Adair T. Lummis
Faculty Associate in Research
B.S. (Columbia University)
M.A. and Ph.D. (Columbia University)
Denominational Polity & Policies in Mission & Ministry; Gender, Spirituality and Leadership in Communities of Faith, Clergy Deployment, Competence and Health
phone: (860) 509-9547
fax: (860) 509-9551
Bio. and interests
Biographical Sketch and Interests
Adair Lummis is a sociologist of religion, who for over twenty years has been engaged in studies on clergy and ethnic groups in Christian and other faiths, as well as program evaluation and policy research for national church agencies, seminaries, and regional judicatories.
Born in Richmond, Virginia, Adair received her bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Columbia University, New York. She did her doctoral dissertation on Union Theological Seminary, when it was under cross-pressures in l973-74 from external and internal constituents. Since getting her doctorate in l979, she has been at Hartford Seminary, during which time she has co-authored five published books, many articles and several book chapters.
Her publications include the following co-authored books: Clergy Women: An Uphill Calling (1998); Healthy Clergy, Wounded Healers: Their Families and Their Ministries (1997); Defecting in Place: Women Claiming Responsibility for Their Own Spiritual Lives (1994); Islamic Values in the United States (1987); and Women of the Cloth (1983). In October-November, 2001, her chapter on "Regional Judicatories and Social Policy Advocacy", appeared in Nesbitt, ed., Religion and Social Policy, AltaMira.
She has carried out policy research and program evaluations for several denominations, seminaries, national church offices/agencies, middle judicatories, and foundations. Policy research has included foci on national, regional and congregational leaders and what they need, clergy housing, funding denominational bodies, congregational spiritual vitality, and goal setting for denominational bodies. Evaluative research has involved assessments of the effectiveness of established or innovative programs, particularly those for attracting and incorporating racial/ethnic minority seminarians and clergy into mainline Protestant denominations, conferences for clergy and church leaders, and regional judicatory reorganization.
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