FACULTY NEWS AND NOTES

Articles and Publications

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of doctrinal theology at Moravian Theological Seminary, published a book chapter, "Asian American Feminist Theology," in Liberation Theologies in the United States: An Introduction, edited by Anthony Pinn and Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas (New York:  New York University Press, 2010), 131-148.

Glenn H. Asquith, Jr., retired professor of pastoral theology at Moravian Theological Seminary, recently published a chapter entitled "Protestantism and Death Rituals" in Vol. 3 of Religion, Death, and Dying, edited by Lucy Bregman (Praeger Publishing). The three-volume work covers Perspectives on Death and Dying (Vol. 1), Special Issues (Vol. 2), and Bereavement and Death Rituals (Vol. 3). Dr. Asquith's chapter includes a discussion of the historic and contemporary Moravian practice of reading a lebenslauf (memoir or life story) at funeral services as an example of a Protestant ritual that assists mourners with their own grief process.

Dr. Asquith also published a response to Margaret Wilde’s article on "Restoring Forgiveness in Moravian Life and Worship" in The Hinge: International Theological Dialogue for the Moravian Church, 16:3 (Autumn, 2009), pp. 14-15.

Conferences and Presentations

On January 4, 2010, Dr. Asquith led a national training conference for American Baptist chaplains and pastoral counselors in Orlando, Fla.  Entitled "Called to Care, Called to Serve," the workshop assisted participants in renewing their sense of call to ministry using a lebenslauf format, and then reviewed the latest research on the clear connection between spiritual care and mental and physical health to highlight the importance of chaplaincy and pastoral counseling. 

Katie P. Desiderio, assistant professor of management, was a presenter at the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) International Research Conference in the Americas in February 2010. The two papers accepted to the conference proceedings included Predicting Temporary Employee's Organizational Commitment and Citizenship Behavior: The Role of Leader Behavior, which will be submitted for a 2010 publication in Human Resource Development Quarterly and When Job Aids Attack: On the Social History of Dubious Job Aids, which has been accepted for publication in June 2010 edition of Human Resource Development Quarterly.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, recently convened the Midwinter meeting of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) on the campus of Providence College in Providence, R.I. Dunn and seven members of STP's Executive Committee spent two days reviewing reports and doing long range planning for the largest organization dealing with teaching issues in psychology. Dunn is serving as President of STP in 2010.

Fatih Harpci, a Moravian Theological Seminary senior in the master of arts in theological studies program, presented his paper "Interfaith Dialogue Fosters Human Development: The Views of Fethullah Gülen" at the second annual Human Development Conference at the University of Notre Dame on February 26 and 27. The paper, which argues that interfaith dialogue is essential to human development, presents the ideas of Turkish Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen and the actions of the Gülen Movement. For more about his paper and the conference, follow this link.

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