Timothy H. Robinson

Brite Divinity School educates and inspires people to serve God's diverse world as leaders in churches, the academy, and public life.

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Timothy Robinson joined the Brite faculty in 2006.  His research and teaching interests include the history of Christian spirituality, mysticism, ecotheology, the intersections of spirituality and social engagement—especially ecological and environmental justice—, and spiritual direction.  As a theological educator he draws on the contemplative and liturgical traditions and practices of Christianity, contemporary theology, and environmental philosophy to explore with students questions of human becoming, the nature of religious experience, the Sacred in everyday life, and planetary justice. Prior to his service at Brite, he served as pastor or associate pastor to congregations in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Louisville, KY, San Lorenzo, CA, Olathe, KS, and Lynchburg, VA.


Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, 2006
M.Div., Emmanuel School of Religion, 1993
Certificate in Urban Ministry, Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education, Chicago, 1990
Milligan College, B.A., Milligan College, 1987


  • Spiritual Life and Leadership
  • Ecojustice and Spirituality
  • Transforming Practices: Spirituality, Leadership, and Justice
  • Howard Thurman: Spirituality and the Quest for Justice
  • The Song of Songs in the History of Christian Spirituality
  • The Practice of Spiritual Direction
  • Christian Worship

Current Research Projects

  • A Companion to the Song of Songs in Christian Spirituality Book on eco-justice, spirituality, and hope
  • “Howard Thurman, the Christian Mystical Tradition, and Resisting Racism”
  • “The ‘Aliveness of Life’: Howard Thurman’s Mystical Naturalism”


  • The Reverend Edward Taylor’s Sacramental Meditations on the Song of Songs: The Erotic Devotion of an American Puritan. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2012.
  • Spirit and Nature: The Study of Christian Spirituality in a Time of Ecological Urgency Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2011.

Journal Articles, Book Chapters and Book Reviews

  • “Climate Change, Desert Spirituality, and the Liminal” The Voices of Liminality, ed. Timothy Carson (Lutterworth, 2018)
  • Review of Backpacking With the Saints: Wilderness Hiking as Spiritual Practice by Belden Lane, Theology Today 72:3 (October 2015):
  • Editor of “Symposium on Multiple Spiritual Identities,” Spiritus 15:1 (Spring 2015)
  • "The Role of Nature in Spiritual Formation," Leaven 22:1 (Winter 2014)
  • “Interfaith Perspectives on Religious Practices,” with Nancy Ramsay, Theological Education 47:2 (2013): 35-38
  • “Sanctified Waters: Toward a Baptismal Ethic of Creation Care,” Leaven 21:3 (2013)
  • Review of Monica Weis, The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton, Spiritus 13:1 (Spring 2013)
  • “The Fish of the Sea Perish: Lamenting Ecological Ruin,” Liturgy 27:2 (2012)
  • “Calvin’s Doctrine of the Lord’s Supper: Modern Reception and Contemporary Possibilities,” in Calvin’s Theology and Its Reception, ed. by J. Todd Billings and I. John Hesselink (Westminster/John Knox, 2012)
  • "Jonathan Edwards: On Religious Affections" in Arthur Holder, ed., Christian Spirituality: The Classics (Routledge: 2010)
  • “Erotic Mysticism in Puritan Eucharistic Spirituality,” Studies in Spirituality 19/1 (2009)

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion
Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
Green Seminary Initiative (member of the steering committee, 2007-present)
Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion
Spiritual Directors International