Karen-Marie Yust

Josiah P. and Anne Wilson Rowe Professor of Christian Education

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Phone: 804.278.4203

Location: Richmond

Department: Christian Education


Harvard University, Th.D.

Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, M.Div.

Trinity University, B.A.

Yust’s work focuses on nurturing spirituality and encouraging theological reflection across the lifespan and intergenerationally. Her first book, Attentive to God, proposes an alternative strategy for adult faith formation and leadership development through theological reflection in the context of church committees and boards. Real Kids, Real Faith and an edited volume, Nuturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality: Perspetives from the World's Religions, offer theoretical and practical engagements with family and youth ministries. Her co-authored book, Taught by God, explores the relationship between transformational learning theories and classical spiritual practices. Her current research focuses on the effects of digital culture on spirituality, particularly among children, youth and young adults. She is also exploring the changing dynamics of congregational life and asking how these changes offer opportunities to develop new approaches to faith formation and new foci for educational ministries. An experienced pastor and Christian educator, she is ordained with dual standing in the United Church of Christ and Disciples traditions.

Books, Publications & Workshops

Digital power: exploring the effects of social media on children's spirituality in the International Journal of Children's Spirituality (

"The Case Study Fishbowl" in Teaching Theology and Religion (

Faculty Speaking Engagements and Events

"Cultivating Christians: Families and Faith Formation".

Workshop Leader at the Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators 2015 Event
Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore, MD
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"Speaking of Faith: Young Children's Moral Development and the Cultivation of Child Theologizing"

Workshop Leader at Religiosity in Early Childhood Conference
The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Leuven, Belgium
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“Digital Formation: Online Habits and the Cultivation of Spirituality”

7 pm, Lake Chapel, Early Center - Reception to Follow
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA
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Workshop Leader, "New Discoveries in Preschool Faith Formation"

January 28, 2 to 3:30 p.m. and January 30, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Association of Presbyterian Church Educators Annual Event
Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL
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Guest Speaker, "Being Faithful Together: The Blessing of Intergenerational Faith Communities"

10:00 a.m to 10:45 a.m.
Grace and Holy Trinity Episopal Church, Richmond, VA

Guest Speaker, "Easter Baskets & the Empty Tomb"

7:00 - 8::00 p.m.
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Richmond, VA

Guest Speaker, "Cultivating Christians: Families and Faith Formation"

10:00 a.m to 10:45 a.m.
Grace and Holy Trinity Episopal Church, Richmond, VA

Guest Preacher

11:00 a.m.
First Congregational Christian United Church of Christ, Chesterfield, VA

Workshop Leader, Cultivating the Faithful Child

10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Binkley Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, NC

Guest Preacher

9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Binkley Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, NC

Courses Taught

Contemporary Theology and Education

Teaching Ministry of the Church

The Christian Life

Faith and Human Development

Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality

Theology and Film