Meredith curates an active portfolio of complementary projects and partnerships. Primary commitments include her role as Lead Faculty and Deputy Director of Wildacres Leadership Initiative, where she is designing and convening the 2020–2022 William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, and her role as Managing Editor and project manager of the Sounding Spirit research lab in Emory University’s Center for Digital Scholarship.

An interdisciplinary scholar at home in rural Madison County, North Carolina, Meredith spans genres, disciplines, and modalities in sector-crossing work. Balancing projects committed to open access principles, Meredith’s work cross-fertilizes and seeds itself. When she partners professionally, Meredith leads in relationship. This means that conversations begin over coffee and often last through dinner. The dessert? Walking one another home.

Sample design and teaching settings, include:

  • fellowship programs,
  • travel courses,
  • convening models,
  • interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships,
  • iterative classroom instruction at undergraduate and graduate levels.
When her schedule allows, Meredith considers additional partnerships and design collaboratives of varying length and commitment. To begin a conversation, please contact Meredith at Sample materials available upon request.

As a scholar of religion, I expect power(s) to show up in all kinds of ways—some welcome, some sacred, some seen, some silent, some harmful, some deadly. My professional work draws on and models a kind of formation born at the threshold of difference. In places where “we” come together, competing beliefs and systems require the humility, hope, and hard work of relationship.

In some spaces, I encourage engagement with the cornerstones and stumbling blocks of love, life, and leadership. In others, I engage foundations of a related sort; the textual artifacts of those experiencing America—as country, as colonizer, as church, as collector, as crusader, as crucible, as collective, as canon. Systems benefitting from and reproducing disparities relate to the hierarchies that position some as knowledge producers while defining others as object or consumer. Where and how we look for knowledge itself often bears on what and who we are in relationship with. Theories of change are authorized by theories of knowledge.

My standing obligation is to keep theories of relationship actionable and accountable to a variety of evolving communities and contexts. Staying in right relationship to the present requires going back for those without whom we cannot conceive of or create a more just and humane world. My work listens, learns, and leads with those sounding the way forward.