Lois E. Malcolm
Assoc Prof, Systematic Theology

As a woman and a lay person, Dr. Malcolm bears witness not only to the priesthood of believers - that we can all give witness to God's power and presence in our lives - but to the fact that in Christ there is no longer "Jew or Greek," "slave or free," "male and female" (Gal 3:28).

In courses such as "Jesus the Savior," "The Holy Spirit and the Church," and "Overview of Christian Teaching," Dr. Malcolm teaches critical thinking. She argues that "what is central to the Lutheran understanding of the gospel is its focus on the freedom of the Christian. Because of Christ's life, death and resurrection, we can - precisely in our humanity and in spite of sin and the often tragic circumstances of our lives - live, think, and feel out of the power of the Spirit. Theology seeks to discern what that means for all aspects of life, as individuals, as families and friends, as institutions, as nations and as participants in the natural world."

Raised in a missionary family in the Philippines, Malcolm grew up on the island of Mindanao where she attended a Roman Catholic girls' school until the ninth grade. Having grown up with a mix of cultures and social classes, she was intrigued by the many different ways people experienced God in their lives. "As a teenager, I wanted to be an anthropologist, a linguist or a theologian."

She majored in linguistics in college and went on to study applied linguistics, teaching linguistics and English as a Second Language, and supervising ESL teachers. She received an M.A. in theology at Luther Seminary. While at the University of Chicago, she was a Junior Fellow in the University of Chicago's Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion. She has published articles in theology and linguistics journals and presented papers at regional and national levels in the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Christian Ethics.

She is currently working several book projects: "Curse for Us": The Wisdom and Power of the Cross (Eerdmans, forthcoming) and Holy Love and Holy Power: Revisiting Paul Tillich's Theology of Spirit. She has also revised her dissertation for submission for publication as a book, entitled Divine Mystery and Human Freedom: A Study of Karl Barth and Karl Rahner. In addition, she is the editor for the volume on Modern Theology for the Westminster Collection of Sources in Christian Theology (Westminster Press). She is also working on a book project (co-authored with Janet Ramsey) on teaching forgiveness and healing.

As a woman and a lay person, Dr. Malcolm bears witness not only to the priesthood of believers - that we can all give witness to God's power and presence in our lives - but to the fact that in Christ there is no longer "Jew or Greek," "slave or free," "male and female" (Gal 3:28).