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Sharon M. Tan
McVay Associate Professor of Christian Ethics
Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the Seminary
Appointed 2004


B.Sc. Oral Roberts University
M.T.S. Candler School of Theology, Emory University
J.D. Emory University
Ph.D. Emory University

Teaching and Research

Christian ethics
comparative religious ethics
religious studies  

Courses Offered

TR107 Christian Ethics
TR509 Comparative Religious Ethics
TR522 Theories of Justice and Reconciliation
TR771 Approaches to the Study of Religion and Religious Communities

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The Reconciliation of Classes and Races: How Religion Contributes to Politics and Law
Edwin Mellen Press, 2009

Articles and Essays

“Theological Themes in John 10:1-6.” Feasting on the Gospels. Westminster John Knox Press, forthcoming.

“Theological Themes in John 10:7-10.” Feasting on the Gospels. Westminster John Knox Press, forthcoming.

“Theological Themes in John 10:11-16.” Feasting on the Gospels. Westminster John Knox Press, forthcoming.

“Theological Themes in Psalm 63:1-8: Lying Awake.” Lectionary Homiletics. 24, no. 2 (2013).

“Theological Themes in Psalm 32:1-11: Linking Confession, Repentance and Forgiveness.” Lectionary Homiletics. 24, no. 2 (2013).

“Composing Integrity: An Approach to Moral Agency for Asian Americans.” Part of New Overtures: Asian North American Theology in the 21st Century (Essays in Honor of Fumitaka Matsuoka), edited by Eleazar S. Fernandez, Sopher Press, 2013. Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion. 3, no. 2.10 (2012).

“Asian American Liberative Ethics.” Liberative Ethics. Edited by Miguel de la Torre. Fortress Press, 2012.

"Theological Diversity in a Liberal Seminary." Theological Education. 47, no. 1 (2012).

“Theological Themes in Psalm 119:105-112: Law from the Inside Out.” Lectionary Homiletics. 22, no. 4 (2011).

“Theological Themes in Genesis 28:10-19a: God’s Sovereignty and Human Agency.” Lectionary Homiletics. 22, no. 4 (2011).

“Theological Themes in Genesis 29:15-28: Blessed are the Unloved.” Lectionary Homiletics. 22, no. 4 (2011).

“Satyagraha and Reconciliation.” Journal of Interreligious Dialogue. 1, no. 1 (2009). www.irdialogue.org; http://irdialogue.org/journal/issue01/%e2%80%9csatyagraha-and-reconciliation%e2%80%9d-by-sharon-tan-united-theological-seminary-of-the-twin-cities/

“Reflections on Being an Assistant Professor.” Colloquy. 16, no. 2 (Spring 2008).

“Human Rights and Confucianism: Religious Liberty in China,” with Hong Qu. Journal of Ethics in Leadership. 1, no. 2 (2005): 1-16.

Regular Topics for Presentation

Upcoming Presentations

Contact Sharon at 651.255.6108.

“My goal is for United to equip people to discover God in the world and in their lives, and to join God in expressing God's love and desire for human flourishing.”

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Ethics is to live the
Good News of God's love
and work in the world.

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