Timothy H. Robinson

Brite Divinity School educates women and men to lead in the ministry of Christ’s church, the academy and public life as witnesses to God’s reconciling and transforming love and justice.

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Timothy Robinson joined the Brite faculty in the fall of 2006 to teach in the areas of Christian spirituality and worship.  Ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Timothy spent 14 years serving as a pastor or associate pastor to Disciples of Christ congregations in Louisville, KY, San Lorenzo, CA, Olathe, KS, and Lynchburg, VA.  His courses address the history and practice of Christian spirituality and Christian worship, and how spirituality and liturgy inform and sustain transformative social engagement, especially ecological justice. He has authored two books and numerous articles, book chapters, and reviews treating the history of spirituality, sacramental theology, and the integration of ecological concerns with liturgical practice.  He serves on the board of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality and the editorial board of Spiritus. He is also active in the Christian Spirituality Group of the American Academy of Religion and the North American Academy of Liturgy.


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


  • Christian Worship
  • Ecojustice and Spirituality
  • History of Christian Spirituality
  • Prayer: Christian and Zen
  • Spiritual Formation in Congregational Life
  • Spiritual Life and Leadership
  • The Contemplative as Public Theologian: The Spirituality of Howard Thurman and Thomas Merton
  • Theology of the Lord's Supper


  • Puritan Spirituality: Classics of Western Spirituality. New York: Paulist Press (forthcoming, 2015)
  • 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, Book Chapters and Book Reviews

  • "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)
  • Review of Monica Weis, The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton, Spiritus 13:1 (Spring 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 (program co-chair of Christian Spirituality
Group, 2009-present)
Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
North American Academy of Liturgy
College Theology Society (Convener of the Spirituality Section, 2007-10)
Green Seminary Initiative (member of the steering committee, 2007-present)
Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion