Dr. Reed Carlson to depart ULS for the School of Theology of the University of the South in Tennessee

March 19, 2024

The Rev. Dr. Reed Carlson, assistant professor of Biblical Studies and director of Anglican Studies at United Lutheran Seminary, will join the faculty at the School of Theology of the University of the South, in Sewanee, TN. His position, effective July 1, will be assistant professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. The Rev. Britta Meiers Carlson, who currently serves as interim director of Graduate Studies at ULS, will also teach at the School of Theology.

 “Reed and Britta have become valued members of the ULS family,” said the Rev. R. Guy Erwin, president of ULS. “While I am saddened to see them leave, I am excited for both as they embark on this new chapter. Their joyful presence at the Seminary will be missed.”

Dr. Carlson came to ULS in 2019 after completing his ThD in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Harvard University. He taught courses in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and in Biblical Hebrew. His first book, Unfamiliar Selves in the Hebrew Bible (DeGruyter, 2022), was awarded the Manfred Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise. In this monograph, he studied accounts of spirit possession as depicted in biblical and early Jewish literature in comparison with contemporary ethnographic reports of similar phenomena around the world. His current project is a collected volume he is co-editing entitled, Ominous Times: Anticipating Cataclysm in Early Judaism and Christianity (DeGruyter, 2025). 

The School of Theology of the University of the South is an Episcopal seminary committed to forming lay and ordained leadership for service to the Church and the world. In the Anglican tradition of forming disciples through a common life of prayer, study, and service, the seminary offers residential education surrounded by God’s creation in a rural, natural setting.