Graduate Theological Union

Jennifer Wilkins Davidson

American Baptist Seminary of the West
Associate Professor of Theology and Worship and Director of Chapel
Core Doctoral Faculty Member


At GTU since 2007

PhD, Graduate Theological Union, 2011
MDiv, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 2003
BA, Eastern University, 1991

Phone: 510/841-1905 X233

Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Communion & Baptism in American Baptist Contexts
  • BlackLivesMatter | Dismantling White Supremacy
  • Constructive Theology
  • Spiritual Practices for the “Nones”
  • Contemplative Pedagogy

Selected Publications

  • “Can Religious Ritual Play a Role in Protecting Society’s Sacrificial Victims? René Girard, Violence, and the Unprotected,” Tikkun, December 2015.
  • “Op-Ed: Talking about Violence is Not a Distraction: The Berkeley Protests for Ferguson,” Berkeleyside: Berkeley, California’s Independent News Site, December 12, 2014.
  • “Creation’s Groans and Spirit’s Sighs: Cultivating Attentiveness to the Spirit through the Practice of Concerns and Celebrations.”  American Baptist Quarterly, Summer 2014.
  • “Remembering Ourselves before God: A Constructive Liturgical Theology of Prayer.” The South African Baptist Journal of Theology, Vol. 18 (Fall 2009)