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Elonda Clay

Elonda Clay is the Director of the Library at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. At MTSO, Elonda works with campus partners to coordinate training and library instruction for seminary courses, chairs the Anti-Racism Task Force, and serves as principal administrator and co-lead of a 2021-2022 AAAS/DoSer Science for Seminaries grant, “Questioning Science with Good Faith”.

Elonda holds a MLIS degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a BS from Kansas State University, an MTS from the Lutheran School of Theology, an M.Div. from the Interdenominational Theological Center, and is currently a Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands doctoral candidate in Theology and Religious Studies. Her work has been supported by the American Society for Human Genetics, the Forum for Theological Education, the John Templeton Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the United Methodist Women of Color, GreenFaith Coalition for the Environment, and Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover (Research Institute for Philosophy Hannover, Germany).

She is an elected member of the Board of Directors for the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture. Clay currently serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the Religion, Media, and Culture Unit at the American Academy of Religion and the Critical Approaches to Religion and Hip Hop. Elonda is also a member of the Technology, Ecology, and Religion in North America (TERA) project.

Her current book project (Digital Womanism, in progress) focuses on contemporary spiritual and religious digital womanist cultures of black women, representations and practices relating to womanism across digital media including websites, online discussion forums, blogs and vlogs, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.