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Luther E. Smith, Jr.

Professor Emeritus of Church and Community
Luther E. Smith, Jr.
    • PhD, Saint Louis University, 1979
    • MDiv, Eden Theological Seminary, 1972
    • BA, Washington University, 1969

    Dr. Luther E. Smith Jr.'s current research focuses on the writings and correspondence of Howard Thurman, advocacy on behalf of children, and a spirituality of hope. Smith is an ordained elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

    In 2009, Smith received the Phillips School of Theology "Bishops Thomas Hoyt and Paul Stewart Institutional Ministry Award for Outstanding Service to the Ministry of Academics." In 2010, he was the recipient of Emory University's "2010 Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award," which is given "in recognition of the important role of classroom teaching in classroom teaching in collegiate and graduate education."

    Selected publications

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    Contributor, "Howard Thurman (1899-1981): Jesus and the Disinherited," in Christian Spirituality: The Classics Routledge2010

    Contributor, "When Celebrating Children is not Enough," in Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World Chalice Press2008

    Editor and Author of Introduction, Howard Thurman: Essential Writings Orbis Books2006

    Contributor, "To Be Untrammelled and Free: The Urban Ministry Work of the C.M.E. Church, 1944-1990)," in Churches, Cities, and Human Community: Urban Ministry in the United States Eerdmans1996

    Author, Intimacy and Mission: Intentional Community as Crucible for Radical Discipleship Wipf and Stock Publishers1994

    Author, Pan-Methodist Social Witness Resource Book African Methodist Episcopal Church Publishing House1991

    Author, Howard Thurman: The Mystic as Prophet Orbis Books1981

    Selected awards

    Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University, given in recognition of the important role of classroom teaching in classroom teaching in collegiate and graduate education

    Big Voice for Georgia's Children Award, Voices for Georgia's Children, Inc.

    Phillips School of Theology (at the Interdenominational Theological Center) Bishops Thomas Hoyt and Paul Stewart Institutional Ministry Award for Outstanding Service to the Ministry of Academics

    "On Eagle's Wings" Award for Excellence in Teaching, Candler School of Theology

    Distinguished Volunteer Award, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia

    "On Eagle's Wings" Award for Excellence in Teaching, Candler School of Theology

    Breveted rank of Captain, Capt. Charlton Hunt Tandy's St. Louis Guard

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars, Morehouse College

    Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society

    Distinguished Preacher for the Interdenominational Theological Center's Distinguished Preachers Series

    International Society of Theta Phi, an honor society for theological students, scholars in the field of religion, and outstanding religious leaders

    Distinguished Service Award, Mid St. Louis County Jaycees

    Distinguished Service Award, St. Louis Jaycees

    "Since We Are Surrounded" - Fall Centennial Convocation, October 24, 2014