Emily A. Holmes, Professor, joined the Religion and Philosophy faculty at CBU in 2008. She holds degrees from Emory University (Ph.D.), Harvard University (M.T.S.), University of Cambridge (M.Phil.), and Tulane University (B.A.). Trained as a constructive theologian grounded in the history of theology, her research focuses on the incarnation and its implications for Christian life and practices. Her book, Flesh Made Word: Medieval Women Mystics, Writing, and the Incarnation, places medieval women’s writings in conversation with postmodern feminist theory to suggest an expansive understanding of incarnation. Her co-edited collections (Women, Writing, Theology, and Breathing with Luce Irigaray) present innovative international work in the areas of women’s theological writing and feminist engagements with the philosophy of breath. Her current research extends an incarnational framework to community-based food practices enhancing the ways we grow, eat, and share food.
Dr. Holmes’s current work around food justice has been inspired and informed by partnerships with a variety of community organizations addressing food insecurity and access, including Grow Memphis, the Memphis Center for Food and Faith, Memphis Tilth, Church Health, Delta EATS, Big Green Learning Gardens, and the Mid-South Farm to Table Conference. These partnerships have also shaped her leadership of the CBU food committee and the CBU Vanderhaar Community Peace Garden.
At CBU, Dr. Holmes teaches courses in world religions, Christian spirituality, women and Christianity, religion and environment, and the spirituality and ethics of eating. She also teaches in the D.Min. program in Land, Food, and Faith Formation at Memphis Theological Seminary and is an affiliate faculty in the Rhodes College Institute for Health Equity and Community Justice.
Publications and Research Focus
Flesh Made Word: Medieval Women Mystics, Writing, and the Incarnation (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2013).
Breathing with Luce Irigaray, co-edited with Lenart Škof (London: Bloomsbury, 2013).
Women, Writing, Theology: Transforming a Tradition of Exclusion, co-edited with Wendy Farley (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2011).
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
“What we raise ourselves’: Food Sovereignty in the Mississippi Delta.” Co-authored with Dr. Mary Campbell and Mr. Ryan Betz. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. Published March 22, 2022.
“Sow, Grow, Know, and Show’: The Impact of School Gardens on Student Self-Perception in the Mississippi Delta.” Co-authored with Dr. Mary Campbell, Dr.Wesley James, and Dr. Karen Matthews. Ecology of Food and Nutrition. 60: 2. Published online October 13, 2020:
“Race, Religion, and Justice: From Privilege to Solidarity in the Mid-South Food Movement.” Co-authored with Christopher Peterson. In Food Justice in US and Global Contexts: Bringing Theory and Practice Together, ed. Ian Werkheiser and Zachary Piso (Springer, 2017).
“Know Food, Know Peace? Community-Based Agriculture and the Practice of Non-violence,” in The Poesis of Peace: Narratives, Cultures, and Philosophies, ed. Klaus-Gerd Giesen, Carool Kersten, and Lenart Skof (Routledge, 2017).
“Ecofeminist Christology, Incarnation, and the Spirituality and Ethics of Eating,” Poligrafi 69/70 (Winter 2013): 29-49
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