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Melinda McGarrah Sharp, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Ethics
denominationUnited Methodist Church
phone(918) 610-8303
emailmindy.mcgarrah.sharp@ptstulsa.edu
office#15

Expertise

  • Sustainability and Theology or Sustainable Faith
  • Clarifying a Faithful Voice in a Complex World
  • Soul Care as "Self-Care"
  • Medical Ethics
  • United Methodist Ethics
  • Christian Responses to Religious Pluralism
  • Children's Spirituality and Moral Experience

Education

  • BA, University of Virginia, 1999
  • MAR, Yale University Divinity School, 2001
  • MA, Vanderbilt University, 2008
  • PhD, Vanderbilt University, 2010

Key Facts

  • Joined PTS in 2010
  • Coordinator for DMin track: Transformational Leadership in the Renewal of Christian Living
  • Member of American Academy of Religion
  • Member of the Society of Pastoral Theology
  • Member of International Society of Clinical Ethics Consultants
  • Member of American Society of Bioethics and the Humanities
  • Trained as hospital clinical ethics consultant
  • Committed lay member of the United Methodist Church

Recent Pubs

  • Misunderstanding Stories (Pickwick, 2013)
  • Chapter, “Globalization, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism” appears in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology (2012)
  • Chapter, “Are There Limitations to Multicultural Inclusion? Difficult Questions for Feminist Pastoral Theology,” co-authored with Dr. Bonnie Miller-McLemore, appears in Women Out of Order: Risking Change and Creating Care in a Multicultural World (Fortress 2010) 

Current Projects

  • Currently writing about practicing postcolonial pastoral theology, possibilities of virtual empathy, and engaging uncertainty in clinical ethics.

 
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