Now, on a sad note. Over the last several months, I have been in conversation with some folks at Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Mich., about an academic position in congregational and ministry studies. After much prayer, I have decided to accept the position of assistant professor of congregational and ministry studies at Calvin College, and will start my new job in August. My family resides in and around Grand Rapids, so the Calvin position became very attractive for my whole family. While we are excited about moving to Grand Rapids, we are also sad to leave many good friends, colleagues and students at Whitworth.
Todd Cioffi (2007-present) assistant professor of theology
As I reflect over this past academic year, I am both happy and sad. I am happy in that it's been a great year for teaching, research and contributing to the life of the local church in Spokane. I taught two new courses at Whitworth: Christianity and Culture, for the M.A. in theology program, and Christian Political Thought, an upper-division course for the theology and political science departments. Both courses were a delight to teach. Beyond teaching, I was able to send off for publication two articles on Karl Barth and political theology and two book reviews. Although publishing adds to a very busy teaching schedule, it's very satisfying to participate in a wider academic conversation. Finally, I've had the good fortune to get involved in several local congregations. In the fall, I offered two adult education opportunities on faith and politics, one at Knox Presbyterian Church and another at Manito Presbyterian Church. This past winter and spring, at Hamblen Presbyterian Church, I offered an adult education series on the history of the church through the Reformation at Christian Covenant Church and on The Shack. In addition, Pastor Scott Starbuck at Manito Presbyterian Church and I put together and hosted a panel discussion on the "New Atheism" at Auntie's Bookstore in downtown Spokane. Nearly 200 people showed up for the event, and we had a good discussion on issues surrounding theism and atheism.
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