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Junehee Yoon

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics and Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow

B.A. Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
M.Div.  Drew University
S.T.M.  Yale University
Ph.D.  Drew University

As a Christian social ethicist, Dr. Yoon aspires to provide a Christian ethical lens to future church leaders and believes the moral health and wellbeing of the existing Christian communities are largely dependent upon the Church’s sensitivity to the outcries of the people who have been neglected and silenced. Therefore, the lens for the marginalized is a prerequisite for theological education. Dr. Yoon believes that such theological education equips church leaders to implement their understanding of God and human society to be built upon a firm ground of liberative theo-ethical perspective.

Integrating liberative methodology with a feminist liberational and queer theological perspective, Dr. Yoon’s research focuses on mining subjugated knowledge from the experiences of the marginalized. While analyzing the everyday life of Christians, especially those experiences of the marginalized, Dr. Yoon criticizes, reconstructs, and theorizes existing Christian ethical norms and church practices to actively work toward the liberation of the marginalized. Her dissertation, Envisioning Home with Queer Holiness at the Core: A Case of Korean American Christian Communities, constructs a path to imagine a community where such liberating Christian norms and practices can take place.

Dr. Yoon is pastoring part-time at Waterloo Village United Methodist Church in Stanhope New Jersey.

Publications:

“Finding Home from the In-between Space for a Queer Asian American Christian Woman.” Asian and Asian American Women in Theology and Religion: Embodying Knowledge, edited by Kwok Pui-lan, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020: 59-71.

“Revisiting Christian Soteriology in the Liberation Process for Korean Christianity: An Open Door for Inter-Religious Dialogue,” Journal of Inter-Religious Studies (May1, 2009): 35-44.

Encyclopedia of Global Religion 2012 ed., s. v. “North Korea” Mark Juergensmeyer and Wade Clark Roof. Eds. Sage Publications, 2012