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Dr. Peter Slade

Peter Slade teaches courses in the history of Christianity and Christian Thought. His scholarship and teaching is grounded in his work and life in the Church. He worked for several years as a community development worker for the Church of England in Blackburn and Aylesbury and served as a preacher for a small chapel in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Interested in the lived ecclesiologies of Christian communities, his first book, Open Friendship in a Closed Society; Mission Mississippi and a Theology of Friendship (OUP, 2009), is an interdisciplinary study of an ecumenical racial reconciliation initiative in Mississippi.

A consultant to the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia, Slade is co-editor and contributor to two volumes connected with the project: Mobilizing for the Common Good: The Lived Theology of John M. Perkins (University Press of Mississippi, 2013) and Lived Theology: New Perspectives on Method, Style and Pedagogy (OUP, 2016). He is a participating author in the project's collaborative volume Can I Get a Witness? Stories of Radical Christians in the U.S., 1900-2014. Slade’s current research is into justice, reconciliation and the practices of congregational singing: the ways that singing shapes–and is shaped by–the lived ecclesiologies of different congregations and communities.

Living in Ashland with his wife and two children, Slade attends Ashland’s First United Methodist Church where he is a musician and worship leader.

Dr. Mark Hamilton

Dr. Mark Hamilton

Dr. Mark Hamilton is associate professor of philosophy and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, where he has taught full time since 1985. Dr. Hamilton began as an adjunct in philosophy and as assistant baseball coach in 1981. He previously served as chair of the philosophy department for 6 years. He has published numerous articles and chapters on Sports Ethics in books such as Baseball and Philosophy; The Image of God in the Human Body; Basketball and Philosophy; Football and Philosophy; Theology, Ethics and Transcendence; Poker and Philosophy; Ethics in Coaching Sports and his article on the morality of surgical enhancement for athletic performance has been widely disseminated and quoted. He has presented papers at numerous International Conferences on Sports Ethics along with related journal articles. Besides Sports Ethics, he has taught numerous courses in Philosophy of Religion, Ancient Philosophy, Ethics, Christian Thought, Human Nature, and on C.S. Lewis, about whom he has also published. Dr. Hamilton is active in the International Association of Philosophy of Sport, and in 2012 was the guest editor of the Journal of Philosophy of Sport and has been named to the editorial board of this journal. He has separate masters’ degrees in Philosophy, Religion, and Counseling and a doctorate from Ashland Theological Seminary. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Wittenberg University where he also captained the baseball team. Dr. Hamilton also co-pastors Providence Church and in 2007 he survived a liver transplant. Hamilton has been married for over 30 years with two grown and married daughters and two grandchildren.is associate professor of philosophy and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, where he has taught full time since 1985. Dr. Hamilton began as an adjunct in philosophy and as assistant baseball coach in 1981. He previously served as chair of the philosophy department for 6 years. He has published numerous articles and chapters on Sports Ethics in books such as Baseball and Philosophy; The Image of God in the Human Body; Basketball and Philosophy; Football and Philosophy; Theology, Ethics and Transcendence; Poker and Philosophy; Ethics in Coaching Sports and his article on the morality of surgical eis associate professor of philosophy and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, where he has taught full time since 1985. Dr. Hamilton began as an adjunct in philosophy and as assistant baseball coach in 1981. He previously served as chair of the philosophy department for 6 years. He has published numerous articles and chapters on Sports Ethics in books such as Baseball and Philosophy; The Image of God in the Human Body; Basketball and Philosophy; Football and Philosophy; Theology, Ethics and Transcendence; Poker and Philosophy; Ethics in Coaching Sports and his article on the morality of surgical enhancement for athletic performance has been widely disseminated and quoted. He has presented papers at numerous International Conferences on Sports Ethics along with related journal articles. Besides Sports Ethics, he has taught numerous courses in Philosophy of Religion, Ancient Philosophy, Ethics, Christian Thought, Human Nature, and on C.S. Lewis, about whom he has also published. Dr. Hamilton is active in the International Association of Philosophy of Sport, and in 2012 was the guest editor of the Journal of Philosophy of Sport and has been named to the editorial board of this journal. He has separate masters’ degrees in Philosophy, Religion, and Counseling and a doctorate from Ashland Theological Seminary. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Wittenberg University where he also captained the baseball team. Dr. Hamilton also co-pastors Providence Church and in 2007 he survived a liver transplant. Hamilton has been married for over 30 years with two grown and married daughters and two grandchildren. nhancement for athletic performance has been widely disseminated and quoted. He has presented papers at numerous International Conferences on Sports Ethics along with related journal articles. Besides Sports Ethics, he has taught numerous courses in Philosophy of Religion, Ancient Philosophy, Ethics, Christian Thought, Human Nature, and on C.S. Lewis, about whom he has also published. Dr. Hamilton is active in the International Association of Philosophy of Sport, and in 2012 was the guest editor of the Journal of Philosophy of Sport and has been named to the editorial board of this journal. He has separate masters’ degrees in Philosophy, Religion, and Counseling and a doctorate from Ashland Theological Seminary. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Wittenberg University where he also captained the baseball team. Dr. Hamilton also co-pastors Providence Church and in 2007 he survived a liver transplant. Hamilton has been married for over 30 years with two grown and married daughters and two grandchildren.

Dr. David Aune

Dr. David Aune came to Ashland University in the fall of 1996. Before Ashland, he taught part-time at a number of colleges in New England, including Providence College, Wesleyan University and Eastern Connecticut State University. Dr. Aune holds the Ph.D. in the history of religions: early Christianity from Brown University, a Th.M.

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