Nancy Lynne Westfield

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Nancy Lynne Westfield

Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Public Theology Initiative

Areas of expertise: African American women, creativity, faith education, faith and politics, imagination, public theology, mysticism, religion, spirituality, teaching, women

Nancy Lynne Westfield is a professor of religious education and director of the Public Theology Initiative. She regularly writes about teaching and learning for The Huffington Post and blogs for the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Lynne’s teaching and research are at the intersections of womanist studies, liberative pedagogy, mysticism, imagination and Black church studies. Her publications include Being Black, Teaching Black: Politics and Pedagogy in Religious Studies (editor), Black Church Studies: An Introduction (co-author) and Dear Sisters: A Womanist Practice of Hospitality, plus numerous articles and chapters. Lynne is working on her next book, Classroom as a Healing Space, and is a deacon in the United Methodist Church.

Laurel Kearns

Professor of Ecology, Society, and Religion

Areas of expertise: Animals, immigrants and religion, evangelicalism, the food movement, race and environmental justice, religion, religion and ecology, religion and science, religion and social movements, religious economic fossil-free divestment, religious environmentalism and anti-environmentalism, responses to climate change and air pollution, sociology of religion

Laurel Kearns is professor of sociology of religion and environmental studies, and has studied religious involvement in environmental movements since the mid 1980s. Her concern for environmental issues and climate change stems from growing up on a west coast Florida island. Her work has appeared in edited volumes and journals, and she has lectured widely. She is co-founder of the Green Seminary Initiative, which seeks to help theological education include ecological and environmental justice awareness in preparing tomorrow’s religious leaders.