Sandra Costen Kunz

 Sandra Costen Kunz
Address901 N. Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74116

Assistant Professor of Educational Ministries, Phillips Theological Seminary

B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1973
M.A.T., The College of New Jersey,, 1979
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary,, 1998
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary,, 2008

Christian education and spiritual formation courses emphasize equipping congregational leaders to teach the Bible and Christian spiritual practices to all ages. Her goal is to help pastors and other Christian educators develop – and then learn to teach – personal and corporate disciplines of Bible study, prayer, meditation, and spiritual discernment to empower churches for social transformation after the pattern of Jesus’ ministry. Since joining the faculty in 2007, Dr. Kunz has offered courses in Educational Dimensions of Ministry, Human Development and Learning Styles for Congregational Ministry, Spirituality and Social Action, Transforming Adults through Christian Education, and History of Christian Spirituality.

Two of the questions driving Dr. Kunz’s scholarship are: “How can communities of Christians teach one another to perceive God’s invitations to enter into the Spirit’s redeeming work in a specific place and time?” and “How can research in the neurophysiology of learning be read in light of the Bible to help churches teach discernment of God’s particular calls and particular gifts for mission?” Her research draws upon cognitive neuropsychology, peace studies, and nonwestern spiritual and educational practices, particularly nonwestern methods of teaching the Bible. Among her publications are “Imagination and the Discernment of Nonviolent Solutions to Problems of Injustice: Possible Applications of the Work of James Loder to Public Peace Education,” in Studies in Reformed Theology: Christian Faith and Violence, and “Freeze/Meltdown in Palestine and Greenland and American Congregational Power” and “Some Possible Roles for Congregational Christian Education in Closing the Black-White Educational Achievement Gap,” in Koinonia.

The intersection of Bible study with meditation and drama is vital to Dr. Kunz’s teaching. Princeton Theological Seminary produced “Job: A Mystery Play,” a two-hour musical for which she wrote the script and lyrics. An Episcopal lay leader, she contributes to Episcopal retreat, conference center and drama ministries, including writing and directing plays with children and youth who have a parent in prison. She is a member of the Association for Practical Theology, Religious Education Association, Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, American Academy of Religion, Metanexus Institute on Science and Religion, Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, and Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and Nonwestern Christianity. She has recently presented papers at the annual meetings of the last four organizations.

Areas of Interest

Educational Ministry

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