Edward W. Rodman

Rev. Canon Edward W. Rodman

Address99 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 2138

John Seely Stone Professor of Pastoral Theology and Urban Ministry, Episcopal Divinity School

B.A., Hampton Institute,
M.Div., Episcopal Theological School,
D.H.L., Saint Augustine’s College,
D.D., Episcopal Divinity School,

The Rev. Canon Ed Rodman brings his experience ministering in an urban context with a variety of community-based and religious coalitions to the classroom. An advocate for social change, Professor Rodman shares his skills in the areas of antiracism methods and overcoming racism, social analysis, and theological reflection with students as they explore public policy toward people who are poor and marginalized, the ecumenical and interfaith dimension of the Church’s ministry, leadership, and organizational development. During his forty years of ministry he has held three primary positions in the Church, including Assistant Minister at St. Paul’s Church, New Haven, Connecticut, 30 year tenure as Canon Missioner for the Diocese of Massachusetts, and as Professor of Pastoral Theology and Urban Ministry at EDS. An active leader throughout the church, Professor Rodman is a member of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, participated in the organizing of the Union of Black Episcopalians, served as an urban hearings coordinator for the Urban Bishops Coalition, and the coordinator of the Episcopal Urban Caucus.

Education: BA, Hampton Institute; MDiv, Episcopal Theological School; DHL, Saint Augustine’s College; DD, Episcopal Divinity School.

Current Positions: EDS faculty, 2002-present. Denominational counselor for Episcopal students at Harvard Divinity School; Executive Council member, ECUSA 2003 – 2009.

Past positions: Consultant, Antiracism Commission, and Executive Council member, ECUSA 1980 -83; Executive Council member, TEC; former Canon Missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts; Urban Hearings Coordinator for the Urban Bishops Coalition; Adjunct Professor, Episcopal Theological School; Assistant Minister, St. Paul’s Church; Adjunct Professor, Yale University School of Art and Architecture-City Planning Department.

Publications include: “Soul Sisters: The Emergence of Black Women’s Leadership” in Deeper Joy: Lay Women And Vocation in the 20th Century Episcopal Church(Church Publishing);

“Evangelism Among African-American Youth” in Disorganized Religion: the Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults (Cowley);

“Seeking to Hear and to Heed in the Cities: Urban Ministry in the Post-War Episcopal Church” in Churches, Cities, and Human Community (Wm. B. Eerdmans);

“A Lost Opportunity: Open Letter to the Leadership of the Episcopal Church” in To Heal the Sin-Sick Soul(Episcopal Urban Caucus);

“Walk About Zion: Issues Affecting Urban Ministry in the Black Episcopal Church” in the Anglican Theological Review;

“Why We Need Culturally/Racially Specific Youth Programs” and “Youth Ministries and the Needs of African-American Youth” in Resource Book for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults (Episcopal Church Center);

True to Our God, True to Our Native Land (Episcopal Urban Caucus pamphlet); “Faith and Social Ministry: A View of the Episcopal Church” in Faith and Social Ministry: Ten Christian Perspectives (Loyola).

Areas of interest and research: Social change and the Church’s role as advocate and prophet, antiracism methods and overcoming racism, social analysis and theological reflection as it affects public policy toward the poor and marginalized, the ecumenical and interfaith dimension of the Church’s ministry, media relations, granting practices, leadership, and organizational development.

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