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Elizabeth Walker joins board of new journal on childhood and religion

by Louisville Seminary | Feb 09, 2010
Louisville Seminary Professor Elizabeth Johnson Walker has been named to the editorial board of a new online journal with an interdisciplinary focus on issues of childhood development and religion, entitled the Journal of Childhood and Religion.

The journal, which is being published by Sopher Pres, is available at www.childhoodandreligion.com/JCR, will host news articles about children and religion, as well as a guide to the best resources available on the topic.

“Children’s religion is a vital topic for society and the future of the church. The Journal of Childhood and Religion provides the first attempt to study these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, bringing together Christian educators, Bible scholars, theologians, social workers, youth ministry experts, historians, pastoral theologians, psychologists, sociologists, and community organizers. With so many angles of vision on the questions of children, youth, and religion, JCR promises to increase our understanding of how children learn, develop, and express faith,” stated a news release announcing the new journal.

Noted scholar Dr. Allan Hugh Cole Jr., Nancy Taylor Williamson Associate Professor of Pastoral Care at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas, will serve as the journal’s editor. Cole is the author of several books and a co-author of Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys.

Walker, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Louisville Seminary since 2006, is one of four faculty who comprise the Seminary’s Marriage and Family Therapy program, which has been named one of the top accredited, seminary-based programs in the nation by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). A member of the United Methodist Church, she has also served as a pastor in Alabama churches as is the first African American woman to be ordained and hold membership in the Alabama West Florida Conference.

Elizabeth Johnson Walker earned a Bachelor of Science in Religion and Philosophy from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., and the Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. She earned her doctorate in theology from Gammon Theological Seminary and the ITC, where she completed her dissertation on “A Model of Pastoral Counseling with African American Women.” Some of her published articles include “Counseling African American Youth” in the Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center (2003), “Counseling African American Women” in the Journal of Pastoral Counseling (2001) and the Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center (2004), and “Called to Parent: Parenting as Vocation and Gift” in Working With Black Youth: The New Generation, edited by Dr. Ann Streaty Wimberly (Abingdon Press, 2005).

Also named to the new editorial Board were: Marcia Bunge (Valparaiso University), Elizabeth Caldwell (McCormick Theological Seminary), Pamela Couture (Saint Paul School of Theology), Jeanette Davidson (University of Oklahoma), Kathy Dawson (Columbia Theological Seminary), Robert Dykstra (Princeton Theological Seminary), Gregory Ellison (Candler School of Theology), Rowena Fong (University of Texas), Cynthia Franklin (University of Texas), José Irizarry (Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico), David Jensen (Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary), Laurel Koepf (Union Theological Seminary), Daisy Machado (Union Theological Seminary), Veronice Miles (Wake Forest University), Bonnie Miller-McLemore (Vanderbilt Divinity School), Mary Clark Moschella (Wesley Theological Seminary), Julie Faith Parker (Yale University), Barbara Pitkin (Stanford University), Don Richter (Valparaiso Institute), Luther Smith (Candler School of Theology), Mai-Anh Le Tran (Eden Theological Seminary), John Wall (Rutgers University), Michael Waschevski (First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth, Texas), David White (Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary), and Almeda Wright (Pfeiffer University).

Sopher Press publishes religious scholarship, assembling the best voices and insights from established and new scholars, promoting interdisciplinary and innovative investigation, and embracing new technologies of dissemination and empowerment. Learn more about Sopher Press at www.sopherpress.com.

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