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Joelle Hathaway is Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, IN. She is a double graduate of Duke Divinity School, where she completed her MTS (Masters in Theological Studies) and then ThD (Doctorate in Theology) in Theology and the Arts. Her dissertation examined the human cultural vocation in relation to the created order at large, putting theologian Colin Gunton’s “theology of particularity” into conversation with the Sabbath poetry of poet, novelist, environmental advocate, and cultural critic Wendell Berry. 


Joelle’s research and teaching interests examine the intersection of Christian theology, the arts, ecology, and the built environment. Of particular interest is what insights the arts and artistic practice can offer to practices of theological, spiritual, racial, and ecological formation. She lives in Indiana with her spouse Brent Smith and their daughters Lillian and Vivian. ​

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