Faculty News

Cook Moore, Carol. Guest Preacher for Ash Wednesday Service led by General Board of Church and Society, Methodist Building, Washington, DC

Supervised the writing of Worship Arts, March-April 2015, with Eileen Guenther. 

All contributors are members of the WTS community:
Students: Sarah Cobb, Andrew Davis, Justin Martin; Faculty: Carol Cook Moore, Eileen Guenther
Visual and written content were determined through collaborative team process, modeled after the team process of worship planning.

“What does the ordo have to do with transformation of the world?, Worship Arts, March-April 2015

“Re-traditioning the Four-Fold Pattern: Anchoring the Church’s movement forward” (co-authored with Sarah Cobb) 

Elgendy, Rick. "Principalities and Powers: The Structures of Human Life" and "Christian Political Participation," Two-week Adult Education series at Dumbarton UMC, March 1 and 8, 2015

Estes, James. Review of Using e-Books and e-Readers for Adult Learning: With a Focus on Adult Literacy by Sandie Gay and Tina Richardson. Available via Reflective Teaching (Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion) at http://www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/resources/article.aspx?id=29165

Guenther, Eileen. “Ten Reasons Why Music Maters: Why Worship needs It”. March-April 2015 volume of Worship Arts.

Review of Rivals or a Team?  Clergy-Musician Relationships in the 21st Century. The Choral Journal, journal of the American Choral Directors Association. March, 2015 issue.

ʺThe Power of Spirituals: In Their Own Wordsʺ Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church, Arlington, VA. February 28, 2015.

Mitchell, Beverly. delivered lecture, “John Brown, Black Abolitionists, and the Harpers Ferry Raid,” for the Institute of Retired Persons, at Wilson College, in Chambersburg, PA, on March 11.

Preached a sermon, “Grace:  Free, Yet Costly,” at Christ Crossman United Methodist Church, in Arlington, VA, on March 15.

Article published, “The Importance of Historical Inquiry for African-American Ministry,” in the American Baptist Quarterly, Resources for Black History, Vol. XXXII, Summer 2013, No. 2, pp. 137-147.  [Delayed publication.]

Powe, Doug. with Jasmine Rose Smothers, “Partnering for New Success”, Nonprofit Professional Performance Magazine. Vol. 2.1. March 2015.

Bush, Joseph.  Book Review.  Dynamic Diversity: Building Class, Age, Race And Gender In The Church by Bruce Milne (Downers Grove: IVP, 2007) for Reflective Practice 33 (2013).

Davis, Deryl has been invited to present a paper on the spiritual journey depicted in T. S. Eliot's major poetry from The Waste Land to Four Quartets at a conference on Religion and Literature at the University of Leicester, England in September. He is also appearing in a professional production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing with the Annapolis Shakespeare Company in August.

He also was assistant producer on the new public television film The ADVENTISTS 2, which looks at the role of faith in healthcare, and specifically at the Adventist Church's healthcare network in six developing countries around the globe.

Johnson, Cedric.  Appointed Co-Chair of the Society for Pastoral Theology's newly-formed Postcolonialism, Globalization and Pastoral Care Study Group.

Presented a paper at the inaugural meeting of the Postcolonialism, Globalization and Pastoral Care study group entitled “Globalization, Cultural Trauma and the Reconstruction of Diasporic African Identities.” Society for Pastoral Theology's annual conference. June 2013

Hardman-Cromwell, Youtha C. Served on Grant Review Panel for Healthcare Enrollment Personnel with Institute for Public Health Innovation. July 2013.

Mitchell, Beverly, published chapter, "'Why the Caged Bird Sings:  Faithfulness in Exile," in Zionism Through Christian Lenses, Ecumenical Perspectives on the Promised Land, ed. by Carole Monica Burnett, with a foreword by Naim S. Ateek.  Eugene, OR:  Pickwick Publishers, 2013, pp. 109-31.

Soulen, Kendall. Theologian in residence, Capital Area Clergy Fellowship, Estes Park, CO, July 27-August 3, 2013.

Dombkowski Hopkins, Denise.  Presented "Psalms on Life's Road," November 7, 14, 28. Floris United Methodist Church, Herndon, VA.

Guenther, Eileen. Gave a presentation on “Clergy-Musician Relations in the 21st Century,” sponsored by the Tulsa, OK Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, November 2, 2012; gave a presentation to the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists at  Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Vienna, VA, November 5, 2012; was a panelist on clergy-musician relations sponsored by the Washington, DC chapter of the American Guild of Organists at Virginia Theological Seminary,  November 13, 2012; gave an interview entitled "Are Ministers and Musicians Allies or Rivals," to Adelle Banks for the Religion News Service on her book "Rivals or a Team? Clergy- Musician Relationships in the Twenty-First Century."  The interview was reprinted in The Huffington Post, The Christian Century, The Washington Post, United Methodist Reporter, Religious  Herald, Presbyterian Church (USA) Reporter, Diocese of New York, as well as numerous  blogs and church news letters.

Hardman-Cromwell, Youtha. Served as retreat preacher and plenary speaker for the "Sister Rising! Turning Valley Lessons into Mountaintop Joy," women's retreat at Caraway Conference Center. She spoke on, "Be an Abigail" and "Ripples of Joy." Her plenary topic was, "Valley Times and Mountain Top Experiences: What Biblical Women Have to Tell Us." First Baptist Church Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC, November 9-11, 2012.

Kisker, Scott. “Martin Boehm, Philip William Otterbein, and The United Brethren In Christ”
Methodist and Pietist: Retrieving the Evangelical United Brethren Tradition. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2011. 19-36.

Mitchell, Beverly. Gave a presentation entitled, "The Emergence of the Anabaptist Movement and Anabaptist Successors in the United States," for the Institute of Retired Persons at Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA, October 24, 2012; delivered a lecture entitled, "Human Dignity as a Theo-Political Reality," at the Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS, November 2, 2012  in addition to teaching a mini-course in church history from the Beginnings of the Early Church to the 16th Century Reformation, November 3, 2012; gave a panel presentation entitled, "Teaching the Holocaust:  Challenges and Imperatives," at the Advanced Holocaust Studies Group Meeting at the annual American Academy of Religion meeting, Chicago, IL, November 18, 2012.

Ringe, Sharon. Was named Vice-Chairperson of the Committee of the Hispanic Summer School.

Sokolove, Deborah. “Art Across the Theological Curriculum.” ARTS: Arts in Religious and
Theological Studies 23, no. 3 (2012): 27–30; was invited to Advisory Committee on Doctor of Ministry Program in Christian Spirituality at Virginia Theological Seminary; was appointed to second term on Board of Directors of Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Education.


Birch, Bruce. “Reclaiming Prophetic Leadership.” Theologie für die Praxis. Vol 37, (2011) 5-21.

Bush, Joseph.  Book Review.  Introducing the Practice of Ministry by Kathleen A. Cahalan
(Collegeville MN, Liturgical Press, 2010) for The Heythrop Journal 53 (2012): 1076–1077.

Davis, Deryl presented a paper on "A Theological Interpretation of the Actor's Process: Hans Urs Von Balthasar, Peter Brook, and Jerzy Grotowski in Conversation" at the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts (ITIA) Conference at St. Andrews University in Scotland, August 2012. Over the summer, he filmed a documentary project on healthcare in the Adventist tradition in Haiti, Malawi, Taiwan, and the People's Republic of China.

Hogan, Lucy. “To Teach, Delight, and Move: Preaching and Rhetoric in a New Age of
Evangelism,” The John S. and Virginia Marten Lecture in Homiletics, October 2, 2012. Workshop, October 3, 2012, St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, IN; consultant, external reviewer for promotion, October 9-10, 2012, Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, TX.

Kapikian, Catherine. Full page feature article entitled “Martha’s Cross,” including numerous photographs, in “Lincoln Journal Star,” May 19, 2012, Lincoln, NE.

Guenther, Eileen. “The Power of Spirituals: A Program of Spirituals, Slave Narratives and
Commentary,” designed by Eileen Guenther and performed by her with Millicent Scarlett, soprano, and Robert Baker, tenor, at Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD, October 20, 2012.

Casey, Shaun. Reviewed The Republic of Grace, by Charles Mathewes in the current volume of
Interpretation; was interviewed by Barbara Bradley Haggerty of NPR on Religion and the Presidential Election, October 2, 2012, http://www.npr.org/2012/10/02/162080111/both-candidates-leave-god-off-the-campaign-trail; organized the Religion Newswriters Association Pre-conference at Wesley at Mt. Vernon Square, October 4, 2012; moderated panel discussion, "What Should the Boundaries Be for Reporters Covering Religion and Presidential Candidates?" Religion Newswriters Association Pre-Conference, October 4, 2012; was a guest lecturer, Religion and Public Policy class, Wake Forest Divinity School, October 19, 2012; taught "Christian Ethics in a Postmodern World" at Floris United Methodist Church, Herndon, VA; delivered lecture, "Religion in the 2012 Presidential Election," Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA, October 25, 2012; delivered lecture, "Religion and Presidential Election in Historical and Theological Perspective," Christ Church Episcopal, Alexandria, VA, October 28, 2012.

Weems, Lovett. Preached at Fairfax United Methodist Church, Fairfax, Virginia, October 14, 2012; was a plenary speaker for first meeting of the General Commission on Religion and Race of The United Methodist Church for the new quadrennium, Washington, DC, October 25, 2012. Topic was “Becoming Indispensable to the Church’s Future.”

Works, Carla. Guest Speaker. "Discerning the Body: Lessons from 1 Corinthians." Fairfax United
Methodist Church, Fairfax, VA, October 2, 9, and 16, 2012; "Philippians."  Women's Bible Commentary (3rd Edition).

Joseph Bush – Director, Practice of Ministry in Mission, wrote a book review of  Reclaiming Virtue: How We Can Develop The Moral Intelligence To Do The Right Thing At The Right Time For The Right Reason by John Bradshaw for Reflective Practice 32 (2012).

Shaun Casey – Professor of Christian Ethics, was a respondent to Gary Dorrien at the 40th Annual Faculties' Convocation of the Washington Theological Consortium at the John Leland Center on September 24, 2012; gave a Constitution Day lecture at Roberts Wesleyan College entitled, "The Constitution, History, and Politics," on September 20, 2012; gave a “Fridays at the Seminary” lecture at Virginia Theological Seminary entitled, "Religion, Culture, History, and the Election 2012," on September 21, 2012; and gave a lecture at American University on September 15, 2012 entitled, "Religion and the Presidential Election."

Denise Dombkowski Hopkins - Professor of Hebrew Bible and Woodrow W. and Mildred B. Miller Professor of Biblical Theology, gave a presentation at St. John's Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C. on September  19 entitled, "The Dead Sea Scrolls"; and published "Judith" in Women's Bible Commentary, 3rd ed., Westminster John Knox Press, 2012.

Jean Dudek – MTS graduate of Wesley, wrote a review of Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible by Robert Alter in Christian Century on November 30, 2010.

Bill Faupel - Director of the Library and Professor of the History of Christianity was invited to participate as a “Wesley Scholar” at Asbury Theological Seminary during the month of June 2012.

 Eileen Guenther - Associate Professor of Church Music and Director of the Summer Program, gave two presentations on "Music and Social Justice" at Mercersburg Academy on May 11, 2012; gave an

organ recital at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church on May 21, 2012; gave two segments of interviews for "At the Organ," a weekly internet show produced by Brent Johnson on May 22, 2012; was elected to a 3rd term as President of the American Guild of Organists; published her first book, Rivals or a Team? Clergy-Musician Relations in the 21st Century; and was a consultant to officials from the Chinese government on the organ project of the Pipe Organ Museum on Gulangyu Island, China on August 27, 2012.

Youtha Hardman-Cromwell - Assistant Dean for Mount Vernon Square and Professor of Practice in Ministry and Mission, represented the retiring class of 2012 by delivering a sermon at the Virginia Annual Conference.

Michael Koppel - Howard Chandler Robbins Professor of Pastoral Theology and Congregational Care and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs was a plenary speaker on the topic, “The Use of Self in Education and Care,” at the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting on September 24, 2012.

Beth Norcross – WTS graduate and adjunct faculty, wrote an article entitled, “Eye is on the Sparrow” for Sojourners Magazine, August 2012.

Amy  Oden - Professor of the History of Christianity, provided lectionary commentary on Mark 9:30-37, Mark 9:38-50, Proverbs 31:10-31, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22 for Workingpreacher.org, September 2012.

Sharon Ringe - Professor of New Testament, has been appointed an "Extraordinary Professor" by the faculty of the Discipline Group of Old and New Testament at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Lovett Weems - Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership and Director of the G. Douglass Lewis Center for Church Leadership, was the keynote speaker at the Quadrennial Training Event of the Western North Carolina Conference on July 14, 2012; was the keynote speaker at the Leadership Conference at the First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, CO, July 31-August 1, 2012; served as a consultant for the Southwest Texas and Rio Grande Conferences unification committee on September 17, 2012; was the keynote speaker for the National Fellowship of Associate Members and Local Pastors in Orlando, FL, September 19-20, 2012; led a Lewis Center “Funding Your Congregation’s Vision” conference sponsored by the Florida United Methodist Foundation at First United Methodist Church, Orlando, FL, September 22, 2012; and served as speaker and consultant for a consultation of all bishops, district superintendents, and extended cabinet members from the states of Texas and New Mexico, on September 25, 2012, at Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX.

Carla  Works - Assistant Professor in New Testament, served as Bible reflection leader on the topic, “The Gospel in a Broken World,” at Craigville Colloquy of the United Church of Christ, Craigville, MA on July 16-20, 2012; wrote a review of Temple Themes in Christian Worship, by Margaret Barker, in Scottish Journal of Theology  65; participated in the Wabash Workshop for Pre-Tenure Theology School Faculty 2012-13; provided commentary to workingpreacher.org on the following: “2 Cor 4:13--5:1 Second Sunday after Pentecost (Year B, June 10, 2012),” “2 Cor 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17 Third Sunday after Pentecost (Year B, June 17, 2012),” “2 Cor 6:1-13 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Year B, June 24, 2012),” “2 Cor 8:7-15 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Year B, July 1, 2012).”

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