Emmanuel Y. Lartey

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Pastoral Theology and Spiritual Care
Emmanuel Y. Lartey
Phone: 404.727.6594
    • PhD, The University of Birmingham (England), 1984
    • BA Hons., University of Ghana, Legon, 1978

    The Rt. Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Y. Lartey teaches pastoral theology, care, and counseling at Candler, as well as in the Person, Community, and Religious Life program in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion. Lartey came to Candler in 2004, and previously taught pastoral and practical theology at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. In 2020, he was appointed Suffragan Bishop for the North American Mission Diocese of The Methodist Church Ghana.

    Lartey’s research examines pastoral and spiritual care theories and practices operating in African, European and American cultures. An internationally acclaimed scholar, Lartey is recognized as a pioneer in the development of an intercultural approach to pastoral care and counseling, which argues for and models respectful engagement across racial, gender, class, cultural and religious boundaries. His 1997 book, In Living Color: An Intercultural Approach to Pastoral Care and Counseling (Jessica Kingsley, 2nd ed., 2003), now in its second edition, is internationally used as a textbook in pastoral care.

    An ordained elder in the Methodist Church (Ghana), Lartey works across religious traditions, preparing chaplains to serve in religiously plural environments. His 2013 book, Postcolonializing God: An African Practical Theology (SCM, 2013), provides inspiration for all concerned with human liberation and a more just and compassionate world.

    Lartey serves on numerous advisory and executive boards in the church and academy, including the Trans-Atlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race and the executive committee of Emory’s Religion and Public Health Collaborative. He currently serves on the editorial board of the  Black Theology: An International Journal. Lartey holds leadership roles in two professional guilds, the African Association for Pastoral Studies and Counseling and the International Association for Spiritual Care, and is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for the Study of Black Religion, among several other professional organizations. He has been a guest lecturer and visiting scholar at universities, conferences and churches around the world.

    Selected Publications

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    Co-editor,Postcolonial Practices of Care: A project of togetherness during Covid-19 and Racial Violence, Wipf & Stock, Pickwick Publications, 2022

    Co-editor,International Handbook of Practical Theology, Walter De Gruyter Publishers, 2022

    Co-editor,Postcolonial Images of Spiritual Care: Challenges of Care in a Neoliberal Age, Wipf & Stock, 2020

    Co-editor,Pastoral Care, Health, Healing, and Wholeness in African Contexts, Wipf and Stock, 2017

    Postcolonializing God: An African Practical Theology, SCM Press, 2013

    Pastoral Theology in an Intercultural World, Wipf and Stock, 2013

    Co-editor,Spirituality and Culture in Pastoral Care and Counseling: Voices from Different contexts, Cardiff Academic Press, 2004

    Co-author,Pastoral Care and Counseling: Redefining Paradigms, Abingdon Press, 2004

    In Living Color: An Intercultural Approach to Pastoral Care and Counselling, Second Edition, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003

    Co-editor,The Church and Healing: Echoes from Africa, Peter Lang Publishing, 1994

    Pastoral Counselling in Inter-Cultural Perspective: A Study of Some African (Ghanaian) and Anglo-American Views on Human Existence and Counselling, Peter Lang Publishing, 1987

    Chapters and Articles

    "Postcolonializing Pastoral Theology: Enhancing the Intercultural Paradigm," in Pastoral Theology and Care: Critical Trajectories in Theory and Practice, Wiley Blackwell, 2018

    "The Ancestors are Everywhere: Black Church Studies and the African Context," in The Black Church Studies Reader, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

    "'When I am weak, then I am strong': An African Christian reflection on the ambiguities, paradoxes and challenges of pastoral power," in Soft Shepherd or Almighty Pastor: Power and Pastoral Care, Wipf and Stock, October 24, 2014

    Selected Awards

    The Provost's Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellent in Graduate and Professional Education for the Laney Graduate School, Emory University, 2023

    Appointed Suffragan Bishop (Presiding Bishop’s Deputy) for the North American Mission Diocese of the Methodist Church Ghana, 2020

    Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa), awarded by the University of Pretoria, South Africa

    ATS Lilly Theological Research Grant for the project Postcolonializing God: An African Practical Theology, Faculty Fellowship

    Candler Black Excellence: Emmanuel Lartey on Pastoral and Spiritual Care, May 6, 2021

    "Choosing Life for One Another" - The Wabash Center's Dialogue on Teaching podcast, episode 42, May 18, 2020

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, January 31, 2017

    Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, October 30, 2014

    Selected Courses

    Global Perspectives on Pastoral Care

    International Perspectives on Pastoral Care

    Inter-religious Spiritual Care

    Introduction to Pastoral Care

    Spiritual Care in African Religious Traditions