Dr. Blue is the author of St. Mark's and the Social Gospel: Methodist Women and Civil Rights in New Orleans, published by the Univ. of Tennessee Press in 2011. An excerpt appears in the Spring 2013 issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas, published by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
Material from it has appeared in the journal Methodist History; as a chapter in Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times, Janet Allured and Judith F. Gentry, eds. (Univ. of Georgia Press, 2009); and as "The Citizens Forum on Integration: 'Underground' Methodist Response to the Brown decision," in New Orleans and Urban Louisiana, Samuel C. Shepherd, Jr., ed. (Center for Louisiana Studies, 2005).
Her book, Attentive to God: Thinking Theologically in Ministry, co-authored with Charles Wood and published by Abingdon in 2008, stemmed from her interest in connecting theological education with ministerial practice. A Korean translation was published in 2012. In 2013, Christian Century is publishing a series of her cases, some from the book and some original for the magazine.
Wipf & Stock’s Cascade imprint will publish In Case of Katrina in 2014. Awarded a Lilly Faculty Fellowship by the Association of Theological Schools for her sabbatical project on the United Methodist Church in post-Katrina New Orleans, Dr. Blue spent the 2008-09 year doing research for the book. The project is an outgrowth of her course, “The Church’s Response to Katrina,” which takes students to Louisiana to explore the churches’ re-evaluation of their missions.
She teaches History of Christianity and United Methodist studies, along with “Women and Religion in America,” and “Issues for Women in Christian Ministry.” A reflection on teaching the “Issues for Women” course appeared as “Should Theological Education Be Different for Women?” in Women and Ordination in the Christian Churches: International Perspectives, Ian Jones, Janet Wootton and Kirsty Thorpe, eds. (Continuum, 2008). She is the coordinator of PTS’s D.Min. track in Transformational Leadership for Women in Ministry and also teaches in that program.
An ordained elder in full connection with the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church and an experienced pastor, Dr. Blue has also published material in the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and “‘Give Me Thy Hand’: Practicing Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Theology at a United Methodist Campus Ministry” in A Passion for Christian Unity, John Imbler, ed. (Chalice Press, 2009). She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, American Society of Church History, Historical Society of the United Methodist History, Southern Association of Women Historians, and Southern Historical Association. She joined the PTS faculty in 2002.