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 Professor of Art and Worship. She received her B.A. and M.F.A. from California State University at Los Angeles; the M.T.S. from Wesley Theological Seminary; and the Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from Drew University. Before coming to Wesley as Artist-in-Residence in 1994, she taught art, design, and computer animation at the university level. She has contributed articles to ARTSImageCall to Worship, and Lectionary Homiletics; prayers for several Sundays in each volume of the Abingdon Worship Annuals since 2011; and for several books on religion and the arts as well as the “Art, Studio” entry in the 2013 edition of the Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions. Her paintings have been shown locally and nationally, and are represented in numerous collections. Two of her works may be seen 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.

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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.


  • 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              
  • “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

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