My name is Craig Uffman. Prior to completing a Ph.D in theological ethics 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. My wife and I are avid fans of Navy, LSU, North Carolina, and Duke sports, and 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. I am a Protestant theologian whose catholicism is of the form one finds among ‘open evangelicals’ in England. Given that my most important influences are Karl Barth, John Howard Yoder, Stanley Hauerwas, and Sam Wells, I’d be much more likely to identify as a Wesleyan Anglo-Baptist than as an Anglo-Catholic. That fits naturally with my academic interests which are principally in the field of ecclesial ethics.
My dissertation focused on the virtue ethics of Richard Hooker, particularly as it pertains to ‘how the mind of Christ is formed in community,’ in conversation with the ecclesial ethics of Thomas Aquinas, Barth, Hauerwas, and 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.
In the past few years, I’ve sensed a call to support and extend my teaching ministry by writing more. My dialogue with my Covenant colleagues and posts on the Covenant blog are partial responses to that call.
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