Creaturely Theology

One of my passions is helping Christians to understand their creatureliness, and, beyond that, helping them to come to know and love our non-human neighbors as God does.

I am a certified Master Herpetologist through the Amphibian Foundation and a certified Southern Appalachian Naturalist through the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.

I have published a poem, “Patience,” at Macrina Magazine. I also blogged about the process of writing that poem at the Tremont Institute blog: “The Patience, Behind, and Before, ‘Patience’.”

In November 2021 I received a grant from the New Visions in Theological Anthropology (NViTA) project at St. Andrews University (funded by the John Templeton Foundation) to design a course in Science-Engaged Theology. That course, “Creaturely Theology,” blends field work surveying the flora and fauna of Johnson University’s Tennessee campus with theological reflection on plants and animals, naturalist skills and spiritual formation, and creation-care and stewardship. I taught it for the first time in Spring of 2023. Johnson University prepared a trailer for the course:

Chris Moon at The Christian Standard wrote an article about the course and its reception.

Amy Beth Miller, Education Reporter for the The Daily Times (Maryville, TN), interviewed me about my work on snakes and theology: “In Search of Snakes Near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.” It appeared on the front page of the December 29th, 2021 paper. I gave an update on the Tremont snake study mentioned in the newspaper article for the 2022 Community Science Report for Tremont (scroll down about 80% of the way to “Snake Population Surveys”).