Timothy H. Robinson

Brite Divinity School educates and inspires people to serve God's diverse world as leaders in churches, the academy, and public life.

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Timothy Robinson joined the Brite faculty in 2006.  His research and teaching interests include the history of Christian spirituality, mysticism, ecotheology, the intersections of spirituality and social engagement—especially ecological and environmental justice—, and spiritual direction.  As a theological educator he draws on the contemplative and liturgical traditions and practices of Christianity, contemporary theology, and environmental philosophy to explore with students questions of human becoming, the nature of religious experience, the Sacred in everyday life, and planetary justice. Prior to his service at Brite, he served as pastor or associate pastor to congregations in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Louisville, KY, San Lorenzo, CA, Olathe, KS, and Lynchburg, VA.


Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, 2006
M.Div., Emmanuel School of Religion, 1993
Certificate in Urban Ministry, Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education, Chicago, 1990
Milligan College, B.A., Milligan College, 1987


  • Spiritual Life and Leadership
  • Ecojustice and Spirituality
  • Transforming Practices: Spirituality, Leadership, and Justice
  • Howard Thurman: Spirituality and the Quest for Justice
  • The Song of Songs in the History of Christian Spirituality
  • The Practice of Spiritual Direction
  • Christian Worship
  • Thinking Theologically About Climate Justice
  • Martyrs, Monks, and Mystics: The History of Christian Spirituality

Current Research Projects

  • The Aliveness of Life: Howard Thurman’s Ecological Spirituality, work in progress under contract with Fortress Press


  • A Companion to the Song of Songs in Christian Spirituality, editor. Leiden: Brill Publishing, 2021
  • The Reverend Edward Taylor’s Sacramental Meditations on the Song of Songs: The Erotic Devotion of an American Puritan. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2012.
  • Spirit and Nature: The Study of Christian Spirituality in a Time of Ecological Urgency Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2011.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • “’He Talked to Trees’: ‘Thinking Differently’ About Nature with Howard Thurman,” Spiritus 21:1 (Spring 2021)
  • “Reimagining Christian Hope(lessness) in the Anthropocene,” Religions 11 (2020): 77- 87.
  • “Resisting Whatever Separates One from the Ground of Being: Howard Thurman’s Prophetic Appropriation of the Christian Mystical Tradition,” in Mysticism and Contemporary Life: Essays in Honor of Bernard McGinn, eds., John Markey and J. August Higgins (Herder and Herder / Crossroad, 2019): 127-144.
  • “Climate Change, Desert Spirituality, and the Liminal” The Voices of Liminality, ed. Timothy Carson (Lutterworth, 2018)
  • Editor of “Symposium on Multiple Spiritual Identities,” Spiritus 15:1 (Spring 2015)
  • "The Role of Nature in Spiritual Formation," Leaven 22:1 (Winter 2014)
  • “Interfaith Perspectives on Religious Practices,” with Nancy Ramsay, Theological Education 47:2 (2013): 35-38
  • “Sanctified Waters: Toward a Baptismal Ethic of Creation Care,” Leaven 21:3 (2013)
  • “The Fish of the Sea Perish: Lamenting Ecological Ruin,” Liturgy 27:2 (2012)
  • “Calvin’s Doctrine of the Lord’s Supper: Modern Reception and Contemporary Possibilities,” in Calvin’s Theology and Its Reception, ed. by J. Todd Billings and I. John Hesselink (Westminster/John Knox, 2012)
  • "Jonathan Edwards: On Religious Affections" in Arthur Holder, ed., Christian Spirituality: The Classics (Routledge: 2010)
  • “Erotic Mysticism in Puritan Eucharistic Spirituality,” Studies in Spirituality 19/1 (2009)

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion
Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
Green Seminary Initiative (member of the steering committee, 2007-present)
Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion
Spiritual Directors International