Margaret McManus


Dr. Margaret McManus

E-mailmmcmanus@absw.edu
AddressAmerican Baptist Seminary of the West
2606 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA
Phone510-841-1905
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Associate Professor of Historical and Theological Studies, American Baptist Seminary of the West
Assistant Professor of American Religious History, Graduate Theological Union

B.A., Our Lady of the Lake College,
M.A., Graduate Theological Union,
Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, 1999

“Commitment to the ministry of teaching is foundational to my life, beginning with junior high students many years ago and leading in August, 2000, to my faculty appointment at ABSW. During my career as an educator, I have served on high school and college faculties, teaching U.S. History and Religious Studies. I have worked as pastoral staff in a large suburban congregation, developing retreat, youth ministry, adult education, and worship programs. And, I have co-directed two program centers focused on women’s issues/studies in church and society.”

At ABSW, I teach in the areas of earliest Christian history and U.S. religious history, emphasizing connections with students’ ministerial contexts. My approach to these studies is multicultural, interdisciplinary, and attentive to issues of gender, race, and class.

Many of my richest experiences have occurred in groups gathered for, and committed to, transformational learning. These experiences have taught me that the process of learning is demanding, complicated, and rather “miraculous.” Guided by this realization, in my teaching I work toward development of a learning community that is genuinely open and intellectually challenging.



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