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.