Form: Blog Post Written: Spring 2013 Published by: Indiana Wesleyan University’s Modern Language and Literature blog Imagine you’re a second-year graduate student. You’re sitting in the well-decorated living room of your thesis adviser; you were invited Read more...
I am a writer and educator in Indianapolis, Indiana. As my day job, I work as a freelance transcriptionist and substitute teacher at a private K-12 school in the city. On nights and weekends, I write both creatively (creative non-fiction, poetry) and academically. I have a master’s degree in Theology and Culture and in fall 2017 will begin a Ph.D. program in Ethics.
Master of the Arts in Theology & Culture
Concentration in Theology, Imagination, & the Arts
Thesis: “Canonizing Augustine’s Concubine: An Exploration of St. Augustine’s Theology of Desire through John Updike’s Fiction”
Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Writing, Concentration in Multimedia
GPA: 3.83, magna cum laude
- Followed prescribed lesson plans the primary teacher has prepared.
- Maintained an orderly classroom atmosphere.
- Maintained an accurate and current pupil progress and attendance records.
Courses: BTI 503 Old Testament Genre, TCE 575B Theology of Eroticism, TCE 509 Theology II, TCE 508 Theology I, BTI 504 New Testament Survey, CSL 527 Faith, Hope, and Love
- Assessed written work of 60-85 first-, second-, and third-year counseling and theology students each term.
- Held weekly office hours.
- Assisted students one-on-one in their research and writing process.
- Facilitated weekly seminar with theology students.
- Lectured on theology and Biblical studies.
- Instructed small groups and individual students of multi-ethnic and low-income backgrounds in reading, writing, and math skills.
- Assisted in teaching advanced English language learners in conversational English.
- Transcribed, edited, and organized lectures for the Allender Center’s counseling certificate programs.
- Transcribed and edited audio and video files for media and technology organizations, YouTube channels, news outlets, and universities both in the U.S. and abroad.
- Provided feedback to editors on the quality of their transcriptions.
- Led an award-winning newspaper staff of 15 in addition to 25 contributing writers.
- Weekly broadsheet newspaper served campus of 3,200 through print and online content.
- Edited weekly publication for content, grammar, and design.
- Wrote news stories or features weekly.
- Fact-checked, researched, and wrote blurbs and features for a city magazine with a distribution of more than 230,000.
- Contributed to Indianapolis Monthly’s City Guide, Travel Guide, and blog.
- Worked alongside and advocated for men and women with disabilities at a center for independent living.
- Designed, edited, and wrote copy for brochures, mailers, ads, and flyers for League programs.
- Managed, edited, co-designed, and wrote PLC’s first annual report.
- Wrote copy and created a multimedia piece for the PLC blog.
- Accompanied PLC staff to meetings with local partners to promote the NGO’s mission to provide heart surgeries for children and to “pursue peace among communities at odds.”
- Selected poetry thematically linked to the liturgical season and the Revised Common Lectionary.
- Read and curated volunteers to read poems during worship services.
- Fostered learning and spiritual environment for children ages 4 to 8.
- Supported the Storyteller in classroom activities, including art, storytelling, and snack.
- Served in ministry that provided bus passes, food, and clothing to low-income and homeless persons in Fort Wayne.
- Engaged one-on-one with clients in need of services, often providing spiritual assistance and prayer.
- Led weekly Bible study focused on global social justice issues.
- Participated in and co-led events aimed to foster social awareness, including a TOMS Shoes Walk and a fundraising concert for the Preemptive Love Coalition.
Theology & Literature
Follow my blog at theologyandliterature.com
Read a collection of my recent writing, from blog posts, academic essays, and creative pieces.
Form: Essay Written: Winter 2016/’17 Published by: The Other Journal A sign of the times, outrage followed the February release of Beyoncé’s “Formation” music video and her performance at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. Read more...
Form: 20-minute Symposia-style Presentation for the Seattle School community and alumni Presented: Fall 2015 Welcome. Thank you for being here. My name is Lauren. I am a 2014 graduate of the theology and culture program Read more...
Form: Blog Post Written: Spring 2013 Published by: The Seattle School’s Stories Blog At the Spring Banquet last year, a few weeks before I graduated from The Seattle School, I was asked to pray for the returning students. Read more...