Apple and The Episcopal Church announced today a new partnership aimed at redefining the way Christian discipleship is done, address intractable demographic trends in the Episcopal Church, and catalyze technology-led ecclesial change.
My name is Craig Uffman. Prior to completing a Ph.D in theology at Durham University, I received my M.Div at the Duke Divinity School, Duke University, in Durham, NC. Many years before that, I studied economics at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. I served as a nuclear submarine officer, and ultimately became president of a high technology company in Baton Rouge, LA. Along the way, I authored a book on small business lending in the credit union industry. While discerning a call to ordained ministry, I served in a variety of lay leadership positions and taught adult Sunday School for over twenty years.
I became the tenth rector of St Thomas’ Episcopal Church of Rochester, NY in September of 2010. I train for triathlon and marathon in my spare time.
The fact that I serve on the Fulcrum leadership team offers an important clue to my theological priorities. Relative to some colleagues in the Episcopal Church, I have a much greater interest in “Reformed” as an important adjective that qualifies my Anglican catholicism. That fits naturally with my academic interests which are principally in the field of ecclesial ethics. My scholarship focuses on the ethics of Richard Hooker, holding him in conversation with contemporary voices such as Karl Barth, Stanley Hauerwas, and Sam Wells. I have a strong interest in the role of the Church within society, the way the Church orders itself to fulfill its mission, and the way Christians participate in the self-ordering and interrelating of our communities and nations. Some colleagues have called me ‘radically ecumenical,’ which is a description to which I aspire.
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