Dr. Kyle Lambelet teaches and researches at the intersection of political theology, religious ethics and social change. His first book ¡Presente! Nonviolent Politics and the Resurrection of the Dead (Georgetown University Press, 2020) explores the moral and political dimensions of nonviolent struggle through an extended case study of the movement to close the School of the Americas. His current research examines the apocalyptic dimensions of talk about climate change, and how apocalyptic political theologies can offer resources for pastoral and political engagement in the midst of endings.
Before coming to Candler, Lambelet worked for several years in faith rooted organizing for racial and economic justice in the southeast United States. He lived for a season at the Open Door Community, a Catholic Worker community in Atlanta, and worked with the Greensboro Truth and Community Reconciliation project, the first citizen initiated truth and reconciliation process in the United States. Pursuing the questions formed during these experiences, he completed an MTS at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and a PhD in the joint degree program in Theology and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
At Candler, Lambelet teaches courses in the Justice, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (JPACT) concentration and in the Episcopal and Anglican Studies certificate program. He is also the director of formation communities, a program of living and learning residential communities for Candler students.
Lambelet is currently co-directing a team of pastoral and academic researchers with fellow Candler professor Ellen Ott Marshall exploring how the church and academy form Christian conflict workers theologically and practically as part of a Collaborative Team Grant from the Louisville Institute.
Lambelet is a committed lay leader in the Episcopal Church. He currently serves as the managing editor for the web presence of the Political Theology Network, a Luce funded initiative. He also serves on the board of the Fellowship for Protestant Ethics.