Professor of Bible, Religion & Philosophy

Education

BA, FRANKLIN COLLEGE, 1981
M DIV, Anabaptist Mennonite BiblicalSeminary, 1988
PHD, EMORY UNIVERSITY, 1994

Current Projects

  • Writing a book on religion and sexuality
  • Preparing several new religion courses for the Goshen Core
  • Intensive Spanish language study in Guatemala (Summer 2013)

Research

My ongoing research interests have to do with the intersection of religion and politics; religious perspectives on sexuality; and calling and vocation. My primary current project is working on a book on religion and sexuality.

Courses

  • Religion in America (Religious Perspectives course)
  • Christian Faith
  • Religion and Sexuality
  • Religion and Bible Senior Seminar (Narrative Theologies)
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Liberation Theologies
  • Human Sexuality (Sociology Department)
  • Christians and Politics
  • Religion in Culture and Society
  • Core 100

Lectures & Presentations

  • “Dale Brown Book Award Lecture,” October 2012, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. The lecture was based on receiving the Dale Brown Book Award for my book Prophetic Peacemaking: Writings of John Richard Burkholder.
  • Panelist, “Engaging Students in the World of Service and Ministry,” at conference on Christian Life and Witness: From the Academy to the Church, Georgetown College, Kentucky, 23-24 January 2012.
  • Visiting Professor, Oregon Extension, 26-30 October 2011.
  • “Pastoral Ministry as Sex Work” plenary address and “Sex in the Church” workshop for Supporting Communities Network Pastors’ Retreat, Friedenswald Camp, Michigan, 18 October 2011.
  • Two days at Eastern Mennonite University, 20-21 September 2011, Harrisonburg, Virginia, doing sexuality talks, including a seminary chapel; university chapel; two 2-hour, late-night coffeehouse/forum presentations; a 90-minute session with local high school youth from two churches; four classroom presentations; and meetings with student groups and individual students.
  • Presented six workshops at “Pittsburgh 2011,” a Mennonite Convention, for adults, youth sponsors, and youth, including one session on adoption, two on peacemaking and patriotism, and three on sexuality and/in the church, 4-8 July 2011.
  • “Interweaving Sexuality and Spirituality: Sexual Blessing” and “Shameless Sexuality: God’s Gift,” lectures at Roberts Wesleyan College, 19-20 October 2010.
  • “Pastoring Churchgoers Who Use Pornography,” 3 June 2010, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana. Co-presenter with Mary Lehman Yoder.
  • “Peer Review Course Portfolio: Religion in the Americas,” a 47-page report prepared for the Faculty Learning Community, Goshen College, June 2009, and posted online on a Course Portfolio website at a research university.
  • “Healthy Sexuality and Today’s Youth,” plenary address at “Pastoring Sexualized Youth” seminar, Oaklawn 2009 Professional Series, 13 May 2009.
  • Theological and ethical consultant, “Sexuality Consultation,” 3-6 May 2009, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. This six-person consultation was called by Mennonite Publishing Network to develop theological and ethical principles to guide development of curriculum and worship materials related to sexuality.
  • “Embodying Sexual Wholeness Week,” Eastern Mennonite University and Eastern Mennonite Seminary, 28-29 January 2009. Series of three public presentations, three classroom lectures, and two talk-back sessions.
  • Plenary address titled “Called to Embody Sexual Wholeness” and workshops on “Negotiating the Young Adult Sexual Landscape,” School for Leadership Training, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, 21-24 January 2008.
  • Moderator, “Peace Studies and Theology” session, Future Directions in Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholarship Conference, Mennonite Historical Library, 5-6 May 2006.
  • “CCCU’s Vocational Conversations,” Anabaptist/Mennonite panelist, CCCU International Forum on Christian Higher Education, Gaylord, Texas, 30 March 2006.
  • “Living Anabaptism in the Twenty-First Century” for the Schrag endowed lecture series, Messiah College, Grantham Pennsylvania, 9 February 2006. Two lectures for students and the public, including “Faithfulness and Patriotism in a Time of War” and “From Plows to Professions: Godly Passions, Christian Discipleship, and Creative Subversion.”
  • “Toward a Mennonite Theology of Vocation,” plenary address at Cultivating a Culture of Call: Mennonite Perspectives on Vocation conference, Goshen College, 20 October 2005.
  • “From Quiestistic Nonresistance to Engaged Peacemaking: Transformations and Tensions in Mennonite Peace Theologies,” workshop at In Solidarity: Engaging Empire conferences sponsored by Plowshares and the Peace and Justice Studies Association, Goshen College, 8 October 2005.
  • “Constructions of Masculinity and Violence: Toward an Anti-Violent Masculinity,” workshop leader at Seeking Peace: The Courage to Be Nonviolent conference sponsored by Plowshares and the Historic Peace Churches, 10 September 2005, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Presenter, “Transforming Men: Toward a Culture of Anti-Violence,” at Transforming the Culture of Violence Against Women conference, 12 March 2005.
  • “Theologies of Vocation from the Particular Religious Traditions,” presenter and co-facilitator, Enhancing the Theological Exploration of Vocation conference, IUPUI, Indianapolis, Indiana, 11-13 October 2004.

Selected Publications

  • Living Faith: Embracing God’s Callings. Harrisonburg: Cascadia Publishing, 2012.
  • The Daily Feast: Everyday Menus We Love to Share. Intercourse, Pennsylvania: Good Books, 2012. Managing editor of this collection of recipes and menus from Graber family women.
  • “Orphans and Adoption: Biblical Themes, Christian and Mennonite Initiatives, and Contemporary Ethical Concerns,” in Marcia Bunge, ed., Children, Childhood, and Religious Ethics: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • “Anabaptist Ethics” and “Adoption” entries in the Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, ed. by Joel B. Green, Jacqueline Lapsley, Rebekah Miles, and Allen Verhey. Baker Academic Books, 2011.
  • “Unwrapping Sexuality,” Canadian Mennonite 15:21 (31 October 2011): 4-7.
  • Author, revision of “Guidelines from the Gift-Giver: Sexuality and Scripture,” and co-author with Anne Krabill Hershberger, “The Gift and Aging,” in Anne Krabill Hershberger, ed., Sexuality: God’s Gift, 2nd Edition. Scottdale: Herald Press, 2010.
  • Prophetic Peacemaking: Writings of John Richard Burkholder.  Editor of this collection of Burkholder’s writings and author of the Introduction, titled “On Being Burkholderian.” Elkhart:  Institute of Mennonite Studies, and Scottdale: Herald Press, 2010.
  • “Foreword,” Surviving the Khmer Rouge: Stories on the Struggle to Stay Alive, edited by Sheldon C. Good. Goshen, Ind.: PinchPenny Press, 2009.
  • “Speaking Pastorally, Ethically, and Pragmatically,” in Karl S. Shelly and HeidiSiemens-Rhodes, eds., None Can Stop the Spirit: Pastors and Leaders Express Hope forA More LGBT Inclusive Mennonite Church (June 2009): 23-24.
  • Cover Story, “Sex without Shame: You Know the Don’ts: Here Are the Do’s,” Sojourners (August 2009): 20-27.
  • “Transforming Vocation: A Mennonite Perspective,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 83:1 (January 2009).      
  • “Christian Patriotism and the Radical Discipleship of Anabaptists,” in Michael G. Long and Tracy Sadd, eds., God and Country? Diverse Perspectives on Christianity and Patriotism.  New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • Wrestling with the Text: Young Adult Perspectives on Scripture.  Co-editor with Malinda E. Berry.  Telford: Cascadia Press, 2007.
  • “Munching on a Mattering Text,” in Ray Gingerich and Earl Zimmerman, eds., Telling Our Stories: Personal Accounts of Engagement with Scripture.  Telford: Cascadia Press, 2006.
  • “Reflections on Mennonites and Patriotism,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 80:3 (July 2006)
  • Theological Copy Editor, The Nazareth Jesus Knew, by Joel Kauffmann (Nazareth, Israel: Nazareth Village), 2005.
  • “Some Beginning Thoughts on Homosexuality and Christian Ethics, Kaleidoscope Resource Packet.  Minneapolis:  Brethren and Mennonite Council, 2004.
  • “Mennonites,” entry in Encyclopedia of Religion and War , edited by Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez.  Great Barrington, Mass.: Berkshire Publishing Group/Routledge, 2003.
  • “Bringing Infertility Out of the Shadows,” Vision  3:1 (Spring 2003): 16-26.
  • “From Engaged Social Activists to Disengaged Academicians?:  Purported Generational Shifts Among Teaching Faculties at U.S. Mennonite Colleges, Mennonite Quarterly Review 76:1 (January 2002): 72-104.
  • “A One-Armed Embrace of Postmodernity: International Education and Church-Related Colleges,” in Stephen Haynes, ed., Talking Out of Place:  Professing in the Postmodern Academy. Waco, Texas:  Baylor University Press (2002): 217-245.
  • “My Good Samaritans,” in Ronald Alan Knott, ed., College Faith:  150 Christian Leaders and Educators Share Faith Stories from Their Student Days Berrien Springs:  Andrews University Press, 2002.
  • “Complex Innocence, Obligatory Nurturance, and Parental Vigilance:  ‘The Child’ in Menno Simons,” in Marcia Bunge, ed., The Child in Christian Thought. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.
  • Teaching to Transform: Perspectives on Mennonite Higher Education.  Editor andcontributor of the foreword and an essay titled “Transformative Education.” Goshen: Pinchpenny Press, 2001.
  • “On Keeping the Faith: Integrity with Your Heritage” (co-authored with Shirley Hershey Showalter), in Gary DeKrey, DeAne Lagerquist and Pamela Schwandt, eds., Called to Serve: St. Olaf and the Vocation of a Church College. Northfield, Minn.: St. Olaf, 1999.
  • “Guidelines from the Gift-Giver: Sexuality and Scripture,” in Anne Krabill Hershberger, ed., Sexuality: God’s Gift. Scottdale: Herald Press, 1999.
  • “Worshiping with the Early Anabaptists” (co-authored with John Oyer), in Merle Good and Phyllis Pellman Good, eds., What Mennonites Are Thinking, 1998. Intercourse: Good Books, 1998.
  • “Mennonite Mutual Aid: A Margin of Difference?,” in Willard M. Swartley andDonald B. Kraybill, eds., Building Communities of Compassion:  MennoniteMutual Aid in Theory and Practice. Scottdale:  Herald Press/Pandora Press, 1997.
  • “Teaching the Bible in the Classroom: Vision and Goals,” in Don Blosser, ed.,The Word Among Us. Goshen College: PinchPenny Press.
  • Wise as Serpents, Innocent as Doves: American Mennonites Engage Washington.Knoxville, Tenn.: University of Tennessee Press, 1996.
  • “AIDS: An Opportunity for the Church,” in AIDS: A Sourcebook, coedited by Nettie R. Bartel and John E. Orlando.  Austin, Texas: Pro-Ed, 1987.

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient, Dale Brown Book Award, for my edited volume Prophetic Peacemaking, 2012.
  • Recipient, Schrag lectureship, Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania, February 2006.
  • Recipient of C. Henry Smith Peace Lectureship, 2000-01, for research on social activism/inactivism of Mennonite college faculty.
  • Goshen College Campus Nominee, 1999 Thomas Ehrlich Award for Service Learning.
  • Participant, “Rhodes Consultation on the Future of the Church-Related College,” a Lilly-funded series of conferences for 12 selected younger scholars, 1996-97.

Grants & Fellowships

  • Recipient, Mininger Center Grant, participation in American Academy of Religion annual meeting, November 2013.
  • Recipient, Mininger Center Grant, several weeks of intensive Spanish study in Guatemala.
  • Recipient, Mininger Center Grant, participation in Society of Christian Ethics annualMeeting, January 2011.
  • Recipient, Mininger Center Grant, participation in Society of Christian Ethics annual meeting, Chicago, Illinois, January 2009. 
  • Recipient, Mininger Center Grant, participation in academic conference, 2007-08
  • Recipient, Mininger Center Grant, participation in 2006 American Academy of Religion meetings in San Diego, California, 2006.
  • Recipient of Plowshares Faculty Development Grant, 2005-06, for completing and publishing an edited book on the writings of J.R. Burkholder.
  • Recipient of Faculty Research Grant, Goshen College, 2004-05, for completing and publishing an edited book on young adult perspectives on Scripture.
  • Recipient of CALL Research Grant, Lilly Endowment and Goshen College, Summer 2003, for work on writing “Toward a Mennonite Theology of Vocation.”
  • Recipient of Faculty Research Grant, Goshen College 2002-03, for writing article for Vision and completing several book reviews
  • Recipient of Faculty Research Grant, Goshen College, 2001-02 for writing article for Mennonite Quarterly Review and Vision, and for “Journeys with Scripture” colloquium.
  • Recipient of Rhodes Consultation on the Future of the Church-Related College cross-institutional Grant (on behalf of Goshen College, EMU, and Bluffton College) to host three consultations of college and church leaders over a three-year period, 2001.
  • Recipient of C. Henry Smith Peace Lectureship, 2000-01, for research on social activism/inactivism of Mennonite college faculty.
  • Recipient of Faculty Research Grant, Goshen College, 2000-01, for dissemination of publications and conference travel.
  • Recipient of Faculty Research Grant, Goshen College, 1999-00, for presentation at Society of Christian Ethics meeting, January 2000.
  • Recipient of Faculty Research Grant, Goshen College, 1998-99, for research on “Historical Perspectives on ‘the Child.’”
  • Recipient of Goshen College Multicultural Education Office Course Development Grant, 1998-99, Religion in Culture and Society.
  • Recipient of Faculty Research Grant, Goshen College, 1997-98.
  • Recipient of personal and group grants from Goshen College’s Fund for Academic Excellence, 1996-99.

Memberships & Associations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society of Christian Ethics
  • Ordained Minister, Mennonite Church USA

Leadership of Study Service Term Units

Co-leader, with spouse, of nine SST units over a 26-year period, in five different countries with three different languages (Spanish, Mandarin, Khmer):

  • Cambodia (Spring 2007, Spring 2010, Spring 2013)
  • Cuba and Costa Rica (Summer 2004)
  • China (Fall 2002)
  • Dominican Republic (Fall and Spring 1989, Fall and Spring 1997)

Visit the SST homepage

Hobbies & Interests

  • Collecting international art, including co-ownership (with my spouse) of Found, an international art gallery and family art gallery in downtown Goshen, Indiana. Visit www.graberfound.com
  • Spending time with my three children, ages 21 (a senior at Goshen College), 15, and 13.

 

Personal Information

Keith Graber Miller, an ordained pastor in Mennonite Church U.S.A., teaches religion at Goshen College. A Ph.D. graduate of Emory University, his primary research and teaching areas include ethics, Christian theology, religious history, religion in culture and society, religion and politics, and religion and sexuality. The spouse of Ann Graber Miller, an artist and designer, he also is co-owner of Found international art gallery in downtown Goshen. Ann and Keith are the parents of three children: Niles, age 21 (a Goshen College senior); Mia, age 15; and Simon, age 13. The Graber Millers are members of Assembly Mennonite Church in Goshen, where Keith is currently chair of the Leadership Group.