Decree on Ecumenism: Unitatis Redintegratio

Decree on Ecumenism:  Unitatis Redintegratio

February 7, 2015

Dr. Steven R. Harmon

Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity

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Adjunct Professor

B.A., Howard Payne University
M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Additional study: The Catholic University of America; Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany; University of Dallas; Duke University Divinity School

Steven R. Harmon began teaching in the School of Divinity in 2010 when his wife Kheresa Harmon began her work as Director of Admissions for the School of Divinity. He teaches Christian Theology I, Christian Theology II, Introduction to Theological Education for Ministry, Theory and Practice of Ministry, Capstone Seminar, and Educating the Church through Christian Spirituality, a co-taught Doctor of Ministry seminar. Dr. Harmon is the author of Every Knee Should Bow: Biblical Rationales for Universal Salvation in Early Christian Thought, Towards Baptist Catholicity: Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision, Ecumenism Means You, Too: Ordinary Christians and the Quest for Christian Unity, and the forthcoming book The Baptist Vision and the Ecumenical Future: Radically Biblical, Radically Catholic, Relentlessly Pilgrim. He has also published numerous journal articles, chapters in multi-author books, and general readership publications. Dr. Harmon is Book Review Editor for Perspectives in Religious Studies, Contributing Editor of Pacific Journal of Baptist Research, and former Associate Editor of Review and Expositor.

Prior to teaching in the School of Divinity, Dr. Harmon was Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, North Carolina and Associate Professor of Divinity at Samford University?s Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He has served as Visiting Professor at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Harmon has served as pastor of three churches in Texas, interim pastor of churches in North Carolina, and guest preacher and teacher in numerous congregations in Texas, North Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, and Virginia. He is a member of St. John?s Baptist Church in Charlotte, where he is one of the teachers of an adult Sunday School class and serves as a liaison between the congregation and the North Carolina Council of Churches.

Dr. Harmon hails from Texas. He is married to Kheresa Wedding Harmon, and they are the parents of an elementary school-age son, Timothy. Dr. Harmon?s hobbies include running, reading, listening to a wide variety of music ?from Bach to Bono,? playing the French horn and alto recorder, and traveling.

Dr. Harmon hails from Texas. He is married to Kheresa Wedding Harmon, and they are the parents of an elementary school-age son, Timothy. Dr. Harmon?s hobbies include running, reading, listening to a wide variety of music ?from Bach to Bono,? playing the French horn and alto recorder, and traveling.

Dr. William G. Rusch, ELCA
Yale Divinity School

An ELCA pastor, Dr. Rusch is the former executive director of the ELCA Office for Ecumenical Affairs and is now an adjunct professor of Lutheran studies at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Rusch has authored numerous books including Ecumenism:A Movement Toward Church Unity, Ecumenical Reception: It Challenge and Opportunity, and The Pontificate of Benedict XVI: Its Premises and Promises, ed


Fr. John Crossin, OSFS

Secretariat for Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Father John Crossin is a priest of the Oblates of St. Francis De Sales. He currently serves as executive director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He was ordained in 1976 and holds a Ph.D. in moral theology, masters? degrees in psychology and theology from The Catholic University of America. He is past president of the North American Academy of Ecumenists and the Thomas More Society of Washington. He has taught at several theological schools including Catholic University, Wesley Theological Seminary, Virginia Theological Seminary, Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary and De Sales School of Theology. He is widely published in theological journals and is author of Everyday Virtues, Walking in Virtue: Moral Decisions and Spiritual Growth in Daily Life, Friendship: The Key to Spiritual Growth and What Are They Saying about Virtue. He served previously as executive director of the Washington Theological Consortium (1998-2011).

Response Panel Guests


Scott Jones

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones has served Omaha?s First Central Congregational Church as Senior Minister since July 6, 2010. He and his husband Michael moved here from Oklahoma City, where Scott was Pastor of the Cathedral of Hope for five years while also writing as a columnist for the Oklahoma Gazette newspaper. Scott previously served churches in Arkansas and Texas and was ordained in 1997.

A native Oklahoman, Scott earned a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy at Oklahoma Baptist University, graduating summa cum laude in 1996, and an M.A. (1997) and Ph.D. (2001) in Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma. Yes, he is a Sooner fan.

Scott is also a Lecturer in the Philosophy Department of Creighton University, and in 2014 attended the Yale Writers? Conference.

Scott has been actively involved in many community and interfaith organizations throughout his career.  He blogs and enjoys hiking, reading, home remodeling, and travel.  He and Michael have been foster parents and are hoping to adopt a child soon.


Gary S. Eller, PCUSA 

Dr. Gary S. Eller is a Lecturer in the Theology Department at Creighton and the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He also serves as president of the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation and pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Omaha.


Jane Florence,  UMC

First United Methodist in Omaha