Associate Professor, Pastoral Studies and Undergraduate Program Director
- B.A. (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
- M.A. (St. Thomas University)
- D.Min. (Barry University, Miami, FL)
- “A Case Study: Formation Across the Workforce” Health Progress Sept-Oct 2011, (92, 5).
- “Living in the Mystery of God: Daily Lectionary-based Lenten Reflections” (Year B). Pax Christi USA, 2006.
- “The Embracing Circle of Community”. Sojourners. May-June 1997.
Dr. Carter Waren has been part of the faculty since 1992. During college as a Passionist volunteer in rural West Virginia, her formal theological interests took root. Her commitment to the local church is critical to her scholarship, evidenced in parish work in a variety of settings. She was the founding director of the Center for Peace and Justice at St. Thomas University, and served in parish social ministry for Catholic Charities prior to joining the faculty. She is a practical theologian and a dedicated teacher, chosen as one of “Fifty Most Effective Teachers of Introductory Religious Studies in the US” by the Wabash Institute (2004).
She holds professional memberships in the American Academy of Religion, the Association of Professors Practitioners and Researchers in Religious Education (APPRE), and the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA).
Dr. Carter Waren loves the natural world and sports, especially Miami Heat basketball.
Research and Teaching:
Dr. Carter Waren’s research and teaching interests have been in practical theology, especially in the “translation” of theological concepts that seem obscure into “ordinary” language so that theological thought and reflection not be elitist, but for all. This exercise in translation has three primary foci in her work. The first is in the Catholic identity of institutions, to attempt to insure the inheritability and sustainability of that identity when the presence of the sponsoring congregation is diminished. She has worked over the past six years to develop a legacy formation program to address these issues in Catholic healthcare, described in the article “A Case Study: Formation Across the Workforce” in Health Progress Sept-Oct 2011, and chairs the Catholic Identity committee of the university. The second area of interest in teaching is in the translation of theological concepts through the lens of popular culture. The Sports and Religion undergraduate course is one example, where concepts of religion (myth, narrative, ritual, community, ethics) are explored and understood through how they function in contemporary sports. The third foci is effective preparation of persons for ministry in the wider church for the 21st century, especially as ministry exists outside the institutional church.
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