Dr. McGarrah Sharp, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Ethics at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is working to advance the intercultural paradigm in the field of pastoral theology. Her book Misunderstanding Stories (Pickwick, 2013) engages the field of pastoral theology in imagining and moving toward a more postcolonial emphasis. She argues that this requires honoring and telling our stories of misunderstanding, particularly around intercultural conflicts. Her chapter “Globalization, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism” appears in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology (2012). Dr. McGarrah Sharp’s chapter, “Are There Limitations to Multicultural Inclusion? Difficult Questions for Feminist Pastoral Theology,” co-authored with Dr. Bonnie Miller-McLemore, appears in the celebrated fourth edited volume focusing on women and pastoral theology and care, Women Out of Order: Risking Change and Creating Care in a Multicultural World (Fortress 2010). She is currently writing about practicing postcolonial pastoral theology, possibilities of virtual empathy, and engaging uncertainty in clinical ethics.
Dr. McGarrah Sharp focuses her teaching and research in the areas of pastoral theology and ethics. In addition to introductory courses online and on-campus, she teaches Caring in Depth: Death and Dying, Ethics in a Violent World, Theology and Sexualities, and participates in the seminary’s annual Borderlinks immersion course on the Arizona-Mexico Border. She brings emphases on practical theology and pastoral ethnography to the collaborative seminar Context Matters. Dr. McGarrah Sharp directs the DMin program in transformational leadership in the renewal of Christian living. With a firm belief that both self-awareness and intercultural awareness are vital for ministry, she is especially interested in bringing resources from the interdisciplinary field of postcolonial studies into conversation with theological study and formation.
Dr. McGarrah Sharp is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Pastoral Theology, the International Society of Clinical Ethics Consultants, and the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities. Dr. McGarrah Sharp was influenced to think more critically about postcolonialism with her experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Suriname, South America. She is also trained as a hospital clinical ethics consultant and committed lay member in the United Methodist Church. She joined the PTS faculty in 2010.