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Wonhee Anne Joh

Dr. Wonhee Anne Joh
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Professor of Theology and Culture

  • B.A., North Central College
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Drew University

As a teacher, I believe that transformative praxis begins with each of us in our everyday lives. Theological reflection is crucial because the meaning of our lives is often understood through the prism of religious experience. Therefore, theological reflection must be bold and imaginative as well as grounded in the material reality of history of peoples' lives. Furthermore, theological reflection is constructive as it examines the conditions of our present reality even as we dare to construct and hope in conditions that would be emancipatory for all. This means that theological reflection be in conversation with one another. I believe that we learn best from one another through listening and what Gayatri Spivak refers to as "non-coercive rearrangement of desire." My hope is that through this learning from one another, our own desire for change emerges from within each person.