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Kathleen Henderson Staudt, Ph.D.

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Kathleen (Kathy) Henderson Staudt, Ph.D. has been teaching at VTS since 1994. Serving as an affiliated faculty member, over the years she has taught courses in Theology and Literature, Ministry, especially the Ministry of all the Baptized; Poetry and Contemplative writing as spiritual practices; as well as other aspects of Practical Theology and Theology and the Arts. She currently teaches Christian Spirituality in both the MDiv program and the Doctoral programs.

Dr. Staudt completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Yale University in 1980. Her dissertation, “Metaphor, Sign and Sacrament: The Problem of Transcendence in Shelly, Mallarme and David Jones” brought together literary theory and sacramental theology to explore how poetic language claims and attempts to express in language what is by definition inexpressible.

After completing her doctorate, she served as visiting professor of English at Temple University and assistant professor of Humanities and Communications at Drexel University. She served as senior lecturer in the Honors Program at the University of Maryland from 1994-2012, and she continues to serve as adjunct faculty in Religion and Literature at the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary, where she has taught since 1993.

She is the author of several published books: At the Turn of a Civilization: David Jones and Modern Poetics (University of Michigan, 1994); Annunciations: Poems Out of Scripture (Mellen Poetry Press, 2003) and Waving Back: Poems of Mothering Life (Finishing Line Press, 2009). She has contributed essays to a number of published volumes and journals on the Anglo-Welsh artist and writer David Jones and is the convener of the David Jones Society in North America, and has also published scholarly essays on the work of Evelyn Underhill. Several of her poems are included in the volume Imago Dei: Poems from Christianity and Literature (2012). Other essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in Weavings, Christianity and Literature, Sewanee Theological Review, Anglican Theological Review, Cross Currents, Ruminate, and Spiritus.

Since completing her graduate certificate in Spiritual Direction at the Washington Theological Union in 2003, Kathy has offered spiritual direction to seminary students and others in ministry in the area. She also facilitates the “Pathfinders” group in Vienna, VA, an ecumenical young adults group devoted to Bible study and fellowship in a progressive Christian context. She has offered retreats and workshops at many churches and retreat centers, both locally and nationally, including the annual Evelyn Underhill Day of Quiet offered at the Washington National Cathedral each year in June, as well as conferences on poetry as a spiritual practice.