Rev. Constance Pope

Biographical Sketch

Reverend Constance Pope entered ministry in 1987 and was ordained an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1992, by Bishop James Haskell Mayo. She holds a Master of Divinity degree in Theology and completed her doctoral exams and coursework in Constructive Theology at the University of Chicago. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of Liberation Theologies, Religion and Ecology, Environmental Racism and Justice, Racial Reconciliation, Womanist Theology and Ethics, Black Women’s Religious Experience, Youth Ministry, and Process Philosophy and Theology.

Rev. Pope has work experience in Pastoral Care and Ministry in the Christian Church as well as experience in Youth Leadership and Development in non-profit organizations. Her work at the community level has consisted of the design and development of programs geared toward the prevention of youth violence, school-based health education, public policy advocacy, and community-based initiatives concerned with the prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse among youth and adults.

Rev. Pope has devoted her life to the study of women’s roles in church and society and considers herself to be a theologian-in-community. Her first published essay of 1994, “Bricks without Straw: Women in Ministry Retelling the Story,” has been cited in The Blackwell Bible Commentaries (2005) and has been used as a curriculum resource for courses in Theology at Santa Clara University. Rev. Pope is the recipient of the prestigious Martin Luther King/Cesar Chavez/Rosa Parks Future Faculty Fellowship awarded by the Michigan Higher Education Association and the North American Doctoral Fellowship of the Fund for Theological Education, She is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the International Society of Theta Phi (an honorary society for religious leaders and scholars).