"It is a very unique experience to be a faculty member at EDS and engage in the continuing moral formation of women and men for contemporary ministries – parish ministries, hospital and prison ministries, and social change ministries. Here, I know I am part of cutting edge theological education for our times, and can explore in courses such moral issues as the Church in relation to worker justice, classism, and ministry in interfaith settings."
The Reverend Dr. Joan M. Martin, William W. Rankin Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Episcopal Divinity School, has been a member of the faculty since the academic year 1993, and began teaching in 1994. Martin teaches a range of courses from the traditional introductory courses in Christian ethics to courses in contemporary issues such as “Womanist and Women of Color Ethics,” “African American Christian Social Ethics,” “Vocation and Work in Church and Society,” “The Church, Class, and the U.S./Global Economy,” In addition to her teaching and committee responsibilities, she serves as the coordinator of the Doctor of Ministry degree program, and advisor to the institutional anti-racism and anti-oppression, “Change Team II.”
Presently, Martin is a member of the Womanist Group in Church and Society Steering Committee of the American Academy of Religion, and also serves in the Wabash Consultants Program. In addition, she has served on faculty facilitation teams for the AAR/Lilly Year-Long Workshop on Teaching the Motherlode: The African American Religious Experience, and two prior Wabash year-long workshops. For the academic year 2010-2011, she was a staff facilitator for the Wabash Pre-Tenured Faculty Yearlong Workshop.
Martin is author of More Than Chains and Toil: A Christian Work Ethic of Enslaved Women (Westminster/John Knox Press); editing collective member for Your Daughters Shall Prophesy: Feminist Alternatives in Theological Education (Pilgrim Press); and has essays and chapters in numerous books and journals. Her most recent published essay is, "'Women's Work' is Never Done: Women's Low-Wage Labor and Struggles for Moral Agency" in Women in Christianity (Greenwood Publishing Group). Martin is an ordained Presbyterian minister (PCUSA).