Here at WIT we are very excited to announce the addition of four new regular contributors to the blog! We received applications from women around the world who are doing wonderful things in a variety of areas of theology. Unfortunately, we were not able to accept everyone at once, but definitely follow our blog for notifications for future calls for contributors.

Starting in March, we are adding Emma CW Ceruti, Katie Humphrey, Carolyn Mackie, and Shelli M. Poe as new regular contributors.

We will also be welcoming another new guest poster, Emily Wright, so keep your eye out for posts from her. She will be introduced as part of her first post as a guest poster.

Join us in welcoming our new WIT bloggers!

Emma CW Ceruti received her MA in Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York in 2016. Under the supervision of Professor James Cone, she examined theological anthropology from the perspective of disability within her MA thesis entitled “A Discourse on imago Dei and Intellectual Disability.” She is now working on a PhD in Theological Studies at Emmanuel College within the Toronto School of Theology. Currently in the proposal stage, her doctoral thesis entitled, “Doing and Undoing Disability Theology: A Mystical-Liberative Approach to the Cross,” argues for a mutual reinterpretation of disability and the cross, one which reveals the salvific paradox of Christ as God suffering with us and God suffering for us. This mutual reinterpretation involves a dialectical interplay where the correlates of disability and the cross offer new understandings of suffering and salvation. Furthermore, this mutual reinterpretation acts as a mediating project between a typology of various models of Jesus Christ and bridges the gap between a wide spectrum of atonement theories. Drawing from various fields including queer-crip theory, critical disability studies, feminist philosophy, and Indigenous studies, this research project hopes to expand the conversation within the field of disability theology in intersectional ways by questioning the creation of value and meaning making. In addition to her studies, Emma is an administrative assistant at the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre and a Resident Advisor at Student Family Housing. Outside the busy world of academics, Emma enjoys spending time with her dog Lucy, listening to live jazz, writing poetry and children’s stories, and exploring new cities.

Katie Humphrey is currently studying for a PhD in Theology at the University of Roehampton with Tina Beattie and Clare Watkins as her supervisors. Her masters and undergraduate Theology degrees are from Hull University. Her area of interest is specifically around Catholic Theology and Catholic Women’s lived experience. Her work includes looking at how Pope Francis interacts with women and how he talks about their roles within the church and does/does not open up opportunities for greater involvement of women within the church and Catholic theology. She is also actively involved with Catholic Women Speak which is a global online Network of Catholic Women and creates a space for dialogue about faith, family, theology and any activities of the group members around the world. Catholic Women Speak have published two books and continue to provide a safe space for Catholic women to network and communicate. She is passionate about the need for women’s voices in the Catholic Church and believes that women’s experiences and insights are vital contributions to all areas of Theology. Katie is also a new mum and loves to spend time with her son and husband. She loves cooking as well as eating and is in heaven in the kitchen trying new flavors and recipes. She also loves to walk and swim, which helps with the above!

Carolyn Mackie is a PhD student in theology at Wycliffe College, a member college of the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto. Previously, she completed an MA in philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies, also in Toronto. Her interests in philosophy and theology come together in her research on Søren Kierkegaard, a thinker who crosses both fields of study. She focuses her research on the intersection of Incarnation, time, and human selfhood in Kierkegaard’s thought. Carolyn loves digging into questions of what shapes the philosophies and theologies that we hold and examining undergirding assumptions that sometimes go unnoticed. Carolyn grew up in an evangelical Baptist church, began attending an Anglican church when she was a sophomore in college, and officially joined the Anglican communion in 2015. She currently lives in Toronto, but part of her heart will always be in the Canadian Rockies, where she grew up. Carolyn’s other interests include knitting, playing Dungeons and Dragons, writing poetry, trying to find ways to fight climate change, and wishing she had a puppy.

Shelli M. Poe is assistant professor of Religious Studies at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and Theologian in Residence at Safe Harbor United Church of Christ in Clinton, Mississippi. She earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (in the area of Theology, Ethics, and Culture) from the University of Virginia, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies as well as Philosophy from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is interested in 19th through 21st century Christian theology, particularly in Reformed Protestantism and constructive theologies. Her monograph, Essential Trinitarianism: Schleiermacher as Trinitarian Theologian (Explorations in Reformed Theology; Bloomsbury, 2017), offers a historical and constructive interpretation of Schleiermacher’s mature theology in his Christian Faith (1830/31). In her edited book, Schleiermacher and Sustainability (Columbia Series in Reformed Theology; Westminster John Knox, 2018), she brought together top Schleiermacher scholars to address how Schleiermacher’s thought could engage with efforts toward climate justice. She also co-edited The Key to the Door (University of Virginia, 2017), a volume that records the counter-histories of early African American students at the University of Virginia. Her newest monograph, The Constructive Promise of Schleiermacher’s Theology (Rethinking Theologies Series, Bloomsbury, forthcoming), analyzes the intersection of Schleiermacher’s thought and contemporary constructive theologies. She is currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Schleiermacher, and is also conducting research for a project in ethnographic theology that focuses on the theological imaginations of vulnerable populations in the Deep South. She has written a number of journal articles and invited book chapters. Shelli is also an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She has served Pilgrim Congregational Church in Warren, NJ; Sojourners United Church of Christ in Charlottesville, VA; and Safe Harbor United Church of Christ in Clinton, MS. She appreciates bringing the academic and the ecclesial together to enrich one another. In addition, Shelli enjoys Olympic-style weightlifting, motorcycling, and spending time with her family, especially in green spaces.

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