ECF Fellows News: Spring 2019

July 2, 2019

Elizabeth (Liza) Anderson (2010) is starting a position as Assistant Professor of Theology at the College of Saint Scholastica, a Benedictine college in Duluth, MN. She’s spending this summer in Armenia and Georgia, doing research on Armenian, Georgian, and Syriac Christian manuscripts sponsored by a grant from the North American Patristics Society.

Sarah Barton (2018) successfully defended her dissertation, "Becoming the Baptized Body: Disability, Baptism, and the Practice of Christian Community" this past spring. She graduated from Duke Divinity with her Doctor of Theology in May. This summer, she’s working on crafting a book proposal to pursue publishing her dissertation. In late May, she gave a plenary lecture called "Becoming the Baptized Body" at the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability.

Reed Carlson (2015) graduated from Harvard University with a ThD in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. His dissertation is entitled “Possession and Other Sprit Phenomena in Biblical Literature.” In August, he begins a new position as Assistant Professor of Old Testament at United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia and Gettysburg.

The Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 17 (2019) 145-172 has published Bruce Chilton’s (1974) article, “The Chimeric ‘Empty Tomb.’” In addition, Baylor University Press has announced his newest book, Resurrection Logic. How Jesus' First Followers Believed God Raised Him from the Dead. The Jewish Federation and the Reformed Church of Rhinebeck have jointly sponsored series of his lectures, as has the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. Dr Chilton continues at Bard as the Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion.

Ellen Davis’ (1984) new book, Opening Israel’s Scriptures, is just coming out from Oxford University Press. HERE is a good write up on it, and HERE is the link to Oxford’s blurb on it.

Kyle Oliver (2016) helped launch the podcast he edits and co-produces for The Episcopal Church: The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry. Kyle and his Co-host, Sandy Milien, talk with Presiding Bishop Curry and others about the seven spiritual practices of the Way of Love rule of life. Season 1 episodes release weekly on Tuesdays through the end of July, and Season 2 is already in production.

Kyle will also be presenting preliminary research from his dissertation study at a conference. "Hybrid principles and practices of formation in a faith-adjacent networked nonprofit" has been accepted for Theocom 2019, a gathering of theologians on digital communication at Santa Clara University, July 21-23.

Ten years into retirement, William Petersen (1970) continues to serve as a member-at-large of the Consultation on Common Texts. Att their annual meeting this past April, he was (once again) elected to be one of the two North American delegates representing CCT to the biennial meeting of the international and ecumenical English Language Liturgical Consultation in London this coming August.

Beginning in August 2019, Kathryn Reinhard (2009) will begin a tenure-track job as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Gwynedd Mercy University. Additionally, she’s signed a book contract with Fortress Academic to publish her dissertation, Recognizing the Spirit: An Ecclesial Pneumatology. She also will have an essay published in an upcoming volume on Theology and the Works of Neil Gaiman.

Christopher Seitz (1982) had a new book come out, Elder Testament: Canon, Theology, Trinity (Baylor University Press, 2018). It will be subject to a review issue of Pro Ecclesia in 2020. There will also be a review session in the context of the SBL meeting in San Diego, Nov 2019. He was Guest Professor at Centre Sèvres last term. It is the Jesuit Seminary in Paris.

Christopher is currently working on a new book in the light of that teaching, Convergences: Canon and Catholicity. He has eight current PhD students in supervision at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. Two others finished last academic year.

Carolyn Sharp (1994), Professor of Homiletics at Yale Divinity School, has two new books coming out in 2019: The Prophetic Literature, which is designed for pastors and students, and a commentary on Joshua, written to engage Native studies and designed especially for preachers.