Katherine Turpin

 Katherine Turpin

Address2201 S. University Boulevard
Denver, CO

Associate Professor of Religious Education, Iliff School of Theology

B.A., Birmingham-Southern College,
M.Div., Candler School of Theology,
Ph.D., Emory University,

Katherine Turpin joined Iliff’s faculty in June 2002. Prior to coming to Iliff, Dr. Turpin served as adjunct instructor at Candler School of Theology and had been a member of the faculty of the Youth Theological Initiative in Atlanta, Georgia. A committed layperson in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Turpin also served four years as Director of Christian Education at Trinity United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

An interest in how persons become the living bearers of faith traditions, how they negotiate challenges to Christian vocation presented by consumer culture, and the politics of knowing in diverse communities informs Katherine Turpin’s work in the practice of religion education. Her areas of research and teaching include the development of vocational imagination in adolescents and young adults, the practice of religious education in intergenerational contexts, and teaching religion in higher education.

Katherine Turpin’s publications include “Who Is My Neighbor” (August, 2008), a four-session DVD course she co-wrote to facilitate conversations about the intersections of faith and immigration issues, and “Branded: Adolescents Converting from Consumer Faith,” (August, 2006), a look at adolescent vocation in a consumer-focused culture.

Representative courses:

Teaching and Learning in the Community of Faith
Multicultural Approaches to Religious Education
Children in the Community of Faith
Pedagogy and the Teaching of Religion

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