Peter Slade teaches courses in the History of Christianity and Christian Thought. He received a doctorate degree in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. Prior to studying at UVa, Slade earned an M.A. in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi and a B.D. with Honours in Christian Ethics and Practical Theology from St. Andrews University, Scotland. He also studied community work at Ruskin College, Oxford.
Slade's scholarship and teaching is grounded in his work and life in the Church. He served as a preacher for a small chapel in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains -- Mt. Olivet Church (UCC), Dyke, VA -- and worked for several years as a community development worker for the Church of England in Blackburn and Aylesbury. Interested in the lived ecclesiologies of Christian communities, his first book, Open Friendship in a Closed Society; Mission Mississippi and a Theology of Friendship (OUP, 2009), is an interdisciplinary study of an ecumenical racial reconciliation initiative in Mississippi. Slade's current research is into the practices of congregational singing in contemporary American churches and the ways that singing shapes--and is shaped by--the ecclesiologies of different congregations and communities.
Living in Ashland with his wife and two children, Slade attends First United Methodist Church where he is a musician and worship leader. In his spare time he enjoys playing with his children, making music with his wife, eating nice cheese and watching DVDs in surround sound.
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