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Alumna Dr. Débora Junker named Visiting Scholar for Spring Semester

February 8, 2015

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is honored to welcome alumna Dr. Débora Junker as visiting scholar for the Spring 2015 semester. Junker earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Garrett-Evangelical in 2003 and currently serves as assistant professor of Christian education at Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) in Indianapolis, Indiana.

As visiting scholar, Junker will primarily be working on her new book, Religious Education for Global Citizenship: Embracing Compassion and Solidarity. The book will explore the concept of global citizenship within a religious context while recognizing the urgent need to engage more concretely in issues of citizenship both theologically and pragmatically. Moreover, the book will seek to develop and cultivate what Junker calls a “citizenship literacy praxis,” a term she defines as a critical, engaged, and more compassionate way of reading the world locally as well as globally. In addition, Junker will be available to meet with current Garrett-Evangelical Christian education students who have interests in her area of research. A faculty luncheon will also be held later in the semester for an opportunity to learn more about Junker’s current work and to dialogue.

“The seminary is thrilled to welcome Débora back to the campus,” said Dr. Lallene J. Rector, president of Garrett-Evangelical. “I am personally excited about her current research and writing project and look forward to learning more during the Spring semester.”

Prior to arriving at CTS, Junker was professor of Christian education at the Methodist School of Theology in Brazil and coordinator of a certificate program for religious education teachers sponsored by the National Methodist Christian Education Program attending different educators from a variety of Christian traditions, including Roman Catholics. Junker received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2003 from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Education and Congregational Studies; she also holds a Master of Arts in Christian Education degree from Christian Theological Seminary (1999) and a Master in Religious Science (Practical Theology) degree from the Methodist University of São Paulo - Brazil (1996). She also received Post-Graduated Specialization in Psychopedagogy of Early Childhood and Adolescence from the Methodist Institute of Higher Education of São Paulo – Brazil (1992) and a Licentiate in Letters from the Methodist Institute of Higher Education of São Paulo – Brazil (1985).