"For 45 years I have been privileged to minister in an urban context, working in partnership with a wide variety of community-based and religious coalitions concerned about the death penalty, criminal justice reform, public education, housing, community development, environmental racism, and anti-oppression training. It is this perspective that I bring to my teaching and my service to the wider Church.”
The Rev. Canon Edward W. Rodman, John Seeley Stone Professor of Pastoral Theology and Urban Ministry, brings his experience ministering in an urban context with a variety of community-based and religious coalitions to the classroom. An advocate for social change, Rodman shares his skills in the areas of antiracism methods, social analysis, and theological reflection with students as they explore public policy toward people who are poor and marginalized, the ecumenical and interfaith dimension of the church’s ministry, leadership, and organizational development.
During his 45 years of ministry he has held three primary positions in the church, including assistant minister at St. Paul’s Church, New Haven, Connecticut; canon missioner for the Diocese of Massachusetts; and faculty at EDS. An active leader throughout the church, Rodman is a former member of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, one of the organizers of the Union of Black Episcopalians, a former urban hearings coordinator for the Urban Bishops Coalition, and the coordinator of the Episcopal Urban Caucus.
His publications include “Soul Sisters: The Emergence of Black Women’s Leadership” in Deeper Joy: Laywomen and Vocation in the 20th Century Episcopal Church (Church Publishing); “Evangelism Among African-American Youth” in Disorganized Religion: the Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults (Cowley); and “Seeking to Hear and to Heed in the Cities: Urban Ministry in the Post-War Episcopal Church” in Churches, Cities, and Human Community (Wm. B. Eerdmans); and When the Prisoners Ran Walpole (Southend Press).