Pamela D. Couture

 Pamela D. Couture
Address5123 East Truman Road
Kansas City, MO 64127

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean and Professor of Practical Theology, Saint Paul School of Theology

B.A., Ashland College,
M.Div., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary,
Ph.D., University of Chicago,

Where’s the Peace to Keep? The Peacemaking Practices of Congolese in Kamina, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).”

In the last decade the Democratic Republic of Congo has been devastated by a war that has killed an estimated 4-5.4 million people. In most news reports about the war in Congo, Congolese are depicted as either victims or perpetrators. However, Congolese United Methodists have been actively engaged in bringing peace and reconciliation to their country.

Dr. Couture spent the month of January 2008, doing an oral history of Congolese preacemaking efforts and is writing a book on the peacemaking practices led by United Methodists in Kamina.


Child Poverty: Love, Justice, and Social Responsibility (Saint Louis: Chalice Press, 2007).
Poverty, Suffering and HIV-AIDS: A Challenge to Practical Theology and Ecclesiology, Papers of the International Academy of Practical Theology, Stellenbosch, South Africa, edited with Bonnie Miller-McLemore (Cardiff, UK: Cardiff Academic Press, 2003).
Creativity, Imagination and Criticism: The Expressive Dimension in Practical Theology, Papers of the International Academy of Practical Theology, Quebec City, Quebec, edited with Paul Ballard (Cardiff, UK: Cardiff Academic Press, 2001).
Seeing Children, Seeing God: A Practical Theology of Children and Poverty (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2000).
Globalization and Difference: The Papers of the International Academy of Practical Theology, edited with Paul Ballard (Cardiff, UK: Cardiff Academic Press, 1999).
From Culture Wars to Common Ground: Religion and the American Family Debate, co-authored with Don Browning, Robert Franklin, K. Brynolf Lyon, and Bonnie Miller McLemore (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1997).
Pastoral Care and Social Conflict: Essays in Honor of Charles V. Gerkin, edited with Rodney Hunter (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1995).
Blessed are the Poor? Women’s Poverty, Family Policy, and Practical Theology (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1991).
Chapters in Books

“Child Poverty and Social Exclusion: A Conversation with Christian Tradition,” in volume ed. Marcia Bunge (Valparaiso , IN: Valparaiso University).
“The Lost Face of Children in Larger Social Systems,” in Children’s Voices: Children’s Perspectives in Ethics, Theology and Religious Education, A. Dillen and D. Pollefeyt, eds. (Leuven: Peeters, 2009).
“Lessons from the Heart of Darkness,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2009: A Book of Daily Devotions (Nashville: The Upper Room, 2009), 94-100.
“The Furnace of Humiliation,” in From Midterms to Ministry: Practical Theologians on Pastoral Beginnings, Allan Hugh Cole, Jr., ed., forward by Michael L. Lindvall (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008), 115-129.
“The Bishops Initiative on Children and Poverty: Its History and Future,” in Wealth, Poverty, and Economy in God’s World, Hendrik R. Pieterse, ed. (Nashville: General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2008), 62-75.
“The Way and Practice of Peace,” in Upper Room Disciplines 2007: A Book of Daily Devotions (Nashville: The Upper Room, 2006), 350-356.
“Bible, Music, and Pastoral Theology,” in The Bible in Pastoral Practice: Readings in the Place and Function of Scripture in the Church, Paul Ballard and Stephen R. Holmes, eds. (London: Dartman, Longman, Todd, 2005).
“Practical Theology at Work in the United Methodist Church: Restructuring, Reshaping, Reclaiming,” in Church, Identity, and Change: Theology and Denominational Structures in Unsettled Times, David A. Roozen and James R. Nieman, eds. (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2005).
“Maintaining Relationship with Adult Children across Geographical Distance,” in Mutuality Matters, Herbert Anderson, Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Edward Foley, eds. (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2004).
“Songs of Struggle,” in Poverty, Suffering, and HIV-AIDS: International Practical Theological Perspectives , co-edited with Bonnie J. Miller (Cardiff, UK: Cardiff Academic Press, 2003).
“Pastoral Care and the Social Gospel,” in The Social Gospel Today , Christopher H. Evans, ed. (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001).

“Reading Adam Hochshield’s King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa Side by Side with Luis Rivera Pagan’s A Violent Evangelism: The Political and Religious Conquest of the Americas” in The Journal of Pastoral Theology 17:2, Fall, 2007.
“Demystifying the War in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” Journal of Pastoral Theology 17:1, Spring, 2007, 15-26.
“Peacemaking as a Wesleyan Response to Environmental Degradation,” Proceedings of The 2nd Wesley International Conference, “Wesley Visits the Peace District: Wesleyans in an Age of Ecological Crisis” (Seoul, Korea: Hyupsung University, October, 2008).
“Books and Bytes,” review article on books and websites on peacemaking in The Clergy Journal, April 2008, 39-42.
“Let the Children Come: Which Children?” The Clergy Journal LXXXIII: 6, focused issue, “Social Justice: Working to End Poverty” (April 2007), 14-16.
“Practical Theology at Saint Paul School of Theology,” Religious Studies News (March 2007), ii.
“Demystifying the War in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” The Journal of Pastoral Theology vol. 17:1 (Spring 2007), 15-26.
“Pastoral Theology in International Prespective,” with Emmanuel Lartey, issue editors, The Journal of Pastoral Theology vol. 17:1 (Spring 2007), v-vii.
“Practicing Love and Justice in Methodist Theological Schools,” Theologie fuer die Praxis vol. 31:1-2 (2005).
Feminist, Wesleyan Theology, Guest editor, with Henk Pieterse, Quarterly Review focused edition (Winter 2004).
“The Fight for Children: Practical Theology and Children’s Rights,” Contact: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Pastoral Studies 142 (2003), 28-41.
“The Image of God and the Problem of Evil: Toward a Feminist Wesleyan Theology,” Quarterly Review (Winter 2003).
“The Effect of the Postmodern on Pastoral/Practical Theology and Care and Counseling,” Journal of Pastoral Theology (June 2003).
“ Readings,” Upper Room Disciplines 2003 (November 2003).
“Marriage as prescription for poverty carries risk of harmful side effects,” Rochester, New York, Democrat and Chronicle (March 3, 2002).
“Ministry with Children and the Poor,” Insights: The FacultyJournal of Austin Seminary (March 2002).
“Pastoral Care and Human Rights,” co-authored with Darryl Trimiew, in New Dictionary of Pastoral Studies , Wesley Carr, ed. (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2002).
“Analysis and Evaluation of the Bishops Initiative on Children and Poverty, ” Quarterly Review (Winter 2001).
Edited Journals

International Conflict Resolution, guest editor with Emmanuel Lartey, Journal of Pastoral Theology focused edition (June 2007).
Feminist, Wesleyan Theology, guest editor, with Henk Pieterse, Quarterly Review focused edition (Winter 2004).
Lectures, Workshops, and Papers
“Where’s the Peace to Keep?” (lecture presented as The Wynn Lecture, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, New York, February 24, 2009).
“Peacemaking as a Wesleyan Response to Environmental Degradation” (paper presented at the The 2nd Wesley International Conference, Hyupsung University, Seoul, Korea, October, 2008).
“Congolese Peacemaking: Conflict Resolution” (presented at Engaging Faith, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, July 21-25, 2008).
“Congolese Peacemaking and Media Image” (paper presented in the Empire, Economics and Globalization Working Group at the 12th Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, Oxford, England, August 12-21, 2007).
“The Lost Face of Poor Children in Larger Social Social Systems” (paper presented at the symposium on Children’s Voices: Ethics, Theology and Religious Education, University of Leuven, Belgium, January 2007).
“Against Child Poverty: Relationships as a Foundation for Social and Economic Justice” (paper presented at the International Academy of Practical Theology, Berlin, Germany, March 2007).
“Christian Family?” (workshop presented at Grace United Methodist Church, Saint Louis, Missouri, October 2006).
“Demystifying the War in Congo” (paper presented at the Society for Pastoral Theology, Denver, Colorado, June 2006).
“Children and Youth: Opting for Violence or Peace” (presentation at the Society for Intercultural Pastoral Care and Counseling, Ketczkemet, Hungary, September 2004).
“The Least of These” (four presentations at the Kentucky (UMC) Annual Conference, June 2004).
“Children, Poverty and Economic Globalization” (paper presented at the Northeastern Jurisdictional Event on Economic Globalization, November 2003).
“Transforming the Church” (two multimedia presentations for Iowa Annual Conference based on the church’s response to children and poverty in the U.S., in Africa and the Philippines, Ames, Iowa, June 2003).
“Children, Poverty, and Economic Globalization” (presentation to the International Academy of Practical Theology, University of Manchester, Manchester, England, April 2003).
“Ethics and The Social Sciences” (panel response at retirement celebration for Don S. Browning at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, April 2003).
“Justice and Poverty: Seeing Children in Our Time” (three lectures on children’s rights, children and the global economy, and children and their parents’ sexuality presented at Queens Theological College, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, October 2002).
“What’s American about the United Methodist Social Principles” (presented at the Consultation on the United Methodist Social Principles, Liblin, The Czech Republic, September 2002).
“The Case for Children’s Rights” (lecture at the First Baptist Church of America, Providence, Rhode Island, September 2002).
“Practicing the New Creation: Participatory Music-making and Pastoral Care” (paper presented at Oxford Institute of Theological Studies, Oxford, England, August 2002).
Professional Leadership
American Academy of Religion (1981-present): Co-chair of the Wesleyan Studies Working Group (1998-2002)
International Association for Practical Theology (1991-present): Program Chair, International Society for Practical Theology meeting in April 1997, Seoul, Korea
Nour International Relief Aid (NIRA): Secretary, Board of Trustees
Oxford Institute for Methodist Theological Studies (1987-present): Section Chair on Practical Theology (1997, 2002)
Scholarship committee for the Fund for Theological Education (2001-2002)
Society for Pastoral Theology (1992-present): Nominating Committee (1999-2000); Editorial Committee for the Journal of Pastoral Theology (2001-present)
St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Clinical Pastoral Education Program, Houston, Texas: Visiting Scholar (June 23-27, 2008)
Church Leadership
Grand Avenue Temple Charge Conference, Kansas City, Missouri
Northern Illinois Annual Conference (UMC): Board of Ordained Ministry (1984-1992)
United Methodist Church: Advisory Committee on Psychological Assessment, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (2001-present); Educational consultant, United Methodist Bishops Initiative on Children and Poverty (1995-present)
Western New York Annual Conference (UMC): Associate member (2003-present) ud

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