DIFFERENCE. BUILDING. CONNECTION.
The Common Ground Project is committed to fostering, building
and strengthening the next generation of Native American, African
American, Latin@ and Asian American church leaders for communities.
The Taste of Seminary seminar features a number of prominent scholars of color in theological education. These individuals come from a variety of denominational backgrounds, theological institutions and geographic locations. These gifted scholars and professors will provide a tailor-made learning experience for participants. Download an application here.
Dr. Lerone Martin
Assistant Professor of American Religious History and Culture
Eden Seminary | St. Louis, MO
Dr. Martin's research interests include: History of 19th and 20th Century American Religion and culture and African American cultural practices. He received his PhD in American Religious Cultures at Emory University, his Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a BA from Anderson University in Anderson, IN. His current research project, Selling to the Souls of Black Folk: Atlanta, The Phonograph, and the Transformation of American Religion and Culture, examines the role of the phonograph in American religious broadcasting and its relationship to race, consumer capitalism, and change in the first half of the twentieth century. Lerone has maintained a commitment to public service through his work with community-based and non-profit organizations. He served as a research consultant for continuing education and recidivism at New York’s Sing Sing State Prison as well as an instructor at Georgia’s Metro State Prison. Lerone has also served as a community organizer and research consultant on projects that addressed the historic relationship between religion, race, and economic development in Atlanta.
Dr. Haruko Ward
Associate Professor of Church History
Columbia Theological Seminary | Decatur, GA
Dr. Ward’s research focuses on Reformation theologies and practices. Her interests include the history of biblical interpretation; Renaissance Biblical Humanism; late medieval piety; doctrinal and sacramental shifts in the Lutheran, Reformed, Radical, and Catholic Reformations; Reformation catecheses; medieval and early modern women reformers; the Jesuit missionary movement; martyology; the reformation of charity; the "age of discovery" and its impact on gender, class, and race discussions in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas; early modern inter-religious dialogues, with particular emphasis on comparative studies of women’s priestly vocational identity.
Dr. Valerie Bridgeman
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Homiletics and Worship
Scholar of Theology and the Arts
Lancaster Theological Seminary | Lancaster, PA
Dr. Bridgeman served as an editor for the recent volume, Africana Bible: Reading Israel's Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora. She also is the founding president of a non-profit organization, WomanPreach! Inc., that helps preachers strengthen their prophetic voice in the pulpit and the public arena. She completed her Ph.D. in biblical studies (OT concentration) at Baylor University. Valerie is a published poet, a visual artist, a jazz dancer, and performer.
Dr. David Sanchez
Assistant Professor of New Testament
Loyola Marymount University | Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Sanchez earned an M.A. in Biblical Studies from the Claremont School of Theology and an M.Phil. and Ph.D in Early Christianity and Christian Origins from Union Theological Seminary, New York City. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States and the Book Review Editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. David is the recipient of the Hispanic Theological Initiative’s 2009 Book Award for From Patmos to the Barrio: Subverting Imperial Myths (Fortress Press, 2008). He has published extensively on the Guadalupan iconography of East Los Angeles in conversation with the heavenly woman of Revelation 12 from a postcolonial perspective. His current research project is a foregrounding of the apocalyptic worldview in the Gospel of Mark in relation to modern apocalyptic sects and George Orwell’s, Animal Farm. David resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Dr. Denna Sánchez and their two daughters, Isabella and Mayali.
Rev. Dr. Brad Hauff
St. Thomas Episcopal Church | Palm Coast, FL
Father Brad comes to us from Church of the Epiphany in Plymouth Minnesota where he served as Associate Rector since 2001. He earned a Masters of Education from South Dakota State. He received his Masters of Divinity from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 1990 in Evanston, Illinois and received a Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree in Minnesota in 2005. He has also served as adjunct faculty member at Seabury-Western. He has extensive experience in areas of education, counseling, and youth ministry as well as experience in the traditional activities of worship, liturgy and preaching, pastoral care, administration and the many activities normally associated with the leading of a church.
Dr. Rodger Nishioka
Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education
Columbia Theological Seminary | Decatur, GA
Dr. Nishioka focuses on equipping pastors to be teachers and leaders in the church’s educational ministry. He is particularly interested in building a congregation’s youth and young adult ministries, having authored several books and articles on this topic.
Dr. Teresa Delgado
Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Iona College | New Rochelle, NY
Dr. Delgado received her doctorate in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary in 2005, under the guidance of Dr. Delores S. Williams. Her interests and scholarship are interdisciplinary in method and scope, utilizing the experience of women, particularly Latinas, to articulate a constructive theological vision, both grounded in and critical of Latino culture and the Roman Catholic theological tradition. Her publications include, “This is My Body: Theological Anthropology Latina/mente,” in Frontiers in Catholic Feminist Theology: Shoulder to Shoulder. Susan Abraham and Elena Procario-Foley, eds. (Augsburg Fortress, October 2009); "Freedom is Our Own: Towards a Puerto Rican Theology of Identity, Suffering and Hope,” in Creating Ourselves: African Americans and Latinos/as, Popular Culture, and Religious Expression. Benjamín Valentín and Anthony Pinn, eds. (Duke University Press; in press 2009); and “Prophesy Freedom: Puerto Rican Women’s Literature as a Source for Latina Feminist Theology,” in A Reader in Latina Feminist Theology: Religion and Justice. María Pilar Aquino, Daisy Machado and Jeanette Rodríguez, eds. (University of Texas Press, 2002). Teresa is currently working on research in the area of sexual ethics and Catholic moral theology. She lives in Mount Vernon, NY with her husband of 22 years, Pascal Kabemba, their four children and two dogs.
Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim
Associate Professor of Doctrinal Theology
Moravian Theological Seminary | Bethlehem, PA
Dr. Kim holds a M.Div. from Knox College and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Kim is the author of The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology (Palgrave Macmillan) and The Grace of Sophia (Pilgrim Press). Presently, she is working on a volume on 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah, in Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible, (WJK Press). Grace also has numerous book chapters such as, “Asian American Feminist Theology,” in Liberation Theologies in the United States, (NYU Press), three Theological Commentaries in Feasting on the Word, (WJK Press), as well as “What Forms Us,” in Feminist Theology With A Canadian Accent (Novalis). She is active in the academy, serving on AAR’s ‘Racial and Ethnic Minorities Committee” and as part of the “Korean Systematic Theology Group” (AAR). Dr. Kim also serves on AAR’s steering committees, “Comparative Theology Group” and “Women of Color Scholarship, Teaching and Activism Consultation.” In addition, she sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal for Religion and Popular Culture.