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Kieran Conroy hails from the lower Hudson Highlands of New York, was ecumenically Baptized into the Catholic and Methodist traditions and later embraced by the “Middle Way” of the Anglican tradition. He studied Behavioral Sciences and Religion at Drew University, and later received an MDiv in Religious Peacemaking, Native American Studies and Christian Ministry from Harvard Divinity School. Kieran’s most important education comes from the communities he has been blessed to work alongside, including the developmentally disabled, homeless youth, adults and “outdoor churches.” He was impacted most deeply by friendships with Native American communities in New England, Nebraska and beyond. Kieran wrote his thesis exploring roles Christian communities might play in Just-Reconciliation for the Boarding School experiences that impacted many of his Native friends, and was invited to work at Boston’s American Indian Center and the Crossing, an “emerging” church plant in the Anglican tradition. More recently he lived a year of Episcopal Intentional Service-Community in Omaha, a year of Chaplaincy Education, and been invited to help found a multiracial “New Monastic” service community with Lutheran and Episcopal roots on the Rosebud Lakota Reservation in the Fall of 2012. Kieran also made pilgrimage to his own Irish roots, offers retreats/talks on Celtic history and religion, and is learning the bodhrán drum. He practices ministry and scholarship grounded in cross-cultural friendships and respect, and is excited to play a small part in the Journal of Postcolonial Networksas a Copy Editor Assistant.
Spencer Moffatt is a first-year PhD student in Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN), focusing on the relationship between religion and philosophy. His religion interests are focused on Christian origins, the evolution of systematic (constructive) theology, metaphorical theology as potential model, postcolonial theologies, and justice initiatives. His philosophy interests are in phenomenology of perception, language/hermeneutics, and existentialism.
As the Assistant Editor of Academic Relations, his passion is to work alongside others in the on-going development of postcolonial initiatives. This includes moving toward a comprehensive research network that is, as Moffatt sees it, “committed to global participation, creativity, and resourcing”. He is an Indianapolis native who is, at heart, full of hope. He also holds a BA from North Central University (Minneapolis, MN) and an MDiv from Bethel Seminary (St. Paul, MN).
Her research interest is to research any remains of Christianity beyond the eleventh century and make a connection to the beliefs that were held by Africans with the coming of the Portuguese in the fifteenth century. Her interest lies in the belief that the traditional religions of Africa are a dissemination of the first-century beliefs. These beliefs were what Portuguese missionaries encountered in their attempts to evangelize the people of Africa. For her research project she would like to explore Christianity in Africa and the impact of the Portuguese arrival in Africa after the division of the world by Pope Alexander VI after 1495.
Annie is also interested in the cultural linguistic aspects of African Americans and how language impacted the development of their culture with respect to the slavery, Christianity/religion and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.
Papers she has written include: “Colossians and Empire”, “Fiduciary Failure of African Christianity”, both presented in regional meetings of SBL; “Language Identity and Otherness”, presented at the University of Birmingham’s Identity and Otherness Conference; book reviews for JPTT, “Mark and It’s Subalterns” by David Joy and “They Were All Together in One Place”, Bailey, Liew and Segovia. Currently she is working on various articles and working towards publication of her dissertation.