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Current Position

  • J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities and Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University/Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary,
    Religious and Theological Studies, 1994

  • Master of Arts, Marquette University, Applied Sociology (Religion), 1989

  • Master of Divinity, Moravian Theological Seminary, 1984

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Alberta, 1981

Past Work Experience

  • Associate/Assistant Professor in Theology and Church History
    University of Winnipeg Faculty of Theology, 1995 to 2005

  • Instructor in Church History, Chicago Theological Seminary, 1992 to 1994

  • Parish Associate, North Shore Presbyterian Church (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), 1986 to 1989

  • Pastor, Haverford Moravian Church (Indianapolis, Indiana), 1984 to 1986



  • The Westminster Handbook to Women in American Religious History, ed. with Susan Hill Lindley (Westminster John Knox Press, 2008).

  • GEM: The Life of Sister Mac (Novalis/St. Paul University Press, 2001).

  • The Women of Hull House: A Study in Spirituality, Vocation, and Friendship (SUNY Press, 1997).

  • I Believe, You Believe: An Introduction to Religions and Beliefs in North America (Moravian Church, rev. ed. 2007 [1994]).

Book chapters/articles

  • "The 1930s" in A History of the United Church of Canada, ed. Don Schweitzer (completed for possible publication).
  • "The Theology of Jane Addams: Religion 'seeking its own adjustment'" in Feminist Interpretations of Jane Addams, Re-reading the Canon Series, ed. Maurice Hamington (Pennsylvania State University Press, forthcoming).

  • "Women and Religion in America" in World Religions in America. 4th edition, ed. Jacob Neusner (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009).

  • "Let the Salmon be Salmon: The International Peace Arch as Symbol and Challenge," 195-205 in Cascadia: The Elusive Utopia, ed. Douglas Todd (Ronsdale Press, 2008).

  • "Jane Addams on Militarism, Fear, and Self-Righteous Nationalism" in Faith and Freedom 60, pt. 2, no. 165 (2007).

  • "Non-Canonical Scriptures of the 20th Century: The Desiderata, Serenity Prayer, and Footprints in the Sand" in Faith and Freedom 59, pt. 2, no. 163 (2006).

  • "More Than Maternal Feminists and Good Samaritans: Women and the Social Gospel in Canada," 53-67 in Gender and the Social Gospel, eds. Wendy Edwards and Carolyn Gifford (University of Illinois Press, 2003).

  • "The Settlement House Movement," in Union Theological Quarterly Review, Volume 57:3-4 (2003).

  • "Young Man Knowles: Christianity, Politics, and the Making of a Better World," 219-236 in Religion and Public Life in Canada: Historical and Comparative Themes, ed. Marguerite Van Die (University of Toronto Press, 2001).