Anabel Proffitt


 

Associate Professor of Educational Ministries

 

BA, Hood College, 1979
MA, Presbyterian School of Christian Education, 1981
PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1990

 

 

 

 

Anabel is Associate Professor of Educational Ministries at Lancaster Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (Ph.D.), the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (M.A.) and Hood College (B.A.). An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, she is an active member and adult Sunday school teacher at Hamilton Park United Church of Christ in Lancaster. During the summer months she serves as pastor of Childwold Memorial Presbyterian Church in the Adirondack Park in upstate New York. Author of numerous articles on religious education, she is currently completing a book, entitled The Sense of Wonder: Pathos and Play in Religious Education.  In addition to her teaching and pastoral activities, she is a poet and a djembe drummer. She is married to Chuck Melchert, an author and retired professor. 


Courses Taught

Introduction to Educational Ministries
Youth Ministries
Confirmation
Introduction to Interpretation (team-taught)
The Art of Teaching
Multiple Intelligences in Ministry
Wonder, Wisdom and Education
Faith and Human Development


Specialties & Research

The Sense of Wonder
Women and God
Girls and God
Faith and Human Development
Multiple Intelligences in educational ministry
Experiential Education 


Major Publications

The Sense of Wonder: Pathos and Play in Religious Education, book manuscript in progress. 

“Using Imagination and Wonder in Ministry” Webinar for “Transforming Practices” Office of 
the Church of the Brethren, October 2012. 

Keynote Speaker on “Wonder” and “Cultivating Religious Imagination in Ministry” at Pennsylvania State Pastor’s Convention, November 2011. 

“The Wonder of It All” Convocation Address to Lancaster Theological Seminary, September 1998.

“Educating the Emotions: Is It Possible?” Paper presented to the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values in Carmarthan, Wales, August 1998, published in Panorama: International Journal of Comparative Religious Education and Value, Volume 10, Number 2 (Winter 1998).

 “Playing in the Presence of God: Wonder, Wisdom and Education.” (Co-authored with Dr. Charles F. Melchert) International Journal of Children’s Spirituality (Spring 1998).

 “Wonder as an Attitude” Paper presented to the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education in New Orleans, November 1996.

 “Exploring Wonder as a Form of Piety in Religious Education” Paper presented to the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values in Los Angeles, August 1996, to be published in a forthcoming issue of Panorama: International Journal of Comparative Religious Education and Value.

 “Reclaiming Piety as a Goal of Religious Education,” Paper presented at the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education in Chicago, November 1995.

 "Mystery, Metaphor and Religious Education: The Challenge of Teaching in a Postmodern World," Paper presented to the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values in Goslar, Germany, August 1994, published in Salt: Journal of the Religious and Moral Education Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, Vol. 16, Number 2 (Summer 1995).

 “A Sense of Wonder,” Interview published in In Season [Magazine for the United Church of Christ Word Among Us Curriculum], Vol. 1, No. 3 (Spring 1995).

 "Where Have All the Teachers Gone?" Religious Education Vol. 89, No. 2 (Spring 1994).

 "Daughters of Wisdom," a Bible study and program resource on Wisdom 7:22-28, in Women of Wisdom,, the 1994-1995 Program Resource of the United Church of Christ Coordinating Center for Women.

 "The Importance of Wonder in Religious Education," Paper presented to the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values in Banff, Canada, August 1992, published in Religious Education, Vol. 93, No. 1 (Winter 1998).

 "A Liberating Education?" Religious Education Vol. 88, No. 1 (Winter 1993). 

 


Resource & Lecture Topics

The Sense of Wonder
Women and God
Girls and God
Faith and Human Development
Multiple Intelligences in educational ministry
Experiential Education 


Curriculum Vitae

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