Kyle Lambelet

Assistant Professor in the Practice of Theology and Ethics; Director of Formation Communities
Kyle Lambelet
Phone: 404.727.1820
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    • PhD, University of Notre Dame, 2017
    • MTS, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, 2012
    • BA, Azusa Pacific University, 2005

    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 concentration and in the Episcopal and Anglican Studies certificate. 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.

    Select Publications

    • Faculty Publication


    ¡Presente! Nonviolent Politics and the Resurrection of the Dead, Georgetown University Press, 2020

    Chapters and Articles

    “A Spirituality of Conflict Work: Impasse, apophasis, imitatio,” in Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality, Johns Hopkins University Press, Volume 22, Number 2, Fall 2022

    "My Grandmother's Oil Well," in Words for a Dying World: Stories of Grief and Courage from the Global Church, SCM Press, 2020

    "Viral Sovereignty," in Political Theology, vol. 21, no. 3: 169–71, April 2, 2020

    "Translating Paulo Freire," in Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, vol. 36, no. 1, 2020

    "Mourning the Dead, Following the Living," Journal of Religious Ethics, vol. 47, issue 3, September 2019

    "Conflict as Communion: Toward an agonistic ecclesiology," Journal of Anglican Studies, vol. 17, issue 2, November 2019

    "Taking a Stand (or a Seat) in the Peace Studies Classroom," in Teaching Peace and War: Pedagogy and Curricula, Routledge, 2019

    "Nonviolence as a Tradition of Moral Praxis," Expositions, vol. 13, no. 2, 2019

    "'How Long O Lord?' Lamentation and Political Agency," in Bridging Scripture and Moral Theology: Essays in Dialogue with Yiu Sing Lúcás Chan, S.J., Lexington Books, 2019

    "Taking a Stand (or a Seat) in the Peace Studies Classroom," Peace Review, vol. 30, issue 3, 2018

    "Lovers of God's Law: The politics of the higher law and the ethics of civil disobedience," Political Theology, vol. 19, issue 7, 2018

    Vox, "Are we doomed? An investigation" (December 29, 2020)

    Political Theology, "Being ¡Presente! An interview with Diana Taylor" (December 22, 2020)

    The Christian Century, "Messianic protest against the School of the Americas" (August 7, 2020)

    "The Strange Threat of Resurrection," (April 18, 2020)

    Political Theology Network, "Viral Sovereignty" (April 13, 2020)

    The Other Journal, "Counting on Apocalypse" (November 14, 2019)

    Radical History Review, Volume 2019, Issue 135, "Sanctuary in a Small Southern City: An interview with Anton Maisonet-Flores" (October 1, 2019)