Professor

Honors and Awards

Named Harrod-C.S. Lewis Professor of Religious Studies, Westminster College (January 1st, 2013)

Appointed Theologian-in-Residence, The Church of the Holy Cross, Hilo, Hawaii (June-July-August, 2013)

Selected as participant in the academic seminar, “The Complicity of the Churches in Nazi Germany,” at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. (June, 2012)

Appointed “Parish Associate:  Theologian in Residence,” at First Presbyterian Church, Jefferson City, Missouri. (June, 2011)

Selected as participant in the academic seminar, “Transforming Troubling Tellings:  The History of the Deicide Charge and the Holocaust,” at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. (June, 2011)

Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. Franklin College. (May, 2010)

Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award. Franklin College. (May, 2009)

American Theological Society, inductee. (April, 2009)

Sabbatical recipient. Franklin College. (fall, 2008)

Cambridge High School Alumni Distinguished Hall of Fame, inductee. (May, 2006)

Award for International Research. (2001)

Lilly Foundation Grant. (2001)

Theta Alpha Kappa. National Academic Honorary for Theology and Religious Studies, inductee and charter member. Franklin College. (1999)

Lilly Foundation Research Award. (1997)

Award for International Research. (1996)

Distinguished Service Award. Franklin College. (1995)

Chi Beta Phi. National Academic Honorary for Natural Sciences, inductee. Franklin College. (1995)

Louisville Institute Research Award. (1994)

Student Congress Distinguished College Service Award. Franklin College. (1993)

The National Association of College and University Chaplains, president. (1987-1988)

The Indiana Office of Campus Ministry, President of the Board. (1987-1992)

The Metropolitan Indianapolis Campus Ministries, President of the Board. (1984-1986)

The Alpha Society. Academic Honorary for Students and Faculty, inductee. Franklin College. (1982)

Faculty Development Awards. Westminster College. (2011)  Franklin College. (2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1997, 1995, 1994, 1992, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1986, 1984, 1983, 1982)

NCAA Division III College Coach of the Year. (1979)

Distinguished Service Award. The American Community Council. The Hague, The Netherlands. (1977)

Phi Sigma Tau. National Philosophy Honorary, inductee. Muskingum University. (1971)

Representative Courses Taught

Liberation Theology.  (A survey of current theologies of freedom—whether liberation from poverty and political oppression, sexism, racism, or planetary degradation)

Religion and Ecology. (A study of the relationship between world religions and ecological problems)

Religion, Values, and the Self. (A “philosophy of life” course for junior level college students)

Contemporary Christian Thought. (An exploration of recent and current theologians)

Environmental Studies.  (An interdisciplinary science course)

World Religions. (An examination of the major religious traditions in the world)

Introduction to Religion. (A study of various topics in the phenomenology of religion—such as arguments for the existence of the Divine, religious language, morality, revelation and reason, scripture, ritual, and theodicy)

Differences Among People. (An exploration of the relationship of religion to racism, exclusivism, and sexism)

Omega: A Discussion of Death and Dying. (An interdisciplinary approach to thanatology)

Science and Religion:  From Conflict to Conversation. (An interdisciplinary dialogue between these two fields)

The Hebrew Bible. (An investigation of the major theological themes and socio-political contexts of Jewish faith and history)

The Images of Jesus in the Gospels and in Culture. (A look at representations of Jesus in the four Gospels of the New Testament and in popular culture’s films and literature)

Introduction to the Bible.  (An overview and examination of the themes and existential questions in the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Testament)

Women in Religion. (An analysis of the way in which women are portrayed and treated in the Judeo-Christian scriptures, traditions, theologies, and histories)

Presentations

“Down to Earth Theology:  Reclaiming Our Responsibility for Creation and Embracing Biblical Stewardship,” at the “Memory, Identity, and Hope:  Intersections in Ecclesiology” conference of theologians, San Juan, Puerto, Rico (June 23, 2011)

“Embodiment,” a sermon presentation and photography exhibit at Olivet Christian Church, Columbia, Missouri (June, 2011)

Baccalaureate address at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky (May 23, 2010)

“Contemporary Challenges for Religion,” public address at Westminster College of Missouri (February 15th, 2010)

“Ecological Consciousness and Ecological Conscience: The Interface Between Science and Religion,” for the Fourth Annual Symposium on Environmental Science and Environmental Studies, the University of Wisconsin (October 8-11, 2009)

Imago Dei and Darwin,” for the Oxford Conference, “Religious Responses to Darwin,” on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species, St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, England (July 16, 2009)

Lecture on Thomas More’s Utopia for Honors Program at Arsenal High School, Indianapolis, Indiana (February, 2009)

“Engaging Conservative and Progressive Christian Students in Environmental Studies,” for the Third Annual Symposium on Environmental Science and Environmental Studies, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas (May, 2008)

“God is Green!: Christianity As If Matter Mattered,” convocation address at Franklin College (February 28, 2008)

“Contemporary Challenges for Christianity,” convocation address at Muskingum University (March 28, 2006)

Commencement address, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky (May, 2002)

Theological Discussion Facilitator for inter-religious, international group traveling in Central and Eastern Europe (June 21-July 8, 2002)

“Contemporary Christian Theology,” lecture series at Zhongshan University in The People’s Republic of China (April, 2002)

“The Greening of the Church,” lectures on Religion and Ecology, The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama (October 12-13, 2001)

Montevallo University, Ecology lectures, Montevallo, Alabama (October 1-2, 2001)

Imago Dei: Reflections on Theology and Human Nature,” Whitworth College Seminar on Human Nature (July, 2001)

“Science and Religion: Duel or Duet?,” Conference on Christianity and Global Concerns, Boston, Massachusetts (January, 2001)

“Religion and Zero Population Growth,” Conference of Buddhists and Christians, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand (December, 2000)

“Buddhists and Christians in Conversation Concerning Ecology,” Parliament of the World’s Religions, Capetown, South Africa (December, 1999)

Systematic Theology Curriculum for the Certified Lay Ministry Program, author, The American Baptist Churches of Indiana (1999)

Baccalaureate address, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky (May, 1999)

Lecturer, Carroll College, Waukesha, Wisconsin (April, 1999)

“Particularism, Pluralism, and Public Attitude Toward the Earth,” The Third International Conference on Contemporary

Theology, Bad Böll, Germany (August, 1998)

The Annual Fall Lectures, First Baptist Church, Cumberland, Indiana (October, 1997)

Inter-religious Environmental Consultation, presenter, Richmond, Virginia (February, 1994)

The Brown Endowed Lectures, lecturer, Randolph-Macon College, Virginia (spring, 1992)

The Annual Spring Lectures, lecturer, The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama (March, 1992)

The Summer Session of The Chautauqua Institute, speaker, Lake Chautauqua, New York (summer, 1991)

Organizer and leader of “Friendship Trips” for clergy and laity to the former Soviet Union (1990, 1988, 1987)

The Protestant and Catholic Delegation to Nicaragua, invited member (Summer, 1986)