Dr. Kane is fascinated by the intersections of culture and moral decision-making, studying how our cultural identities shape our understanding of right and wrong, and how they shape our understanding of God’s work in the world. He helps students explore the religious practices and teachings that enable us to form communities of love and justice and consider what ones detract from such formation.
A Virginia native, Kane was ordained in 2009 in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Before coming to VTS in 2017, Kane was the Senior Associate Rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, VA. There he crafted innovative adult education offerings and played a leading role in launching and sustaining efforts to serve Alexandria’s most vulnerable citizens.
In 2002, Kane was appointed to the Episcopal Church’s Young Adult Service Corps, working for The New Sudan Council of Churches in East Africa (now the South Sudan Council of Churches). He spent three years working with South Sudanese peacemaking efforts before returning to Virginia in 2005 to attend divinity school and then serve as associate rector at St. Paul’s.
These experiences have led Kane to explore how communities shape moral identity and spiritual community. He is the author of Syncretism and Christian Tradition: Race and Revelation in the Study of Religious Mixture (Oxford University Press, 2021), as well as numerous other publications in academic and popular presses. His writing explores the lived experience of religious communities, particularly the incorporation of new and unfamiliar expressions of belief and practice. He is currently working on a guide to politics for parish life.
Dr. Kane frequently presents lectures and seminars on topics such as:
- religion and culture
- everyday ethics
Kane and his wife, Liz Doughty Kane, have two sons, Stephen and Philip.
Ph.D. Religious Studies, University of Virginia
M.Div. and Certificate in Anglican Studies, Duke Divinity School
B.A. Foreign Affairs with a minor in Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Syncretism and Christian Tradition: Race and Revelation in the Study of Religious Mixture. Oxford University Press, 2020.
s.v. “Syncretism,” in Routledge Encyclopedia of African Studies, forthcoming. Article-length encyclopedia entry.