Scholar in Residence

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 9:30am
Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 9:30am
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 9:30am

Foundry is excited to welcome Rev. Dr. Amy Laura Hall as our Scholar in Residence for 2017. Rev. Dr. Hall will be leading a series of three engagements on the ideas and topics in her recently published collection of political essays and sermons, Writing Home with Love: Politics for Neighbors and Naysayers. Paperback versions are available for purchase for the discounted price of $14 at the Foundry Welcome Desk.

A self-called “Irreverent Reverend", Rev. Dr. Amy Laura Hall and has spoken to academic and ecclesiastic groups across the U.S. and Europe and writes a blog “for out-of-the-box Christians and other curious people” at There she addresses subjects as diverse as Moonlight and Brokeback Mountain, the national anthem protest, the movie Spotlight, and political icons including former President Jimmy Carter and former Texas Representative Barbara Jordan. 

About Scholar In Residence Discussions: Our 2017 discussions will be held at 9:30 AM on Saturdays, May 20, August 12, and November 4. Each discussion will be in the Community Commons at Foundry UMC and is free and open to the public. Come and bring your friends, neighbors, and naysayers for a lively discussion. 

More about Rev. Dr. Hall: She is the Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke Divinity School and author of numerous published essays and three books, including “Kierkegaard and the Treachery of Love,” “Conceiving Parenthood: The Protestant Spirit of Biotechnological Reproduction,” and “Writing Home with Love: Politics for Neighbors and Naysayers.” She is a professor at Duke University, where she has served on the steering committee of the Genome Ethics, Law, and Policy Center.  More information about her books and her career may be found at

An ordained elder in The Unitied Methodist Church, Hall has served on the Bioethics Tasks Force and is a member of the Rio Texas Annual Conference. Her service with the community includes an initiative called Labor Sabbath, an effort with the AFL-CIO of North Carolina to encourage congregations of faith to talk about the usefulness of labor unions. Her complete bio is available here. Her blog is ProfligateGrace, and she tweets as @ProfligateGrace