Ethical Leadership, the Church and the Global Economy

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philip-amersonDr. Philip Amerson was named President of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2006 after six years as President of Claremont School of Theology. He is also Professor of the Sociology of Religion and has taught at Westmont College Urban Program in San Francisco, Candler School of Theology, Butler University, Christian Theological Seminary, the Instituto Pan Americana in Panama, and Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education in Chicago. Ordained in The United Methodist Church, he served as pastor for 21 years at three churches in his native Indiana. He received a Ph.D. from Emory University and is the author of numerous books and articles, including Tell Me City Stories: A Journey for Urban Congregations and "The Voice of Peacebuilding" in Choosing Peace Through Daily Practices.

sally-dyckBishop Sally Dyck is the spiritual leader of the Minnesota Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church. She was ordained as a United Methodist clergywoman in 1981 and served as a pastor and district superintendent in the East Ohio Episcopal Area. She was consecrated as a bishop in 2004. She received a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary. Her upbringing in a Mennonite home instilled in her the understanding that personal piety is inextricably woven to peace and justice advocacy.

walter-flukerDr. Walter Fluker is the Executive Director of the Leadership Center and Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Morehouse College and Coca-Cola Professor of Leadership Studies. An ordained Baptist minister, he is a consultant to national and international organizations on issues of ethics, morality and leadership. He is a sought-after speaker and lecturer and a Distinguished Visitor to the International Human Rights Exchange Program at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Since 1992, Dr. Fluker has been director and editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project, which under his leadership has developed into a preeminent academic center for the study and practice of ethical leadership in national and global venues.

juan-floydthomasDr. Juan Floyd-Thomas is Associate Professor of Black Church Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. His research and teaching emphasizes the varieties of African American religious experience, African American churches and sociopolitical reform, and the intersections of popular culture and American Christianity. Before joining Vanderbilt, he taught in the history departments at Virginia Tech and Texas Christian University. He received a master's degree in American Social and Urban History from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Pennsylvania.

john-hopkinsBishop John Hopkins is the spiritual leader of the Ohio East Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church and serves as chairperson for UMC's Connectional Table, which brings together bishops, executives and officers of denominational agencies and representatives of ethnic caucuses and jurisdictions around the world to help guide the mission and ministries of the global church. From 1996 to 2004, he served as Bishop of the Minnesota Episcopal Area. He has also served as pastor of several Indiana UMC churches, director of the North Indiana Conference Council on Ministries; campus minister at Ball State University. Bishop Hopkins was instrumental in establishing Operation Classroom in Sierra Leone and Liberia. He received a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School

dipak-jainDr. Dipak Jain is the Sandy and Morton Goldman Professor in Entrepreneurial Studies and a Professor of Marketing at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, where he has been a faculty member since 1987. From 2001-2009, he served as Dean of the Kellogg School. His areas of research include marketing high-tech products, market segmentation and competitive market structure analysis, and cross-cultural issues in global product diffusion. He has served as a consultant to Microsoft, Novartis, American Express, Sony, Nissan and Motorola, and has published extensively. A native of India, Dr. Jain serves as a foreign affairs advisor for the Prime Minister of Thailand.

richard-longworthRichard Longworth is a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at DePaul University. He is the author of Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism, published in 2009 by Bloombury USA. He writes and hosts the blog, "The Midwesterner," on the Chicago Council's Global Midwest Initiative website, www.globalchicago.org. An Iowa native, Longworth graduated from Northwestern and was presented the Alumni Merit Award in 2000. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and has won every major national award for economic reporting.

gregory-palmerBishop Gregory Palmer is President of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, serving a two-year term as leader of 69 active and 87 retired bishops in the United States, Africa, Europe and the Philippines. A native of Philadelphia, he is a graduate of George Washington University and Duke Divinity School. He was ordained an elder in the East Ohio Episcopal Area. He was elected bishop in 2000 and appointed to the Illinois Great River Episcopal Area, where he oversees nearly 194,000 United Methodists in 840 congregations.

peter-parisDr. Peter Paris is Visiting Professor of Christian Social Ethics and African American Religion at Harvard Divinity School and Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Emeritus, at Princeton Theological Seminary. He received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago, which honored him as Alumnus of the Year in 1995. He taught at Howard University School of Divinity before going to Vanderbilt University Divinity School, where he was the first African American to be promoted through the ranks to full professor. He is past president of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Social Ethics and the Society for the Study of Black Religion. His books -- Black Religious Leaders: Conflict in Unity, The Social Teaching of the Black Church, and The Spirituality of African Peoples: The Search for a Common Moral Discourse -- have been used widely in seminaries and colleges throughout the country.

drew-smithDr. Drew Smith is Director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister and political scientist who has taught at Indiana University, Butler University, Case Western Reserve University and New York Theological Seminary. He has been actively involved in international community development and youth leadership development. He served in 2005 as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and in 2009 as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Cameroon. He received a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and master's and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Yale University. He has published widely about the crucial intersection of religion and public life and is completing a book about black clergy and contemporary moral authority.

max-stackhouseDr. Max Stackhouse is Professor Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was the Rimmer and Ruth de Vries Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life. He has lectured worldwide and written extensively about globalization, including "Christianity and Globalization" and "Globalization and Grace" in God and Globalization, Volume 4. Dr. Stackhouse has a special focus on analyzing the relationship of religious and ethical issues to material forces in society to see how Christian and other faiths shape cultures and lives. He serves on editorial boards of The Christian Century, First Things and The Journal of Religious Ethics. He is ordained in the United Church of Christ and is an active member of Amnesty International.

brent-watersDr. Brent Waters is Director of the Stead Center for Ethics and Values and the Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Waters served as director of the Center for Business, Religion and Public Life at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Director of the J.W. and Ida M. Jameson Center for the Study of Religion and Ethics at the University of Redlands. He received a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Claremont School of Theology, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford. He is the author and many articles and books, and has been invited to lecture at institutions worldwide.

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