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The Rev. Dr. Katie Day

The Charles A. Scheiren Professor, Church and Society; Director, Metropolitan/Urban Concentration

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Education: BA, Wheaton College, 1973; MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, 1977; STM, Union Seminary (NY), 1982; PhD, Temple University, 1996; Pastorates in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, 1977-81, 1983-85. (1985, 1996)

Katie Day is the Charles A. Schieren Professor of Church and Society at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia where she has served on the faculty since 1985. Prof. Day received her academic training at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv), Union Theological Seminary (STM), and Temple University (PhD, Urban Sociology). She has published four books, the most recent being a study of urban congregations, Faith on the Avenue: Religion on a City Street (Oxford University Press, 2014). She has also contributed chapters in a number of books and published articles and reviews in journals such as Cross Currents, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the International Journal for Public Theology, where she also serves on the editorial board. Prof. Day was a founding member of the Global Network for Public Theology. Currently she is co-editing the Brill Companion on Public Theology, to be published in 2016. In addition to her research on urban religion, Prof. Day has conducted major studies of faith-based community organizing, Black Church arsons and the volunteer effort to rebuild them, religious responses to HIV/AIDS in South Africa, and religious social service agencies. Currently she is conducting research on “God and Guns,” looking at the role of religion in the construction of meaning and public discourse on guns. Prof. Day has been a visiting professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, Stellenbosch University (South Africa), Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, and the Urban Ecologies program, based at New York Theological Seminary.

Prof. Day is ordained in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and continues to be involved as an activist on several urban issues, including gun violence. She is married to Jim Sicks and they have four grown children.

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