Damayanthi Niles


 Damayanthi Niles

E-maildniles@eden.edu
Address475 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone314-918-2532
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Associate Professor of Constructive Theology, Eden Theological Seminary

B.A., Saint Olaf College, 1988
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1991
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1998

Her writing and research have been focused on constructive and contextual theology. She has taught courses on foundational theology, missiology and post-colonial thought. She has also served as the research associate of the Christianity in Asia Project at the Centre for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies at Cambridge University, United Kingdom.

Dr. Niles brings to her classes a unique perspective as a “true citizen of the world.” Having lived, worked and studied in several countries, she can offer international insights and interpretations on theological issues.

“I want my students to understand that the ministry is a creative process. They need to learn from others and apply what they learn to their own lives. I encourage them to ask themselves, ‘what lessons can I learn from this person?’ It’s important to understand that the people that they can learn the most from are the other people they meet on their spiritual journey.”

Through her coursework and class discussion, Professor Niles tries to meet all students where they are. She utilizes an eclectic assortment of texts to help them make the connection.

“I try to show my students another way of thinking. What if you did this, or tried something this way? I also invite them to think deeply about the people we read about in the course of our studies… think about going to the communion table with them.”

Phone: 314-918-2594
Toll Free:877-642-5931
Email: dniles@eden.edu

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 A frequent lecturer, Dr. Niles has expertise in Asian theology and missiology. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, particularly Asian curries. She also enjoys music, reading and theatre. She is an ordained Minister of the Word and Sacrament, Presbyterian Church (USA).

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