Associate Professor of Theology and Dean of the Disciples Divinity House; also in the College
MDiv (Princeton Theological Seminary)
PhD (University of Chicago)
Kris Culp works in constructive theology. She is the author of Vulnerability and Glory: A Theological Account (Westminster John Knox, 2010), one of the first theological works to connect multidisciplinary conversations about environmental and economic vulnerability with theological anthropology and sociality. She is now writing a book that is tentatively titled, “Glorious Life?” It engages historical-theological debates about the glory of given and made things in order to foster critical sensibilities about the aliveness of life amidst contemporary challenges and complexities. It was begun as part of the Enhancing Life Project at the University of Chicago and Ruhr-University Bochum, funded by the John Templeton Foundation.
Her essays have addressed protest and resistance as theological themes, feminist and womanist theologies, liberal and humanist strands of the Reformed tradition, the use of fiction in theological thinking, pilgrimage as a theological theme, and “experience” in contemporary theology. She is the editor of The Responsibility of the Church for Society and Other Essays by H. Richard Niebuhr (2008), which collected Niebuhr’s various writings on ecclesiology and Christian community. She serves as a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches.