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Karen Finch

Karen Petersen Finch

Assistant Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: (509) 777-3891
Fax: (509) 777-3274
Office Location: Westminster Hall 123
E-mail: kfinch@whitworth.edu

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Ph.D., Gonzaga University

M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary
B.A. Pomona College

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty:  2008

Areas of Specialization / Expertise:

Reformed theology (Calvin); Roman Catholic theology (Lonergan); ecumenical dialogue; the doctrine of God; apologetics; Western worldview studies; the theory and practice of forgiveness

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors:

Completed dissertation through Gonzaga University, titled, "Knowledge that Divides: Reformed-Catholic Dialogue and the Challenge of Epistemology" (2009).

Publications include: author of "The Image of God, Servant Leadership and Forgiveness" in International Journal of Servant Leadership (2007); author of "A Calvinist Learns from Lonergan: Reflections on the Sovereignty-Freedom Debate" in METHOD: Journal of Lonergan Studies (2005); author of "Jesus Christ our Only Comfort: The Christology of the Heidelberg Catechism," in pfr reFORM (spring 1999).

Presentations include:  Podcast Interview with Dr. Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, November 1, 2012;  “John Calvin, Postmodernism and Power (three lectures),” 25th Annual Reformation Heritage Lectures, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama (October 2012); "That Darned Predestination, In a New Light," Annual Conference of Presbyterian Women, Glacier Presbytery, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Lakeside, Montana (August 2012);“Jesus Christ as Prophet, Priest and King” and “The Definition of Chalcedon: Why it Matters Today” Mountain States Wee Kirk Conference, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Albuquerque, New Mexico (May 2012); "Evangelism in a Postmodern Context," Transitional Ministries Education, Synod of Alaska- Northwest, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Palisades Retreat Center (August 2011); "Calvin for Congregations (three lectures)," Whitworth Institute of Ministry, Whitworth University (July 2011); "Ecumenism and Epistemology," at the Northwest Lonergan Symposium, Seattle (2010).

Member of the Editorial Review Board for The International Journal of Servant-Leadership (2011-present).

Member, South Africa Study Tour, January 2014.

Member, preaching team, Whitworth Chapel, 2011-2012.

Member, drafting committee, "A Theological Foundation for Intercultural Relations at Whitworth University" (2010).

Voted "Outstanding Student" in the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies 2008-2009 by the Graduate Student Association at Gonzaga University.

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