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Elaine Heath

Executive Director and Co-Founder
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About Elaine:

Elaine A. Heath, Ph.D., M.Div.

Executive Director and Co-Founder  |  Missional Wisdom Foundation
McCreless Professor of Evangelism, Perkins School of Theology | Southern Methodist University

Dr. Elaine Heath is a visionary leader and theologian, a mystic, an instigator, and passionate believer in the power of the Holy Spirit. Elaine is the initiator of New Day and the Epworth Project, which are networks of new monastic, missional communities in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.  She holds a B.A. in English, Oakland University, a Masters of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. Theology from Duquesne University.   Dr. Heath is an elder of the United Methodist Church.

Academy Courses:

AMW 101: Spiritual Life Retreat
AMW 105: Missional Community Development I
AMW 106: Practicum I - Preparing to Start a Missional Micro-Community
AMW 201: Forming Missional Community
AMW 204: Missional Community Development II
AMW 205: Practicum II - Launching the Missional Micro-Community

Recent Publications:

“Reading Scripture for Christian Formation,” Wesley, Wesleyans, and Reading Bible as Scripture,  Joel B. Green and David Watson, eds. (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2012).

The Gospel According to Twilight: Women, Sex and God (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2011).

We Were the Least of These: Reading the Bible with Survivors of Sexual Abuse (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2011).

“Disciple-Making in a Post-Christendom U.S.A.” in Making Disciples for a World Parish, Paul W. Chilcote, ed. (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011).

“A New Day Rising in the Church,” in The Hyphenateds: How Emergence Christianity is Re-Traditioning Mainline Practices, Phil Snider, ed. Foreward by Phyllis Tickle (St. Louis: Chalice, 2011).

“Methodist Spirituality,” “Community,” and “Women in the History of Spirituality,” Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Glen Scourgie, ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academic, 2011).

Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Community [New Monastic Library series] (New Monastic Library: Resources for Radical Discipleship)

Naked Faith: The Mystical Theology of Phoebe Palmer, Princeton Theological Monograph Series, (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2010).

Theological perspectives on Propers 7, 8, and 9 (Luke 8:26-39, Luke 9:51-62, Luke 10:1-11, 16-20),  Feasting on the Word,Lectionary Commentary Series (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009).

“The Quest for Holiness,” Oxford Handbook on Methodism, William J. Abraham and James Kirby, eds. London: Oxford University Press, 2009.

“Snake Handling and Speaking in Tongues: Mysticism and Mission in the Wesleyan Tradition,” Radical Grace (Fall, 2009).

The Mystic Way of Evangelism: A Contemplative Vision for Christian Outreach (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008).

Recent Articles:
The Gospel According to Twilight  |  Huffington Post  9/14/11
Forthcoming Publications:

Missional. Mainline. Methodist: A Guide to Starting Missional Micro-Communities in Historically Mainline Traditions, co-authored with Larry Duggins (Eugene: Cascade, 2014).

Gospel Bearing: The Theory and Practice of Apostolic Life (Eugene: Cascade, 2014).

“Eucharist and Evangelism,” Eucharist, Theology, and Ministry, Jason Vickers, ed. (Nashville: Kingswood, 2013).

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