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Faculty Directory

Sharon R. Fennema

Assistant Professor of Christian Worship
Director of Worship Life
Director of the Certificate in Sexuality and Religion Program

Consortial Faculty
At the GTU since
(510) 849-8933
Degrees and Certifications

PhD, Graduate Theological Union, 2011

MAR, Yale Divinity School and Institute of Sacred Music, 2003

BMus, St. Olaf College, 1998

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Queer Theory, Gender Studies, and Religious Practices
  • Critical Race Theory, Theology and Practices, especially Critical Whiteness
  • Postcolonial Theory, Theology and Practices
  • Ritual Studies and Social Theory
  • Theodicy, Lament, and Apophatic Practice
  • Spiritual Practices in Religious Studies, Trauma and Transformational Leadership
Selected Publications
  • Queering Christian Worship, Reconstructing Liturgical Theology, co-editor and contributor with Stephen Burns and W. Scott Haledman, forthcoming, Fall 2016.

  • “Postcolonial Whiteness: Being With in Worship,” in Liturgy in Postcolonial Perspectives: Only One is Holy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

  • “A Service of Lament for Advent” in Before the Amen: Creative Resources for Worship, The Pilgrim Press, 2007.