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Professor Lockhart’s research interests include religious education, practical, liberation, and womanist theologies, ethics and society, multiple intelligences, embodied faith, theological aesthetics, theopoetics, creativity, imagination and play. Lockhart’s current research focuses on utilizing womanish play as pedagogy for teaching and learning across difference in theological education. Lockhart is ordained in the nondenominational tradition.
“My teaching takes seriously the benefits and necessity of play, movement, aesthetics, creative arts, and embodiment as foundational and I advocate for the usage of the body as a locus for doing theology and theological reflection. Engaged and embodied pedagogy, mutuality, and providing a ludic learning environment foster intercultural and interreligious learning, dialogue, and teaching that can be transformative. Using engaged and embodied pedagogy makes space for the embodied, ontological, and epistemological realities of all persons and communities allowing for the uplifting and valuing of diverse, and often marginalized, voices and experiences. I not only see myself as professor, but as a facilitator, rope jumper, game-player, sojourner, advocate, disruptor and catalyst for critical consciousness, liberation, and engagement that leads to action and change”
- B.A. Claflin University, 2008
- M.DIV. Wesley Theological Seminary, 2011
- M.A. Vanderbilt University, 2012
- Ph.D. Boston College, 2018
- Introduction to Christian Education
- Introduction to Pastoral Theology
- Living into Our Commitments
- Embodied Faith: Exploring Spirituality and Meaning Making through Play and Aesthetic Practices
- Youth Ministry
- “MyWildest Dream: A Letter to My Black Son.”Religious Education. Volume 115, 2020.
- “GotBody.”The FTE Guide to Discernment Retreats. Decatur: The Forum for Theological Exploration, 2019.
- Co-Author of Facilitator's Guideto United Against Racism: Churches for Change. National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA. Friendship Press, 2018.
- Review of The Grace of Playing: Pedagogies for Leaning into God’ New Creation by Courtney Goto in Religious Education Volume 112:3, 2017.
- Public Lecturewith Dr. Courtney Goto. “Holding Lighly: Cultivating Playfulness in Youth.” Joy and Adolescent Faith & Flourishing. Yale Divinity School, February 1, 2017.
- “Let’s Dance: Zumba and the Imago Dei ofBeautiful Black Bodies” The Other Journal: An Intersection of Theology & Culture. Vol. 26: Sport, Spring 2016.