ECF Fellows News: Fall 2015

December 3, 2015

Claude Barbre (1995) has been nominated for an international Gradiva Award in the Best Article Category for his book chapter, “Django Unchanged: Identifications with the Oppressor and Intergenerational Cycles of Traumatic Hauntings and Reenactment” in Fragments of Trauma and the Social Production of Suffering: Trauma, History, and Memory,edited by Michael O’Loughlin and Marilyn Charles (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014). The National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) established the Gradiva Awards to honor “valuable allies in the arts,” including writers, artists, directors, and publishers, who have created works that advance psychoanalysis and the humanities. In addition, Claude presented two papers at the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS) annual conference this past October. The first paper he presented was “Tears in the Collective Psyche: The Cultural Causes of Illness” introduced a panel entitled, “Under the Evening Land: Traumatic Imprints in Intercultural Contexts,” and his second paper was “The Commodification of Being and the Neoliberal Mindset: A Winnicottian Analysis” was presented as part of a panel entitled, “Winnicott for a New Day: The Theoretical and Clinical Contributions of D.W. Winnicott in Socio-Cultural, Potential, and Intermediate Space.” He also chaired a panel entitled, “Racial Boundaries” at the APCS conference. Further, Claude has a book chapter in press entitled “The Contrapuntal Play of Paradox: Likeness and Difference in the Theories of Otto Rank” in Alike/Different: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Navigating the Divide, edited by B. Willock, L.C. Bohm, and R.C. Curtis (Routledge Press, 2015). Also, his book chapter, “The Wages of Dying: Catastrophe Transformed” is reprinted in the second edition of Human Development and Faith: Life-Cycle Stages of Body, Mind, and Soul, edited by Felicity B. Kelcourse (Chalice Press, 2015). Claude is Professor of Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago IL., and Board Member and Training Supervisor at The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis.

Nicholas Beasley (2003) has been rector of Church of the Resurrection in Greenwood, in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, since 2007. Resurrection recently completed a substantial building project and has renewed its ministries in its downtown neighborhood. Nicholas is also the author of Christian Ritual and the Creation of British Slave Societies, 1650-1780 (University of Georgia Press, 2010). The book focuses on the plantation societies of Barbados, Jamaica, and South Carolina and show how, “the tradition of liturgical worship in these places was more vibrant and more deeply rooted in European Christianity than previously thought.”

Bruce Chilton (1974) presented to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee for the fiftieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate. Entitled "Jewish Mysticism, Nostra Aetate, and Renewal," the lecture developed themes from his book, Rabbi Jesus (Doubleday, 2002) and was delivered at the Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun. He also represented Marquette University at the Haggerty Museum of Art, using the museum’s collection of Chagall's illustrations of the Bible for a presentation entitled "Poisoned Virtue: Child Sacrifice." The lecture and related seminar were based on Abraham's Curse(Doubleday, 2008). His most recent book Christianity: The Basics (Routledge, 2014) provides, “a compelling introduction to both the central pillars of the Christian faith and the rich and varied history of this most global of global religions.” Bruce is the Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion at Bard College in New York.

Pamela Cooper-White (1995) has chapters in two newly published anthologies: "Haunted Histories: A Cultural Study of the Gettysburg Ghost Trade" in Gettysburg: The Quest for Meaning, ed. Gerald Christianson, Barbara Franco and Leonard Hummel (Seminary Ridge Press, 2015), and "Human Development in Relational and Cultural Context" in Human Development and Faith: Life-Cycle Stages of Body, Mind, and Soul, 2nd ed., ed. Felicity B. Kelcourse (Chalice Press, 2015). She also presented papers at two recent conferences: “Recognizing the Other: Intersubjectivity and Justice,” at the International Conference on Intercultural Spiritual Care and Counseling: Pastoral and Spiritual Care across Disciplines held at the Universität Bern in Switzerland in June; and “Multiplicity, Intersubjectivity, and Recognizing the Other: Empathy as a Bridge to Justice,” as well as participating on a film panel on "Descending with Angels: A film about Jinn Possession, Islamic Healing, and Psychiatry in Denmark," with director Christian Suhr, at the biennial Psychology and the Other Conference, Cambridge, Massachusetts in October. She was also the Convocation Speaker for Union Theological Seminary in September, and appeared in a public debate on November 4 at the Seminary on "Evolution and Original Sin" with Yale psychologist Paul Bloom and Union Seminary President and theologian Serene Jones. Pamela is the Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY.

Timothy Dobe’s (2002) new book, Hindu Christian Faqir: Modern Monks, Global Christianity, and Indian Sainthood (Oxford University Press, 2015) was published in October. In the book, he writes of the lives of modern Indian ascetics Sundar Singh and Rama Tirtha and, “offers a window on the surprising reversals and potentials of Indian ascetic ‘sainthood’ in the colonial contact zone.” Timothy is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. His research focuses on South Asian religions, especially Hinduism and Christianity, asceticism, sainthood, comparison, colonialism, and performance.

Joseph Duggan (2008) initiated, developed, and co-led a five day Scholarly Writing and Publishing workshop for Majority World (Global South) scholar-authors at St. Paul's University (Anglican) in Limuru, Kenya in August. Among the workshop faculty leadership team was Dr. Esther Mombo, Director of International Partnerships at St. Paul's and the Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga, Chair of the Anglican Consultative Council and Visiting Professor at the University of the South. Joseph's new press, Borderless Press is working with ten Majority World scholars from the August workshop to publish their first book in late 2016 or early 2017. Borderless Press is a project of Postcolonial Networks, which Joseph was also a founder, is a form of knowledge activism that seeks to listen to voices once silenced by prioritizing the publication of Majority World scholars whose scholarship has often faced systemic biases in mainstream academic publishing. Joseph is also Priest-in-Charge of St. Francis’ Episcopal Church in Fair Oaks, California.

Nancy Frausto (2013) participated in the Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries (EAM) Consultation held in Seoul, Korea this past October. This event included the 125th Anniversary Celebration of the Anglican Church of Korea. She was part of the clergy team for the Japanese Convocation of EAM that met in Tokyo, Japan following the EAM Consultation. This past fall, she was also part of the delegation from Los Angeles for the Parliament of the World’s Religions that was held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Nancy serves as priest-in-charge of Trinity Church and Assistant at St. Mary's (Mariposa), both in Los Angeles, California.

Christoph Keller (2003)has been selected as the new Dean and Rector of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock, Arkansas. Christoph will end his interim status at the Cathedral and become standing Dean effective Sunday, November 29, 2015. An installation service will take place in the afternoon on Sunday, December 6. In addition to his ministry at Trinity, Christoph is Lecturer in Theology and Debate and Senior Fellow of The Beecken Center at Sewanee.

Bob Leopold (2015) has been busy in his first year as an ECF Fellow serving and being served by those experiencing hunger and homelessness in the collection of neighborhoods in the southern part of Chattanooga, Tennessee, through the ministries of Southside Abbey. Recent projects include Mission Field Trips (#missionfieldtrip) that brings other church leaders to Chattanooga to experience Southside Abbey and reciprocally take area leaders from the Diocese of East Tennessee and Sewanee to other parts of the Episcopal Church in an effort to develop missional leaders. Bob is also working to build partnerships with local Episcopal and Lutheran congregations to more strategically and assertively address ministry on the campuses of their congregations, the streets around them, and in parts of the community that might otherwise go unnoticed. This is the third year of Southside Abbey as a worshipping community and liturgy lab, which means that a whole three-year Lectionary Cycle's worth of liturgies developed at Southside Abbey are freely available for anyone who might wish to use them. Bob is missioner at Southside Abbey, a non-traditional worshipping community in the Episcopal tradition.

Robert MacSwain (2004) received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Theology at the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. His article “‘A Generous God’: The Sacramental Vision of David Brown,” was published in International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, Volume 15, Issue 2, 2015 (pages 139-50). His co-edited volume The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis (Cambridge University Press, 2010) has now been published in a Brazilian edition as C.S. Lewis - Além do Universo Mágico de Nárnia (Martins Fontes, 2015). In October he led a clergy conference on sacramental theology and popular culture for the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. In addition to teaching courses in systematic theology and Christian ethics, Robert continues to serve as one of the priest associates at the University of the South’s All Saints’ Chapel.

William Petersen (1970) completed his second ministry, first having been interim rector and later interim associate rector, at St Paul's, Rochester, NY this past August. He also participated in the biennial week-long gathering of the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation (IALC) held in Montreal in early August. Bill reports that the IALC is currently focused on the process and rites of reconciliation, corporate and individual. In mid-month he delivered a paper "Advent: Premiere and Perpetual Season of Formation" at the biennial meeting of Societas Liturgica, the international and ecumenical academy of liturgiologists, in Quebec City, which was followed by a meeting of the English Language Liturgical Consultation on which he represents the Consultation on Common Texts. The last weekend in September Bill participated in the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Ecumenists (of which he is a past president) in Niagara Falls, ON. Bill is Emeritus Dean and Professor of Ecclesiastical and Ecumenical History of Bexley Hall Seminary, Consultant to the Ecumenical Office of the Episcopal Church, and the founder and convener of The Advent Project.

C. K. Robertson (1998) has been named by the new Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, to a new position as Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Beyond The Episcopal Church. In this role, Chuck will be responsible for supporting the ministry of the Presiding Bishop among those who are not members of The Episcopal Church. Click here to read more. This past October, Chuck also led a two-week pilgrimage "In the Footsteps of Paul" with Educational Opportunities, in conjunction with his new book "Barnabas vs. Paul."

Philip Turner’s (1971) latest book Christian Ethics and the Church: Ecclesial Foundations for Moral Thought and Practice (Baker Academic, 2015) was published this past October. The book, “introduces Christian ethics from a theological perspective, spelling out the implications of moral theology for the common life of the church.” Philip is the former Dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and currently serves as Vice President of the Anglican Communion Institute.

Joseph Wolyniak (2012) was appointed a Missioner for Discipleship & Theological Education in the Episcopal Church of Colorado's Office of Faith Formation, where he is developing diocesan networks for lifelong faith formation and teaching in the Anglican Studies program at Iliff School of Theology. Joseph is a DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford and postulant for the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. He and his partner, the Rev. Liz Costello, welcomed their first child, Evelyn Thérèse, this past October.

Malcolm Young (1999) was installed as the Ninth Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California on September 27. During the morning service, he received a cope symbolizing his new position and was ceremonially installed as dean by the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of California. The events that day included a festive procession, an outdoor lunch on the plaza of the Cathedral grounds, and a celebratory Evensong later in the afternoon. See photos of the day’s events at this link and articles here and here. Malcolm succeeds ECF Fellow (1991) Jane Shaw, who became Professor and Dean of Religious Life at Stanford University.