Peter Slade

Dr. Peter Slade

Chair, Department of Religion
Chair, Faculty Welfare Committee
Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
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Peter Slade teaches courses in the history of Christianity and Christian thought. His scholarship and teaching is grounded in his work and life in the Church. He worked for several years as a community development worker for the Church of England in Blackburn and Aylesbury and served as a preacher for a small chapel in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. 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.

A consultant to the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia, Slade is co-editor and contributor to two volumes connected with the project: Mobilizing for the Common Good: The Lived Theology of John M. Perkins (University Press of Mississippi, 2013) and Lived Theology: New Perspectives on Method, Style and Pedagogy (OUP, 2016). He is a participating author in the project's collaborative volume Can I Get a Witness? Stories of Radical Christians in the U.S., 1900-2014. Slade’s current research is into justice, reconciliation and the practices of congregational singing: the ways that singing shapes–and is shaped by–the lived ecclesiologies of different congregations and communities.

Living in Ashland with his wife and two children, Slade is on staff at Ashland’s First United Methodist Church where he is a musician and worship leader.

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Ph.D., University of Virginia
M.A., University of Virginia
M.A., University of Mississippi
B.D., University of St. Andrews

Courses Taught

REL106 Exploring the Bible
REL231 History of Early to Reformation Christianity
REL232 History of Modern Christianity
REL233 History of Religions in America
REL234 History of Christian Worship
REL340 Religion and the Civil Rights Movement in America
REL401/404 Theologies of Resistance and Reconciliation
REL497 Religion Thesis Seminar

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