278, Loyola University Chicago, Spring 2007

GUEST LECTURES

  • “Social Justice and Ministry” for Intro to Theology and Ministry, Loyola University Chicago, Oct. 23, 2012.
  • “HIV and AIDS and the moral imagination” for Ethical Dimensions of SJ & Community, Loyola University Chicago, Sept. 19, 2012.
  • “Reading the Bible in the Midst of the African HIV/AIDS Epidemic,” for Social Justice in the Old Testament, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, Oct. 10, 2011.
  • “The African HIV/AIDS Epidemic,” for Comparative Politics, Morehouse College, March 25, 2010.
  • “People as unwritten texts: Immersion experiences and sources of authority,” for Moral Problems: Authority and Moral Agency, Loyola University Chicago, Feb. 18, 2008.
  • “Kenyan street children and food security” for Moral Problems: Virtuous Eating and Biblical Imagery, THEO 192, Loyola University Chicago, Spring 2007.
  • “AIDS orphans in Kenya” for Swahili 1401, Baylor University, Oct. 12, 2004.
  • “Children’s issues: Poverty & AIDS in the developing world,” for Lifespan Human Development, Baylor University, Oct. 12, 2004.
  • “HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa,” for Theology Capstone, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Oct. 11, 2004.
  • “Family, parenting and marriage in Kenya,” for Preschool Child Development and Curriculum, Baylor University, Oct. 11, 2004.

FIELD RESEARCH

Oct. 2016-Present: US based fieldwork – “Changing Church in Order to Change the World: A Study of Worshipping Congregations Practicing Deep Solidarity”                            Affiliations: Louisville Institute

Oct. 2009-May 2010: Mwanza, Tanzania – Women’s Agency and the African HIV and AIDS Epidemic
Affiliations: Diocese of Victoria Nyanza (Anglican Church Tanzania) and Saint Augustine University Tanzania

June-July 2009: Mai Mahiu, Kenya – Reflections on Post-election violence from IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) Camps
Affiliation: Maryknoll Institute of African Studies, Loyola University

Feb-May 2009: Chicago, IL – Faith-based abstinence education among college students and young adults
Affiliation: Loyola University

Jan-April 2004: Nairobi, Kenya – Urban refugees and Christian ethics
Affiliation: Maryknoll Institute of African Studies

May-June 2001: Nairobi, Kenya – Street children and religious beliefs
Affiliation: Maryknoll Institute of African Studies

PUBLICATIONS: Popular and Church Curriculum

Blogger for Huffington Post Religion, On Scripture/Odyssey Networks, Red Letter Christians, Sojourners, and other progressive, religious media outlets

“Daniel Bible Study,” Formations curriculum, Smyth and Helwys, 2013

Reflections devotions (2013), “Daniel Bible Study,” Formations curriculum (2013) and Youth Curriculum“Hearing Voices of Need,” and “The Wisdom of Jesus,” (2007) published with Smyth and Helwys.

Multiple church resource tools and leader’s guides published with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (Offering for Global Missions Resource CD or online resources: 2006-2012; Offering for Global Missions Leader’s Guides: 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007) Praying the Seasons of the Harvest. Prayer guide for Global Missions, 2007; Living the Call,” Missions Offering Bible Study, 2003; “Justice, Mercy, and a Wise Walk,” Missions Offering Bible Study.

FILM CREDITS

Producer, multiple films for Kelly Gissendaner’s death row clemency campaign

Advisory Board Member, You Don’t Live Here Anymore (Documentary in progress), A film by Philister Sidigu.Director,
Ethnography as Feminist Praxis: Spotlight on the Global Feminist Theologies Symposium in Nairobi, Kenya (Documentary). Produced by Sema Films, 2009. Published in Practical Matters Journal Issue 3, Spring 2010
Assistant Story Editor, Love Delivered (Documentary). Sema Films, 2010.
Assistant Story Editor, Good Coffee (Documentary), Sema Films, 2009.

Director, Embodied Participatory Learning: Engaging African Communal Theology as a Method of Feminist Pedagogy (Documentary). Produced by Sema Films, 2007.

SELECTED COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WORK

Justice Ministry Education Supervisor, Auburn Seminary, 2016-present.

Task force member, The Lupton Center (FCS) curriculum development group for Seeking Shalom, a video curriculum that moves churches and individuals from “toxic charity” to asset-based community development, 2016

Task force member, The Lupton Center (FCS), International Development, 2016-present

Advisory Board member, Global Women, 2016-present

Participant in the Odyssey Networks Milwaukee 53206 Brain Trust (on mass incarceration), Washington DC, March 10, 2016

Lobbying and work with Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, 2015-present

Organizer with and social media coordinator for the #KellyOnMyMind Collective, a public advocacy campaign for Kelly Gissendaner who was executed by the state of Georgia October 1, 2015 (Feb-Oct 2015)

Representative on the Georgia-based Interfaith Coalition to End the Death Penalty

Blogs on social justice issues published at Huffington Post, Red Letter Christians, Feminism and Religion, Sojourners, and Odyssey Networks

RELATED EXPERIENCE

Emory University / Candler School of Theology – Pedagogy researcher and Grant Evaluation supervisor for Emory’s Lilly grant to fund the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology, 2017-2018.

Church of Jesus Christ, Reconciler (Chicago, IL): Sept. 2008 – Jan. 2009

  • Interim Baptist Clergy at Church of Jesus Christ, Reconciler, an ecumenical congregation affiliated with the Episcopal, American Baptist, and Evangelical Covenant denominations

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship / Passport Camps (Birmingham, AL): Aug. 2004 – June 2006

  • Editor for three online devotional sites
  • Interim Director for Mission Exchange program
  • Assistant Director for Passport Kenya camp
  • Assistant Director for Echo, a ministry exploration retreat for students funded by the Lilly Endowment
  • Writer and Editor for Passport curriculum
  • Design Team member and curriculum writer for Faith in 3D, a tri-denominational youth conference sponsored by Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, The Episcopal Church, and Presbyterian Church (USA)

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (Nairobi, Kenya): Jan. 2003 – Sept. 2004

  • Field Personnel assigned to Nairobi, Kenya
  • Worked as the Daily Operations Supervisor for Kids to Kids, a feeding an education project outside of one of Nairobi’s larger slums
  • Worked with Amani ya Juu, a sewing project for refugee women
  • Researched the urban refugee situation in Nairobi and made recommendations to NGOs working with refugees
  • Hosted multiple college, seminary, high school and church immersion trips and volunteers

Calvary Baptist Church (Waco, Tx): Preaching Intern, Aug – Dec 2001

Baylor University African Studies Program (Waco, Tx): Recruiting Director – East Africa Semester Abroad, Aug. 1999 – Mar. 2000

Bethany Baptist Church (Gaffney, SC): Minister to Youth and Children, Oct. 1996 – March 1997

SERVICE & LEADERSHIP

Quality Enhancement Plan Committee (Service Learning and Study Abroad), Mercer University, 2016-Present
M.Div. Committee (2015-16) and D.Min. Committee (2016-Present), McAfee School of Theology
Fair Trade Committee, Loyola University Chicago, 2012
Academic Technology Committee, Loyola University Chicago, 2013
Pre-conference organizer for “Fieldwork and Ethics Pre-conference,” Society of Christian Ethics annual meeting, January 3, 2013
Assistant Secretary General/Webmaster for the African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR) – 2010-2015 term
Steering Committee, American Academy of Religions, Religion and AIDS Seminar, 2012-2016
Steering Committee, American Academy of Religions, Feminist Theory and Religious Reflection Group – 2010-2013
Board of Directors, Ujamaa Global Mission, Johannesburg, South Africa
Conference Planner for ELCA World AIDS Day Conference, Atlanta, GA, December 2011
Conference Planning Committee for “A [Baptist] Conference on Sexuality and Covenant,” April 19-21, 2012
Conference Planning Committee for the African Association for the Study of Religions meeting, Nakuru, Kenya, July 2012
Conference Planning Committee for “Politics, Poverty and Prayer: Global African Spiritualities and Social Transformation” Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, July 2010
Loyola University Chicago – Global Feminist Theologies Immersion Project, Nairobi, Kenya, International Coordinator and Grant Writer, 2008-09
Concilium International Journal for Theology Conference Co-Organizer, Loyola University Chicago, June 2009
Referee, Political Theology journal, 2008-2013
Society of Christian Ethics, Ethics and Fieldwork Interest Group Co-convener, 2007-present
Loyola Theology Graduate Student Caucus – Vice-President, 2007, President, 2007 & 2008

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Work, study or travel experience in 38 countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania/Zanzibar, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Egypt, Malawi, Ethiopia, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Honduras, Mexico, Haiti, Canada, Cayman Islands, Curacao, France, Netherlands, England, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Norway, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia. Lived abroad in Kenya (2 years) and Tanzania (1 year).

International Coordinator and Grant Writer for Loyola University Chicago’s Global Feminist Theologies in Postcolonial Space immersion program in Nairobi, Kenya, Summer 2009. Program funded through the American Academy of Religion, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning, Loyola University Chicago and University of San Diego.

Seventeen-years of experience working with and leading immersion-based high school, seminary, college, and church programs in East Africa through Africa Exchange, Passport Kenya, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Baylor University & Truett Seminary, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, McAfee School of Theology, and Loyola University Chicago.

 

READING AND RESEARCH GROUPS

Loyola Chicago Women’s Studies Gender Studies Faculty reading group on Jesuit and Feminist Pedagogies, Spring 2013.

Graduate Scholars Program in Women’s Studies, 2008-2009, Women and Human Rights. Sponsored by the Loyola University Chicago Gannon Center for Women and Leadership.

Women in Theology reading group: 2006-2007 (Co-Coordinator): “Feminist Liberationist Pedagogy: At the Intersection of Academic Theological Discourse and Social Action,” and 2007-2008: “Reading Past White Privilege: Listening to Global Women’s Theologies.” Sponsored by the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage.

Religion and Science reading group: Evolutionary Biology and Altruism, 2007-2008 and Neuroscience and Ethics, 2008-2009. Sponsored by the Loyola University Chicago Department of Theology and the Theology Graduate Student Caucus.

LANGUAGES

Kiswahili – 2 semesters, extensive self-study, graduate research tool (Courses taken in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
French – 1 semester, graduate research tool
Greek – 6 semesters
Hebrew – 2 semesters
American Sign Language – 4 semesters

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

African Association for the Study of Religions
American Academy of Religion
National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
National Women’s Studies Association
Society of Christian Ethics