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Pre-Orientation Workshop


Thinking Theologically Workshop

Wednesday, August 20 | 3:30pm | Wingate Hall, Room 202

Reading and examining an article selected by the faculty facilitators, students will reflect on their own theological understandings, sources, and methods.  In conversation with others, students will look deeper into their theological roots and how theology is framed in relationship to major issues and vocation. Faculty facilitators will provide a brief overview and lead a discussion about what it means to think theologically. 

Required Workshop Reading

Click here to access the article, “Racism and the Vocation of the Theologian”; you will need to enter your WFU username and password to access the article.


Faculty Facilitators:

Derek S. Hicks | Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture

BA, Grambling State University; MA, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, Rice University



Derek Hicks teaches and researches broadly in the areas of African American religion, religion in North America, race, the body, religion and foodways, theory and method in the study of religion, Black and Womanist theologies, and cultural studies. He is the author of the bookReclaiming Spirit in the Black Faith Tradition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). He is currently working on a second monograph entitled Feeding Flesh and Spirit: Religion, Food, and the Saga of Race in Black America(under review with UNC Press). In addition, he served as assistant editor of the volume entitled African American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO Press). He also contributed chapters for the books Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions by sociologists Dr. Michael Emerson and Dr. Jason Shelton (New York University Press, 2012) and to the edited volume Religion, Food, and Eating in North America (Columbia University Press, 2014). In support of his scholarship, Hicks has been awarded fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, the Fund for Theological Education, the Louisville Institute, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Wabash Center.

Michelle Voss Roberts | Associate Professor of Theology

BA, Calvin College; MTS, Candler School of Theology; PhD, Emory



Dr. Voss Roberts teaches in the fields of systematic, comparative, and feminist theologies. She is the author of two books and over a dozen peer-reviewed articles. Her first book, Dualities: A Theology of Difference(Westminster John Knox, 2010), received the award for the Best Book in Hindu-Christian Studies (2008-2011). In her new book, Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion (Fordham University Press, 2014), she explores the role of the emotions in religious experience through the lens of Indian aesthetic theories. Dr. Voss Roberts currently serves as Secretary for the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies and is past co-chair of the Comparative Theology Group of the American Academy of Religion.