Vital to the tradition, she says, is asking, “Is privilege or power substituting for recognition of God’s call to be radically open to something new? Critiques of sexism, of racism, of homophobia are generated then not by some secular external discourse, but by commitment to refuse idolatry, and the way that idolatry is always connected to injustice to the neighbor.”
Along with responsibilities for teaching, speaking and research, as well as completion of her new book (Places of Redemption: Theology for a Worldly Church, Oxford University Press, July 2007), McClintock Fulkerson has directed the new certificate program, served as an advisor to the divinity school Women’s Center and Sacred Worth, and organized a lecture series, “Framing the Family: Theological Visions for the 21st Century.”
The spring 2007 semester series invited the divinity community to reflect on what a faithful family should look like in the context of changing family structure in the United States, as well as in the context of biblical and ancient models. Guest speakers included scholars Carol Meyers and Elizabeth Clark of the Duke Religion Department, Joel Marcus of Duke Divinity School, Bonnie Miller-McLemore of Vanderbilt Divinity School, Eugene Rogers of UNC Greensboro, Esther Reed of St. Andrews University, U.K., and Katie Cannon of Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
As a woman of faith concerned with the future of the church and the faithful formation of students, McClintock Fulkerson hopes for the continued growth of the certificate program in Gender, Theology and Ministry. “The men who have been involved have been great,” she says, “but I hope more men will get the message that this is about them too.”
Her “wish list” for the program’s growth includes grant funding for course development, lectures and student opportunities, but also the continued and increased support of faculty in helping male and female students alike understand how issues of gender affect them.
Her journey may have brought McClintock Fulkerson a long way from the 1970s Campus Crusade for Christ, but her faithful passion abides.
Enuma Okoro D’03 is the former director of Duke Divinity School’s Center for Theological Writing. She currently works as a freelance writer and retreat leader.