What's your next book?
I think I’ll try a book about my own evolution from a girl who was born into a thoroughly racist family and community and who absorbed that fear and hatred uncritically into an adult who works toward social justice for all people. We like to think that people can change in fundamental ways, but how we can facilitate that kind of positive transformation isn’t easy to understand or to teach. Maybe my story could shed some light on that.
Dr. Ellen Blue is the Mouzon Biggs, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity and United Methodist Studies. She is coordinator of the DMin degree in Transformational Leadership for Women. An ordained elder in the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, she is Director of Ministerial Formation for UMC students.
Her most recent book is Women United for Change: 150 Years in Mission, the first in a two-year study commemorating United Methodist Women’s 150th anniversary in 2019. Dr. Blue's previous book, In Case of Katrina: Reinventing the United Methodist Church in Post-Katrina Louisiana, came out of a $30,000 Lilly Faculty Fellowship project.
Dr. Blue is also the author of St. Mark’s and the Social Gospel: Methodist Women and Civil Rights in New Orleans, a history of a deaconess-run community center published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2011 and reissued in paperback in 2014. Her book coauthored with Charles M. Wood, Attentive to God: Thinking Theologically in Ministry, was published by Abingdon in 2008 and has been translated into Korean.
Several of her case studies have appeared in Christian Century. She has written many other published articles and chapters in books, including “Should Theological Education Be Different for Women?” in Women and Ordination in the Christian Churches: International Perspectives. Her essay, “‘Yes, We are Everywhere’: Thirty Years with the Women for Progressive Action, Lower Ninth Ward,” won the Women in United Methodist History Writing Award from the General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) in 2013 and appeared in Methodist History.