Melanie A. Duguid-May

John Price Crozer Professor of Theology

MELANIE DUGUID-MAY is John Price Crozer Professor of Theology at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, New York.

Melanie Duguid-May’s work is engaged critical and embodied theological thinking for the 21st century.  Her research interests include new ways of being the church in the global movement of Christianity,  the role of religion in violence and peacemaking, images of women in Christian tradition and implications for public policy, LGBTi theology and human rights, the faith and life of Palestinians living in occupied territories.

Among the classes Professor Duguid-May teaches are “Confessing the Christian Faith Today,” a critical, contextual primer for theological thinking that is systematic in scope, “Faith Seeking Understanding,”   “The Church in the World of Christianities,” “Trinity, communion & otherness in the 21st century,” “Redeeming Women: women doing theology, trajectories and themes,”  “Women, Religion, and Public Policy,” “Christian Faith, the Churches, and LGBTi Persons,”  “Religion, Terror, and the Making of Peace,” “The Land Called Holy, and its peoples—a Christian pilgrimage.”

Her numerous articles and essays have been published in a wide range of academic, ecclesial, and ecumenical anthologies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and journals, in the U.S. and beyond.  Books include Jerusalem Testament: Palestinian Christians Speak, 1988-2008 (Eerdmans 2010), A Body Knows: A Theopoetics of Death and Resurrection (Continuum 1995), and Bonds of Unity: Women, Theology and the Worldwide Church (Scholars 1989).  She is at work on a major history of the 20th century ecumenical movement relative to the emergent of the global Christian movement (Prentice-Hall/Kohlhammer, 2015).

An ordained American Baptist minister and life-long member of the Church of the Brethren, Dr. Duguid-May served as moderator of the National Council of Churches Commission on Faith and Order (1989-1995), and member and vice-moderator of the World Council of Churches Commission on Faith and Order (1984-2006).