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Faculty

Laura Schmidt Roberts, Ph.D.

School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences

Education history

  • Ph.D., Systematic and Philosophical Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, 2003
  • M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, 1994
  • B.A., English, University of California at Berkeley, 1988

About

Raised primarily in Fresno, Dr. Roberts returned in 1994 to begin teaching in Fresno Pacific’s Biblical and Religious Studies division. While administrative roles have often accompanied her work in the classroom, she currently enjoys teaching theological and biblical studies fulltime. Areas of academic and research interest include Anabaptist-Mennonite theology, ecotheology and environmental ethics, theological anthropology, and applications of Paul Ricoeur’s philosophical hermeneutics.

Selected works

  • CONCERN for the Church in the World: Essays on Christian Responsibility, 1958-1963, Series and Volume Editor, Wipf & Stock, 2022.
  • CONCERN for Church Mission and Spiritual Gifts: Essays on Faith and Culture, 1958-1968, Series and Volume Editor, Wipf & Stock, 2022.
  • CONCERN for Church Renewal: Essays on Community and Discipleship, 1958-1966, Series and Volume Editor, Wipf & Stock, 2022.
  • CONCERN for Church Polity and Discipline: Essays on Pastoral Ministry and Communal Authority, 1958-1969, Series and Volume Editor, Wipf & Stock, 2022.
  • “Pandemic Liturgy: Implications for Mennonite Communal Identity and Ecclesiology,” Pandemic Learnings Session, Practical Theology Unit and the Association for Practical Theology, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Antonio, November 21, 2021.
  • Recovering from the Anabaptist Vision: New Essays in Anabaptist Identity and Theological Method, ed. Laura Schmidt Roberts, et al., T&T Clark Studies in Anabaptist Theology and Ethics, 2020.
  • “Refiguration, Configuration: Tradition, Text, and Narrative Identity,” in Recovering from the Anabaptist Vision: New Essays in Anabaptist Identity and Theological Method, ed. Laura Schmidt Roberts, et al., T&T Clark, 2020.
  • “Practical Formation: Teaching Critical Thinking via Ricoeur’s Hermeneutical Model,” in The Just University: Paul Ricoeur and the Hope of Higher Education, eds. Jeff Keuss and Daniel Boscaljon, Lexington Books, 2020.
  • “‘In the beginning is relation’: Re-forming Understanding of Human Creatureliness,” Direction 49, no. 1, Spring 2020.
  • “The Theological Place of Land: Watershed Discipleship as Re-placed Cultural Vision,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 94, no. 1, January 2020.

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