Elizabeth Corrie

Professor in the Practice of Youth Education and Peacebuilding; Director of the Religious Education Program
Elizabeth Corrie
Phone: 404.727.2917
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  • PhD, Emory University, 2002
  • MDiv, Emory University, 1996
  • BA, College of William and Mary, 1993

Dr. Elizabeth Corrie’s teaching draws on commitments to both peace with justice and the education of young people, particularly the development of teaching and ministry that empower people for global citizenship. She joined Candler’s faculty in 2007, and is also the director of the Religious Education Program.

Having focused her doctoral work in 19th century philosophy and theology, Corrie became increasingly interested in practical theology as her work with youth and in peace and justice activism deepened. Her research interests include transformative pedagogy, theories of nonviolence, and conflict transformation. Her current research, supporting by a Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers, focuses on creating a new approach to youth ministry that teaches young people how to overcome disempowerment and transform violence in their communities.

Corrie is an active lay member of The United Methodist Church, serving as a delegate to annual and jurisdictional conferences, and as a reserve delegate to General Conference in 2012, 2016 and 2020. She is a director of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, and a member of the Social Justice League of Neighborhood Church UMC. Corrie is also a member of the advisory boards of Kairos USA and the Youth Theology Network, and she speaks regularly in churches and schools on topics related to youth and contemporary culture, as well as the role people of faith can play in building peace in the United States and abroad. Corrie is also a member of the Religious Education Association, the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry, and the American Academy of Religion.

In 2008, she received the Eleanor Richardson Award from the North Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, in recognition of exemplary ministries of justice and peace, and in 2017 she received the Exemplary Teacher Award from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church.

Selected Publications
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Youth Ministry as Peace Education: Overcoming Silence, Transforming Violence, Fortress Press, 2021

Contributing Writer,The CEB Women's Bible. Common English Bible, 2016

General Editor,The CEB Student Bible. Abingdon Press, 2015

Chapters and Articles

"Deliberative Democratic Theological Education: A Proposal for Youth Ministry that Builds Peace," in Religious Education 115:3 (May 2020)

“Review: Reset the Heart: Unlearning Violence, Relearning Hope,” in Interpretation, January 01, 2019

"Crossing Over: Transforming the War on Kids Through Ministries with Youth." Conflict Transformation and Religion, Palgrave, August 09, 2016

"Becoming Christ's Hands and Feet in the World: The Vocational Formation of Staff." How Youth Ministry Can Change Theological Education - If We Let It, Eerdmans, March 29, 2016

"Stopping the Zombie Apocalypse: Ascetic Withdrawal as a Tool for Learning Civic Engagement." Teaching Civic Engagement, Oxford University Press, January 04, 2016

"Story Time: How to be the Kind of Adult that Youth Actually Want and Need." Circuit Rider, The United Methodist Church, November 17, 2015

"The Church as Peacebuilder in the War on Kids." Insights, vol. 130, no. 1, Austin Presbyterian Seminary, October 01, 2014

"Christian Liturgy Spilling Out into the World: Youth as Public Theologians." Liturgy, vol. 29, no.1, Taylor & Francis, January 01, 2014

"From Civic Engagement to Circles of Grace: Teaching Teachers to Empower Youth for Global Citizenship." Teaching Theology and Religion, vol. 16, no. 2, Wabash Center, April 01, 2013

"Exploring Conflict and Peacebuilding through Sacred Space: A Course on World Religions." Practical Matters, issue 5, Emory University, March 01, 2012

Selected Awards

Grant from the Louisville Institute for research project "Youth Ministry as Peace Education: Cultivating Faith that Overcomes Silence and Transforms Violence," 2019.

Exemplary Teacher Award, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, The United Methodist Church, 2016-2017.

Eleanor Richardson Award, Methodist Federation for Social Action, North Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church

Fund for Internationalization Research Award, Emory University, 2000-2001.

Dissertation Research Grant, Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst, Berlin, Germany, 2000-2001.

P.E.O. Scholar Award, International Sisterhood of P.E.O., 1999-2000.

Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society, Emory University

International Society of Theta Phi, Honors Society for Theological Students, Scholars in the Field of Religion, and Outstanding Religious Leaders, Candler School of Theology

Phi Beta Kappa Society, College of William and Mary

Highest Honors, Thesis in Religion, Religion Department, College of William and Mary

Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society, College of William and Mary

Faith Forward podcast, "Youth Ministry as a Practice of Nonviolence" (September 20, 2021)

The Middle Way podcast, "Nonviolence for Normal People" (September 7, 2021)

Nothing Never Happens, "Reclaiming the Image of Young People as Citizens: Part One of a Conversation with Beth Corrie" (February 25, 2020)

Nothing Never Happens, "The Practice of Transforming Power: Part Two of a Conversation with Beth Corrie" (February 25, 2020)

Yale Center for Faith and Culture, "Addressing Structural Oppression with Youth" (March 15, 2019)

Yale Center for Faith and Culture, "Why Youth Feel Disempowered" (March 15, 2019)

Yale Center for Faith and Culture, "On Overcoming Generational Divide in the Church" (March 15, 2019)

Yale Center for Faith and Culture, "Youth Ministers Teaching Peacemaking" (March 15, 2019)

Interview with Dr. David Anderson Hooker and Dr. Itihare Toure, Yale Youth Ministry Institute's Joy and Adolescent Faith & Flourishing Series, "Dr. Elizabeth Corrie on The Game of Life" (November 7, 2018)

"Be Bold, Be Open" - Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, September 6, 2018

Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, September 15, 2016

Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, October 1, 2015

Moderator, "POLITY: The Kingdom of God and Global Pluralism" - Prophetic Voices Centennial Academic Conference, Cannon Chapel, March 20, 2015

"Welcoming the Weak" - Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, September 9, 2014

"The Church as Peacemaker in the War on Kids" - Office Hours: Practical Ministry Webinars, January 16, 2014

Selected Courses

Contextual Education Integrative Seminar

Empowering Youth for Global Citizenship

Introduction to Youth Ministry

Peacebuilding with Youth: Unlearning Violence, Learning Nonviolence

Teaching Peace in Congregations