Michael Walker

Dr. Walker demonstrates a love of talking to people about Jesus when interacting with students in his classroom. Passionate about Jesus’s desire to heal and free humankind, he explores human wholeness and the connection between mind, body, and spirit in Christian churches and in the field of healthcare professions. While teaching biblical and theological courses, Dr. Walker finds that he most enjoys the communal atmosphere of North Park.

Enhancing the learning experience of his students, Dr. Walker provides the opportunity to engage with the city of Chicago. He brings his class to the Swedish Hospital where they speak with chaplains about incorporating Scripture into practices of health and spiritual care. As a faculty advisor for North Park’s Theological Seminary globalization and diversity committee, Dr. Walker shapes experiences for students outside of the classroom as well by planning inclusion related events.

Hobbies and Interests

“Outside of teaching, I read voraciously; I write poetry; I love to exercise, play board games and hang out with friends.”

Fun Fact

“I am a classic rock geek. Name a song written after 1964, and I likely: know who it’s by, know who played bass on it; remember which record it was released on; and/or can sing some or all of the words.”

Peer-reviewed Articles

“Teaching in Times of Crisis: Practices and Promises of Liberative Pedagogies,” Journal on Feminist Studies in Religion, Drew University, forthcoming December 2019)

Caring and Covenant: Notes on a Sacramental Ecclesiology of Disability,” Journal of Religion and Disability 2 (March 2019).

Publications

“Embodying Compassion: the Political and Theological Content of Disability,” in Political Theology Network, November 13, 2019, https://politicaltheology.com/embodying-compassion-the-theological-and-political-content-of-disability/

“Poured Upon All Flesh: Pentecost and the Welcoming Love of God.” Covenant Companion 3 (May – June 2019), 51.

“Equipping for Accessibility: Opening Your Doors to People with Diverse Abilities.” Toronto: Presbyterian Church in Canada, May 2018. Resource helping to equip Presbyterian Church in Canada for accessibility to and with people with diverse abilities.

Eight Ways to Improve your Disability Etiquette.” United Church Observer, March 2018 (https://www.ucobserver.org/living/2018/03/disability-etiquette/). Eight tips on befriending and supporting people with disabilities from various sources.

“Embodiment as the Third Axis: Disability, Queerness, Privilege, and Oppression.” Guest article for Canadian Churches Forum’s Deepening Understanding through Intercultural Ministry newsletter (May 2017).

“S.C.M.’s Disability, Faith, and Justice Devotional.” June 2016. Related the concerns of Christians with disabilities to ableism (oppression of and discrimination against persons with disabilities), religious communities, practices of prayer, and the pursuit of social justice.

Contours of Eternity. Toronto: Blurb, 2013. Poetry. 35 pp.