Deborah Sokolove
Director, Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion; Professor of Art and Worship

Deborah Sokolove is the Director of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion and teaches courses in art and worship. With a background in art education, computer graphics, and  Most of her courses and her writing focus on the intersection of the arts with theology, liturgy, and culture. In addition to her teaching and writing, she also maintains an active studio practice as a painter. Her paintings have been shown locally and nationally, and are represented in numerous collections including two works in Oxnam Chapel: a set of Stations of the Cross, and Sanctus, which was created as part of the chapel renovation. Sokolove is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the North American Academy of Liturgy, Christians in the Visual Arts, and is on the Board of Directors of the Society for Religious and Theological Studies. She is a Steward of Seekers Church, an intentional Christian congregation in the tradition of Church of the Saviour, where she serves on the worship planning group and frequently preaches and leads worship.

Contact Information

Courses Taught

  • Art As Worship, Worship As Art
  • Art for God's Sake: Art, Visual Culture And Christian Understanding
  • Making It Real: Art, Symbol, and Ritual
  • PMM: Practice in Ministry and Mission Colloquy
  • Picturing the Church: Two Millennia of Art and Architecture
  • Writing for Worship


  • California State University, B.A., M.F.A.
  • Wesley Theological Seminary, M.T.S.
  • Drew University, Ph.D.

Selected Publications


  • Calling on God: Inclusive Language Prayers for Three Years of Sundays, co-authored with Peter Bankson, Skylight Paths/Christian Journeys, 2014
  • Sanctifying Art: Inviting Conversation Between Artists, Theologians, and the Church, Wipf & Stock, 2013 
  • "Marking Time: Dressing the United Methodist Church for Worship 1982-2002", 2003, dissertation, Drew University

Essasy in Edited Volumes

  • "Art, Studio," Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions, A. Runehov & L. Oviedo (eds.s) Dordrecht: Springer, 2013             
  • “Art and Worship Speaking the Word” in Mary Hunt and Diann Neu, eds., New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views, Woodstock, Vt: SkyLight Paths Publishing, p 182- 189, 2010
  •  “Wholly Porcelain: Mimesis and Meaning in the Sculpture of Ginger Henry Geyer,” in Robin M. Jensen and Kimberly Vrudny, eds., Visual Theology: Forming and Transforming the Community through the Arts, Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, pp. 29 – 40, 2009
  • “Art in Theology-Land,” in Lucy Lind Hogan and D. William Faupel, eds., Strangers in a Strange Land: A Festschrift in Honor of Bruce C. Birch, Lexington, KY: Emeth Press, 137-144, 2009

Sokolove has also been a regular contributor to Liturgical Homiletics, Homily Service, ecumenical resources for preachers, since 1997; ARTS, the journal of the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, since 2007; and the Abingdon Worship Annual since 2011. Her essays on art, faith, and the artist's life have been published in The Art Journal, Images and Issues, Liturgy, and Faith at Work magazines.

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