Speakers

Lauren Winner

Lauren WinnerLAUREN F. WINNER is the author of numerous books, including Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath. Her recent memoir Still: Notes on a Mid-faith Crisis has been named a “Best Book of 2012” in the religion category by Publishers Weekly and a 2013 Book Award winner in the spirituality category by Christianity Today. Her book on overlooked biblical images of God, Wearing God, will be published by HarperOne in the spring of 2015. She has appeared on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today. Winner has degrees from Duke, Columbia, and Cambridge universities, and holds a Ph.D. in history. The former book editor for Beliefnet, Lauren teaches at Duke Divinity School, and lives in Durham, North Carolina. Lauren travels extensively to lecture and teach. During the academic year of 2007-2008, she was a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, and during the academic year of 2010-2011, she was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. When she’s home, you can usually find her curled up, on her couch or screen porch, with a good novel.

Dan Aleshire

Dan AleshireDANIEL O. ALESHIRE, executive director of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS), has devoted more than thirty-five years of his career to theological education. He joined the ATS staff in 1990 as associate director for accreditation and was elected executive director in 1998. In these capacities, he has led two redevelopments of the ATS accrediting standards, the first approved in 1996 and the more recent iterations approved in 2010 and 2012. In addition, he oversees all grant-funded initiatives that fund theological scholarship and address current concerns in theological education, such as financial stress among schools, student debt and financial literacy, responses to an increasingly multifaith society, and issues of diversity.

Aleshire holds an MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he taught from 1978 to 1990, and a PhD in psychology from George Peabody College for Teachers (now Peabody College of Vanderbilt University). A frequent speaker worldwide, he has also written extensively on issues of ministry and theological education. He served as a co-author of Being There: Culture and Formation in Two Theological Seminaries, which received the 1998 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and his Earthen Vessels: Hopeful Reflections on the Work and Future of Theological Schools was released in 2008.