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Welcoming New Faculty to PSR This Fall

We look forward to welcoming these faculty colleagues to PSR this Fall.

Joyce Del Rosario will serve as Assistant Professor in the Practice of Ministry and Director of Community Engaged Learning at Pacific School of Religion (PSR) beginning on August 2019.

Joyce del Rosario will be a great asset on our faculty and deepen our capacity to fulfill our mission.   She brings both extensive leadership and advocacy experience as well as a stellar academic career that will advance PSR’s leading-edge programs in community engaged learning.  Joyce’s own journey has been deeply shaped by her and her family’s active participation in her Filipino-American United Methodist community in Seattle where she grew up, as well as in a network of communities of color and progressive networks among Evangelical communities.  She is an active and outstanding preacher and speaker.

Joyce is a Ph.D. Candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary School of Intercultural Studies, where she expects to defend her dissertation this spring under the working title of “Re-Imaging Mary: a Missiological Approach to Teen Moms.” Her Th.M. thesis was entitled, “Resuscitating Mary: A Missiological Look at Mary as Mother, Marginalized, and Model.”  She has an M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she wrote a thesis entitled, “A Study of Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth Ministry,” and a B.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Washington.

Joyce returned to graduate education after serving as the Executive Director of New Creation Home Ministries, a residential and outreach program for teen moms in Silicon Valley. Additionally, she has over 20 years of experience running youth programs in various cultural and economic communities, because she says, “my heart beats for the healing and empowerment of low to no income young people.”  She served as an Area Director for Young Life in Seattle and in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Her research interests include youth ministry with a special focus on teen moms and urban and multiethnic youth ministry, social justice and racial reconciliation, theological anthropology, marginalized women, and postcolonial Filipino-American theology.

Joyce is on the Board of the Directors for the Christian Community Development Association, where she is committed to encouraging and equipping churches and organizations across the country to transform their neighborhoods through community development. She is also on Fuller Youth Institute’s Expert Advisory Council for the Character and Virtue Development in Youth Ministry (CVDYM) planning project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation.

Randall MillerDr. Randall Miller will join us as Faculty Associate in United Methodist Studies, Ethics, and Leadership. We are excited to welcome Professor Miller back to PSR and to this critical position, following his service over the last three years as Director of Global Religion Program for the Arcus Foundation. Over the past three years, he led efforts at Arcus Foundation to strengthen the capacity of religious advocates and scholars to assume leadership roles in the global pursuit of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality.

Dr. Randall Miller completed his doctoral degree in ethics and social theory at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. His dissertation entitled, “Colored Justice: Situating Martin Luther King’s Justice Ethic in Normative Theoretical Discourse,” compared King’s more contextualized approach to the perspectives of liberal theorists such as John Rawls. Miller’s academic specialties are theories of justice, political and economic ethics, and contextual theologies.

Randall served on the PSR faculty between 2010 and 2015, teaching in United Methodist Studies, ethics, social justice, and leadership development courses. He also served as Interim Dean and as Academic Director of Ignite Institute. He will be familiar to students as he has continued to teach with us during his time at Arcus Foundation.

Yohana Agra Junker will join us as Faculty Associate in Theology, Spirituality, and Arts.

Yohana is an educator, visual artist, and a Ph.D. candidate in art and religion at the Graduate Theological Union. Her dissertation, which she will defend this summer, is entitled “Unsettling the Landscape: Appropriation, Representation, and Indigenous Aesthetics in the Land Art of the American Southwest.” In this work, she probes how Land Arts of the American Southwest are implicated in colonial histories and contentious claims to the land. She is a Presidential Scholar at the GTU, a Louisville Institute Fellow, and a Hispanic Theological Initiative Dissertation Scholar.

A life-long Methodist, Yohana was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and received her BA from Universidade Metodista de São Paulo. She migrated to the United States in 2010, and completed an MTS from Christian Theological Seminary in which she examined aspects of spirituality, tragedy, and transcendence in the works of contemporary secular visual artists. In her writing, art, and activism, she investigates the ways artists create poetic spaces that allow viewers to come together, to reclaim agency, and to work collectively toward what Paulo Freire calls conscientização, which restores our sense of purpose, our thirst for justice, and our desire for transformation. Her artwork is central to her scholarship and activism, as demonstrated by her participation in two recent events, the “18th Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium: Political Theology at the Edge—Collectivities of Crisis and Possibility” and “On The Consequences of Hate Speech at the Manny Cantor Center in New York City.” You can learn more about Yohana’s art, theology, and scholarship at http://www.yohanajunker.com

 

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