Profile

Mary Elizabeth Moore

Professor of Theology and Education, Co-Director of the Center for Practical Theology, Dean Emerita of the School of Theology

Mary Elizabeth Moore is Professor of Theology and Education and Dean Emerita of the School of Theology, Boston University. Her passion is to journey with others to build compassionate and prophetic communities, and a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. She feels privileged to work toward those ends with colleagues in Boston University and around the world, especially in the practices of nurturing spirit, building justice, resisting violence, struggling against oppression, and caring for the earth. Her books include: Teaching as a Sacramental Act; Covenant and Call; Ministering with the Earth; Teaching from the Heart: Theology and Educational Method; Called to Serve: The United Methodist Diaconate (co-authored); and Education for Continuity and Change; plus four edited and co-edited volumes, Deep Understanding for Divisive Times: Essays Marking a Decade of the Journal of Interreligious Studies; A Living Tradition: Critical Recovery of the Wesleyan Heritage; Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World; and Practical Theology and Hermeneutics. She has engaged actively in justice work in the church and in intercultural, interreligious relationship-building in local, professional, and academic settings. She is presently working on a teaching project in interreligious leadership, alongside research projects to produce a book of poetry and meditations and a monograph on sacrality and revolution.

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Honors

  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, University of Judaism, May 1993
  • Alumna/us of the Year, Claremont School of Theology, 1998
  • Mildred Hutchinson Award, Social Justice Award of the Methodist
  • Federation for Social Action, California-Pacific Conference, UMC, June 1999
  • California-Pacific Christian Education Award, shared with Allen J. Moore, June 1999
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, University of Judaism, May 1993
  • Alumna/us of the Year, Claremont School of Theology, 1998
  • Mildred Hutchinson Award, Social Justice Award of the Methodist Federation for Social Action, California-Pacific Conference, June 1999
  • California-Pacific Christian Education Award, shared with Allen J. Moore, June 1999

Positions

Dean, and Professor of Theology and Education, Boston University School of Theology, January 2009-present.

Professor of Religion and Education—Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and Director of Women in Theology and Ministry Program, 1999-2008.

Professor of Theology and Religious Education – Claremont School of Theology, 1987-1999
Associate Professor, Claremont School of Theology, 1984-1987
Assistant Professor, Claremont School of Theology, 1981-1984
Instructor, Claremont School of Theology, 1979-1981
Visiting Instructor, Claremont School of Theology, 1977-1979

Education Assistant with Youth, Trinity United Methodist Church, El Paso, TX, 1973-1975

Researcher and tutor: reading research and statistics tutoring, University of Texas at El Paso, 1969-1970

Visiting Lecturer: writing and teaching introductory course, Correspondence Div., Southern Methodist University, 1968-1969

Researcher, “Discrimination of Recency in Children,” 1968-1969

Instructor, introductory psychology courses, 1967-1968

Co-author, teacher’s manual for introductory psychology text—Sartain, North, Strange & Chapman (1967).

Visiting Professor

Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey

Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts

Vancouver School of Theology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Visiting Scholar

Kings College, London; University of Melbourne, Australia; Trinity College, New Zealand; Oxford University; University of Cambridge

Faculty Types
Faculty and Methodist Faculty