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Peace Pyunghwa Lee

Peace Lee

Note: Professor Lee joins the CDSP faculty in January 2021.

Instructor in Homiletics and Pastoral Theology
peace.lee@duke.edu
B.A., Macalester College
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
M.A., Princeton Theological Seminary
Th.D. Candidate, Duke Divinity School

Curriculum Vitae

Bio:

Peace Pyunghwa Lee (she/her) is a spiritual director, preacher, and an educator committed to decolonial and feminist praxis. Formative experiences of growing up in Korea and the Philippines and later immigrating to the United States as a preteen has imbued Peace with a humanizing and inclusive perspective. At the core of her faith is the affirmation of the sacred worth of all persons, as imago dei. 

Peace holds a B.A. in English literature from Macalester College and an M.Div/MA in Spiritual Formation from Princeton Theological Seminary.  She has completed her two-year Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides (SDSG) training at Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development in Camp Hill, PA. She is currently a Th.D candidate in Homiletics with a minor in Black Theology fat Duke Divinity School. Her research focuses on the politics and embodiment of preaching and her dissertation Unsettling Preaching: Toward an Unthought Homiletic seeks to recover a genealogy of preaching that resists and disrupts the death-dealing powers of white supremacist heteropatriarchy.

Why I Teach:

As a member of a Korean diaspora whose personal life history has been marked by the larger history of imperial colonialism, war, and Christian missionizing, as a racial and gendered other in a white supremacist culture, as one of few persons with decolonial perspective in my academic field of homiletics, I do not take the privilege of my training lightly and seek to serve and empower and create space for the marginalized and the oppressed from within the institutional borders of the church and the academy.  

As I undertake this path to serve the church and the academy, I know that my own call and commitment has been made possible only because of those who have gone before.  I wonder if my trajectory would have been different had I not had a woman preceptor and a woman professor when I took my own introductory preaching class – fearless and brave women whose very presence became a beacon of hope and possibility for me. Black female homiletician Rev Dr. Teresa Fry Brown once wrote that “our presence in the pulpit alone is a visual for justice” and so I remain committed to staying in the church and the academy and using my powers and privileges as a scholar and preacher to create space for other voices to rise.  

Courses Taught:

  • coming soon

Selected Publications:

Narrative Article: “A Word to Live By,” in ChristianityNext: Asian Americans And Evangelicals, ed.Young Lee Hertig. Winter 2019

Translation: “Falling and Rising: Korean Protestant Preaching and the Possibility of Apophatic

Theology” by Young-Hyun Choi in International Journal of Homiletics Vol 3 (2018)

Review of Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach For Your Time and Place in Asian American Theological Forum. 2018. 

Recent Presentations:

“Racing the Pandemic: Anti-Asian Sentiment in the Covid-19 Era” with Lisa Beyeler-Yvarra on Feminists Talk Religion podcast by Feminist Studies in Religion, Inc (FSR, Inc)  (Apr 24, 2020). https://www.fsrinc.org/feminists-talk-religion-podcast/

“Wrestling with the Text” with Katherine Guerrero, Kim Ayala-Kim, and Miriam Cho on A More Equal Pulpit: When Women Preach podcast, episode 3 by ISAAC (Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity), (Nov 25, 2019). https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-3-wrestling-with-the-text/id1487761044?i=1000457894725

“The Whiteness in the Witness of (Korean) Preaching” for 2018 APARRI Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative Claremont, CA (July 18-21, 2018)
“Eluding Grammar’s Capture: A Genealogy of Rapture” Politics of Movement: Racialization, Religion, Migration for Northwestern University’s Buffett Institute Evanston, IL (April 7-8, 2017)