Rebekah Miles

Susanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology and Ethics Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor





Ph.D., The Divinity School, University of Chicago, 1995; M.Div., Iliff School of Theology, 1988; B.A., Hendrix College, 1982

Teaching Specialties

Christian ethics and theology; United Methodist doctrine; spiritual autobiography

Research Interests

Christian ethics and theology; practical theology; Methodist studies; political ethics; Christian realism; feminist and women's studies

Selected Publications

:: The Future of Christian Realism: International Conflict, Political Decay, and the Crisis of Democracy, co-edited with Dallas Gingles and Josh Mauldin (Lanham: Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield, 2023).

:: The Routledge Companion to Christian Ethics, co-edited with Steve Long (London: Routledge Press, 2022).

:: When the One You Love is Gone (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2012).

:: Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics. Gen. ed. Joel B. Green, associate ed. Rebekah Miles, Allen Verhey and Jacqueline Lapsley (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011).

:: Georgia Harkness: The Remaking of a Liberal Theologian, Collected Essays from 1929–1942 (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2010).

:: The Bonds of Freedom: Feminist Theology and Christian Realism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000).

:: The Pastor as Moral Guide (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1999).

:: Wesley and the Quadrilateral: Renewing the Conversation, co-author with Steven Gunter et. al. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997).

Professional Distinctions

Ordained elder, The United Methodist Church, Mountain Sky Annual Conference; Tom Tunks Distinguished University Citizen Award, SMU, 2023; Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Award, SMU, 2021; Odyssey Medal for Research, Hendrix College, 2019; Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology, 2004; Christian Faith and Life Sabbatical Grant, The Louisville Institute, 2004 (declined); Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship, SMU, 2003; Christian Faith and Life Sabbatical Grant, The Louisville Institute (with The Lilly Endowment), 1999-2000; member, Board of Directors, The Methodist Review, 2021 - ; President, Reinhold Niebuhr Society, 2017-22; member, Steering Committee of the Wesley Studies Group, 2004-2010; member, Editorial Advisory Board, Kingswood Books, Abingdon Press, 1997-2006; member, Society of Christian Ethics, 1989-23 (serving on SCE International Scholarly Relations Committee, 2022-24, Presidential Committee on Charting our Future, 2018, Nominating Committee, 2012–13, Professional Conduct Committee 2002–10, and Board of Directors, 1999-03.)

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