List of Publications

Books

The Practice of Mission in Global Methodism: Emerging Trends from Everywhere to Everywhere. Routledge Methodist Studies Series. Co-edited with David W. Scott. New York: Routledge, forthcoming April 2021.

Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom: Living into the Church’s Moral Witness through Radical Discipleship. New York: United Methodist Women, 2020.

Liberating the Politics of Jesus: Renewing Peace Theology through the Wisdom of Women. Studies in Anabaptist Theology and Ethics. Co-edited with Elizabeth Soto Albrecht. New York: Bloomsbury / T&T Clark, 2020.

Reenvisioning Christian Ethics. Print edition of the special issue published in Religions. Basel: MDPI, 2020. https://doi.org/10.3390/books978-3-03928-395-8.

Teaching Sexuality and Religion in Higher Education: Embodied Learning, Trauma Sensitive Pedagogy, and Perspective Transformation. Routledge Research in Religion and Education. Co-edited with Kate Ott. New York: Routledge, 2020.

Out of Exodus: A Journey of Open and Affirming Ministry, with Michael I. Alleman, Andrea Brown, Ruth A. Daugherty, and Mary Merriman. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2018.

Methodist Morals: Social Principles in the Public Church’s Witness. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2016.

Professional Sexual Ethics: A Holistic Ministry Approach. Co-edited with Patricia Beattie Jung. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Trauma-Informed Pedagogy for the Religious and Theological Higher Education Classroom.” Special issue Reflecting on the Possibilities of Religious Education Research. Religions 11, no. 9 (Sept 2020): 449. doi:10.3390/rel11090449.

“Healing Congregations: A Corrective to the Metrics of Congregational Vitality,” Witness: The Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education 34 (September 2020).

A Widening Stream: Comparing and Contrasting United Methodism’s 1968 and 2008 Mergers,” Methodist History 58:3 (April 2020): 165–76.

“From Environmental Stewardship to Environmental Holiness: The Evolution of Methodist Environmental Witness, with a Focus on Climate Change,” Journal of Religious Ethics 47:3 (September 2019): 470–500, https://doi.org/10.1111/jore.12281.

“Prospects for Ecumenical Ethical Witness: Confronting Climate Degradation,” co-authored with Christian Iosso and Roger A. Willer. Ecumenical Review 70:4 (Dec 2018): 772–87. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/erev.12400

“A Charismatic Learning: Open and Affirming Ministry in a Methodist Congregation,” International Journal of Practical Theology 22:2 (2018): 193–210. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijpt-2017-0014

“Teaching about Teaching Sexuality and Religion,” Teaching Theology & Religion 20:2 (April 2017): 189–99. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/teth.12386

“Embodied Learning: Teaching Sexuality and Religion to a Changing Student Body,” co-authored with Kate Ott, Teaching Theology & Religion 20:2 (April 2017): 106–16. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/teth.12373

“Getting a Sense of the Room When Discussing Sexuality,” Teaching Theology & Religion 20:2 (April 2017): 152. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/teth.12381

“A Cross-Cultural Dialogue of Social Principles,” Methodist History 54:2 (Jan 2016): 102–16. URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10516/9825

“A Comprehensive, Holistic, and Integrated Approach to Professional Sexual Ethics in Theological Education,” co-authored with Patricia Beattie Jung. Theological Education 50:1 (2015): 53–68.

A Deacon’s Eye for Healing Congregations,” Currents in Theology and Mission 42:3 (July 2015): 213–19.

“Teaching Professional Sexual Ethics Across the Seminary Curriculum,” Religious Education 108:2 (2013): 193–209. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00344087.2013.767708

Moral Exemplar or Ethical Professional? Clergy and Sexual Sin in Methodist Church Law,” Methodist Review 3 (2011): 55–99. www.methodistreview.org

“‘Sex and the Church’: Sexuality, Misconduct, and Education in Methodism,” American Journal of Sexuality Education 6:1 (2011): 32–43. DOI: 10.1080/15546128.2011.547359

“Face of Unity or Mask over Difference? The Social Principles in the Central Conferences of The United Methodist Church” Thinking About Religion 5 (2005). http://organizations.uncfsu.edu/ncrsa/journal/v05/stephens_face.htm

Book Chapters and Invited Contributions

“Reenvisioning Christian Ethics: An Introduction and Invitation.” In Religions 2020, 11(2), 74; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11020074.

“The Integrative Challenge of Professional Sexual Ethics in Theological Education.” Co-authored with Patricia Beattie Jung. In Teaching Sexuality and Religion in Higher Education: Embodied Learning, Trauma Sensitive Pedagogy, and Perspective Transformation. Routledge Research in Religion and Education series. Co-edited with Kate Ott. New York: Routledge, 2020.

“Faculty Workshop on Teaching Sexuality and Religion.” In Teaching Sexuality and Religion in Higher Education: Embodied Learning, Trauma Sensitive Pedagogy, and Perspective Transformation. Routledge Research in Religion and Education series. Co-edited with Kate Ott. New York: Routledge, 2020.

“Introduction.” In Liberating the Politics of Jesus: Renewing Peace Theology through the Wisdom of Women, Studies in Anabaptist Theology and Ethics. Edited by Elizabeth Soto Albrecht and Darryl W. Stephens. New York: T&T Clark, forthcoming 2020.

“Sexuality.” In Historical Dictionary of Methodism, 3rd ed. Edited by Charles Yrigoyen Jr. and Susan E. Warrick, 328–9. Scarecrow Press, 2013.

“The Sacred Trust of Ministry.” In When Pastors Prey: Overcoming Clergy Sexual Abuse of Women, edited by Valli Boobal Batchelor, 41–52. Geneva: World Council of Churches, 2013.

“Criminalizing Misconduct.” In When Pastors Prey: Overcoming Clergy Sexual Abuse of Women, edited by Valli Boobal Batchelor, 150–3. Geneva: World Council of Churches, 2013.

“Ethics.” In Board of Ordained Ministry Handbook, Chapter 27. Nashville: General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2013.

“Fiduciary Duty and Sacred Trust.” In Professional Sexual Ethics: A Holistic Ministry Approach. Edited by Patricia Beattie Jung and Darryl W. Stephens. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013.

“Fiduciary Duty and Sacred Trust.” In Living the Sacred Trust: Clergy Sexual Ethics, sec. II. Nashville: General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2010.

Book Reviews

Review of The Minister as Moral Theologian: Ethical Dimensions of Pastoral Leadership by Sondra Wheeler (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2017) in Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 39:1 (Spring/Summer 2019): 189–90. DOI: 10.5840/jsce20193914

“Marriage, Metaphors, and Melodramas,” review of State of the Marital Union: Rhetoric, Identity, and Nineteenth-Century Marriage Controversies by Leslie J. Harris (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2014) in Marginalia Review of Books, Nov 9, 2015.

Review of Sexual Ethics: A Theological Introduction by Todd A. Salzman and Michael G. Lawler (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2012) and Making Love Just: Sexual Ethics for Perplexing Times by Marvin M. Ellison (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012) in Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 34:2 (Fall/Winter 2014).

Review of John Wesley’s Moral Theology: The Quest for God and Goodness by D. Stephen Long (Nashville: Abingdon, 2005) in Epworth Review 35:1 (Jan 2008): 73–74.

Guest Editing

Guest editor with Kate Ott, “Trauma-Informed Pedagogy,” Spotlight on Teaching, Religious Studies News, AAR. Fall 2020.

Guest editor, special issue “Reenvisioning Christian Ethics,” Religions, 2019–2020. Also available as a book reprint: https://doi.org/10.3390/books978-3-03928-395-8.

Co-curator with Kate Ott, special issue addressing sexuality: Teaching Theology & Religion, Vol. 20, no. 2 (April 2017).

Commentaries and Other Essays

The Role of Anger in the Work of Justice and Love.” United Methodist Insight, Nov 9, 2020.

The Violence of Unity,” United Methodist Insight, October 21, 2020.

Considering the Dissolution of the UMC,” United Methodist Insight, October 15, 2020.

What Happens If General Conference Does Not Meet in 2021—or Ever Again?” UM&Global, Oct 12, 2020.

“Hempfield is testing its luck with students’ health.” LancasterOnline, Sept 15, 2020.

Connectionalism: What Connectional Relationships Really Mean in the UMC,” UM&Global, June 3, 2019.

United Methodism at the End of White Christian America,” in Sightings, The Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion, March 4, 2019.

Who Bears the Burden of Our Ecclesiology? A Response to the Rev. Tim McClendon,” United Methodist Insight, February 12, 2019.

Looking Forward to General Conference: A Primer for Local CongregationsUnited Methodist Insight, January 2, 2019.

Commentary: A simple majority is a foundation of sand,” UMNS, Dec. 13, 2018.

“Ten Truths Religious Leaders Must Tell in the Wake of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report,” Medium, Religious Institute, August 30, 2018.

“#MyHope4Methodism” UM&Global, January 25, 2018.

A Deacon’s Eye for Writing,” UMC Deacons Blog, June 14, 2017.

“On What Really Divides Us: A Response to Philip Wingeier-Rayo,” UM&Global, July 11, 2017.

Commentary: Christian ethics in volatile times,” UMNS, June 13, 2017.

Commentary: Legal challenges to ‘unlawful’ marriages in Methodism,” UMNS, March 9, 2017.

Despite Lots of Inaction, Significant Legislation Will Shape the UMC,” United Methodist Insight, July 21, 2016.

Amending the Old Social Principles While Awaiting the New,” United Methodist Insight, July 14, 2016.

Nine Referrals Seeking a Comprehensive Plan of Union,” United Methodist Insight, July 7, 2016.

In Landslide Vote, United Methodists Renew Resolve to be ‘Open and Accepting’,” United Methodist Insight, June 29, 2016.

GC2016 commentary: We can’t legislate church,” UMNS, June 2, 2016.

Why United Methodism is out of step with the mainline churches on LGBT inclusion,” LNP LancasterOnline, May 20, 2016.

Worldwide Guideposts on ‘A Way Forward’: A Vision for the Global UMC,” United Methodist Insight, May 19, 2016.

Naming Abuse: Why “Comeback” Article Misses the Mark on Clergy Misconduct,” The Hope of Survivors, May 11, 2016.

Mislaid Plans for Vitality in the UMC: Overstretching, Outsourcing, and a Postage Stamp,” United Methodist Insight, May 6, 2016.

Marriage or the single life? Advice from John Wesley,” UMC.org, April 15, 2016.

The Social Principles in Global Perspective,” United Methodist Insight, April 14, 2016.

Sand Creek: Repenting of an Imperialistic Mind-set Then and Now,” United Methodist Insight, April 7, 2016.

“If Churches Were Frat Houses: Title IX Compliance and Clergy Sexual Abuse,” commentary for Feminist Studies in Religion blog, April 7, 2016.

Commentary: Democracy and the Politics of Grace,” UM Reporter, April 3, 2016.

Commentary: Who really has a say at General Conference?” UMNS, March 23, 2016.

“Commentary: Liberian divorce rule and connectionalism,” UMNS, February 25, 2016.

Unfinished Business of a Worldwide Nature: Why Sanctions on the Episcopal Church Matter to United Methodists,” United Methodist Insight, January 15, 2016.

Guest blogger: “Healing Congregations,” Sept 2, 2015, and “When Churches Fail to be a Place of Healing,” Oct 6, 2015, Institute for Congregational Trauma and Growth, http://www.ictg.org.

Addressing Sexuality in the Classroom: Overcoming Silence and Taboo,” co-authored with Kate M. Ott, Religious Studies News, April 22, 2015.

“Nicodemus: A Case of Faith Development,” Newsline, Christian Educators Fellowship, June 2012.

“Can a Woman be a ‘Layman’? Does ‘All Mean All’? Reflections on an 1892 Church Action,” GCSRW Flyer 40:4 (Oct–Dec 2009): 1–4.