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Elizabeth C. Nordbeck

Moses Brown Professor of Ecclesiastical History

A.B., Wellesley College
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
Ph.D., Harvard University

Phone: Ext. 2357

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In her writings, lectures and work as a resource to national and international church bodies, Beth Nordbeck offers insights into the historical roots and precedents of today’s trends in American religion. Her interests range from the roots of Congregationalism in New England to ecumenism and new religious movements.

Her recent books address denominational consolidation and expansion in the 19th century and the history of Congregationalism in New Hampshire. In 2002 she published a history of the Massachusetts Council of Churches and “O God Tender and Just: Reflections and Responses after September 11, 2001.” An ordained United Church of Christ minister, she is co-editor of Prism, the theological journal for the denomination. She joined the faculty in 1990 and served as dean for 11 years.

DMIN 801F: Seminar on Scholarship in Ministry (Extended)
HIST 645F: American Religious History from the Colonial Period to the Present
HIST 698/798S: Cults and Controversies: New Religious Movements in America
INTE 743F: UCC History, Theology and Polity
INTE 743J: UCC History, Theology, and Polity
WCHR 605W [BC]: A Faith that Sustains: Exploring Church and Community in Rural Ghana

O God, Tender and Just
History of the Massachusetts Council of Churches