I learned to walk underneath the Tennessee sunshine. I was raised in the heart of one of the cultural capitals of American evangelicalism. I always had a hunger to explore beyond the purview of what was right around me--wanting to understand God by experiencing the world and the people in it. That quest has taken me all over. I've been enriched by the opportunity to work, learn, and grow in a diverse array of contexts: the Balkans, Egypt, Uzbekistan, and rural New York State.
Areas of academic expertise include early Christian spirituality (especially asceticism), political and liberation theologies, mysticism, peace studies, Protestant-Catholic and Protestant-Orthodox dialogue, American Christianity, race and religion, and the history of Christian demonology. I have spoken internationally on matters of spirituality, theology, and justice and have also been a consultant on religion for a movie production company.
I love talking, thinking, and writing about faith, justice, politics, spirituality, and the occasional movie. I love to teach. I also love traveling every chance I find, cooking all sorts of foods, and trying to learn yoga. Musically, I soak up everything that a pretentious nerdy white boy should: Sufjan Stevens and Queen. I love gardening but kill most of what I touch.
My spouse Joelinda and I live in the Boston area. We enjoy opening our home for good food, good conversation, spiritual searching, and to all who hunger for justice, right, and wholeness in the world.
My favorite ice cream is chocolate chip cookie dough and my favorite movie is What's Up Doc (1979) with Barbara Streisand and Ryan O'Neal.