Erin Raffety, MDiv ’08, is a lecturer in youth, church, and culture in the area of education formation in the Department of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. She earned her MDiv from Princeton Seminary and her PhD in cultural anthropology from Princeton University. Her interests include culture, family, youth, disability studies, and ethnography, and her courses at Princeton Seminary focus on practical and ethnographic approaches to ministry with congregations and marginal populations. Her publications identify methods for doing research with children, combine anthropological approaches with youth ministry, and qualify how joy among non-verbal persons transforms the body of Christ. Her current research project, funded by a Project Grant for Researchers through the Louisville Institute, studies ministry with people with disabilities in 11 local congregations. She is currently working on a book based on the research that argues that churches must move beyond paradigms of welcome and inclusion toward recognizing and receiving God’s ministry and leadership through people with disabilities.
Role: Preacher and Theologian-in-Residence