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Faculty & Staff Notes

Chris Rice published chapters in two books released last fall: “Communities of Resurrection and the Transformation of Bodies,” in Mobilizing for the Common Good: The Lived Theology of John Perkins, edited by Peter Slade, Charles Marsh, and Peter Goodwin Heltzel (University Press of Mississippi), and “Cape Town 2010: Mission and Discipleship,” in Mission as Ministry of Reconciliation, edited by Robert Schreiter and Knud Jorgensen (Regnum International). In April he facilitated the Christian Forum for Reconciliation in Northeast Asia, a five-day institute in South Korea involving 50 Christian scholars, practitioners, and church leaders from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and the United States.

Beth Sheppard co-authored, with Portia Kapraun, “Interns and Volunteers: Finding and Deploying Free Labor,” in Time Organization for Librarians: Beating Budget and Staff Cuts, edited by Lisa Fraser, Jason Kuhl, and Carol Smallwood (Scarecrow Press). She also published an invited op-ed, “Primary-Level Education and the Making of Biblical Interpreters,” on The Bible and Interpretation website in January.

Eboni Marshall Turman published Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation: Black Bodies, the Black Church, and the Council of Chalcedon (Palgrave Macmillan) and “Black and Blue: Uncovering the Ecclesial Cover-Up of Black Women’s Bodies through a Womanist Reimagining of the Doctrine of the Incarnation,” in Reimagining with Christian Doctrines: Responding to Global Gender Injustices, edited by Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Jenny Daggers (Palgrave Macmillan). She delivered several conference papers: “Black and Blue” and “Teaching Anti-Sexism in the Black Church: Marshaling Womanist Resistance,” at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in November, and “Cultural Codings in Black Religious Thought,” at the Society for the Study of Black Religion Annual Meeting in April. She delivered the Martin Luther King Sermon, “Know Justice. Know Peace,” at High Point University on Jan. 19 and lectured Jan. 30 on “Womanist Theology and the Christian Church” for Duke University Women’s Center.

Ross Wagner published Reading the Sealed Book: Old Greek Isaiah and the Problem of Septuagint Hermeneutics (Mohr Siebeck; Baylor University Press) and “Is God the Father of Jews Only, or Also of Gentiles? The Peculiar Shape of Paul’s ‘Universalism,’” in The Divine Father: Religious and Philosophical Concepts of Divine Parenthood in Antiquity, edited by Felix Albrecht and Reinhard Feldmeier (Brill). He responded to reviews of his book at a Nov. 24 meeting of the International Organization of Septuagint and Cognate Studies in Baltimore, Md., and was a keynote speaker at “Paul and Judaism,” the Houston Baptist University Theology Conference, held March 19–20.

Laceye Warner published “American Methodist Women: Roles and Contributions,” in The Cambridge Companion to American Methodism, edited by Jason E. Vickers (Cambridge University Press). She presented on “Spreading Scriptural Holiness: Theology and Practices of Early Methodism for the Contemporary Church” for the Virginia Society for Wesleyan Studies, in Richmond, Va., on Oct. 7; gave the lecture “Living Church: Gospel Inspired Renewal” at Convocation & Pastors’ School on Oct. 15; and participated in “Witnessing Church: Methodism and Mission,” a conversation with Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and extended cabinet, at the North Carolina Annual Conference on Oct. 24. In November she co-taught “Our Mission from God: Evangelism” for Weekend Course of Study.

Norman Wirzba delivered three lectures on food, eating, and the life of faith at the Kalos Foundation in Tyler, Texas, in October. On March 20 he presented “The Grace of Good Food and the Spirituality of Eating” at Michigan State University, and on March 31 he spoke on food and faith at Virginia Theological Seminary. His essay “Food for Theologians” appeared in the October issue of Interpretation, and “Dramas of Love and Dirt: Soil and the Salvation of the World” appeared in the Lent issue of The Cresset. He was awarded a Luce Fellowship by the Association of Theological Schools and a Sabbatical Grant for Researchers by the Louisville Institute in Louisville, Ky. These grants will enable him to work on two book projects on “The Human Place in the Created World.”