Assistant Professor of PJCS
BA, Cleveland State University, 1998
MA, Ashland Theological Seminary, 2001
Engaging the Bible
An introduction to biblical literature that provides a foundation for current expressions of Christian faith and practice. Students will gain skill in the use of academic resources and methods in order to read, interpret and communicate more effectively.
Women in the Bible
This course engages students in a conversation with biblical studies and theology, especially feminist theology. The course will explore two related issues: the way women are portrayed and characterized in the Bible, as well as the way people interpret and engage the Bible through a gendered lens.
Race, Class and Ethnic Relations
This class explores the social construction of difference in the categories of race, ethnicity, gender, class and sexuality. Together we will survey evolving theories of these identity categories developed by sociologists and other scholars. We will read first hand accounts of individual experiences, and students will write about and discuss their own experiences.
Transforming Conflict and Violence
Explores the potentially constructive nature of conflict, the destructive nature of violence and the relationship between the two. Examines various patterns of communication, conflict and violence and what is needed for transformation. Special emphasis on structural violence.
Personal Violence and Healing
A seminar course in which advanced students examine selected problems in violence. The course focuses upon the socio-cultural matrix of an individual’s encounters with violence, and integrates religious and ethical studies with the social sciences.
Lectures & Presentations
“Black, Female and Mennonite: Navigating Cultural, Political and Religious Identity,” American Academy of Religion, October 2010.
Respondent, “Postcolonialism and Anabaptism: A Conversation,” Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown, PA, September 2010.
“Thinking, Speaking and Working Margin to Margin,” National Women’s Studies Association, November 2009.
Keynote Speaker, Eastern Mennonite Seminary School for Leadership Training, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, January 2009.
“Attending to Context in Ministry” in Youth Ministry at a Crossroads: Tending to the Faith Formation of Mennonite Youth, Brubacher Kaethler, A. and Yoder, R., eds., Institute of Mennonite Studies, 2011.
“Lee Heights Community Church: Formed by Diversity.” Chapter in Widening the Circle: Anabaptist Experiments in Discipleship, Shenk, Joanna, ed., Herald Press, 2011.
“Couldn’t Keep It To Myself: Testimony in the Black Church Tradition.” Vision: a Journal for Church and Theology 10.2 (2009).
Book Review: “Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church.” Conrad Grebel Review (Spring 2009).
“Mother May I? A Pastors Week Sermon.” Vision: a Journal for Church and Theology 5.2 (2004).
“City Youth and the Call to Serve.” Direction: A Mennonite Brethren Forum 31/1 (Spring 2002).
Set Free: A Journey Toward Solidarity Against Racism. With Iris de Leon Hartshorn and Tobin Miller Shearer, Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 2001.
“Cultural Dynamics and Conflict.” in Making Peace with Conflict. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1995.