2024 ADME Conference

Southeastern University

April 4-6, 2024

 R&R: Rigor and Research in DMin Programs



Mary Clark Moschella, PhD

Professor Moschella joined the faculty at Yale in 2010. Her research focuses on three main areas: ethnographic research methods in practical theology; joy in the ministry and in life; and narrative approaches to spiritual care.  She has recently published the updated and expanded second edition of Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice: An Introduction (2023)with presses in the US and the UK. She co-edited a related publication, Qualitative Research in Theological Education, with Susan Willhauck in 2018. Her earlier books in this area include: Living Devotions: Reflections on Immigration, Identity, and Religious Imagination, and a collection of essays, edited with Jane Maynard and Leonard Hummel, Pastoral Bearings: Lived Religion and Pastoral Theology. She teaches a research methods course to equip students with the skills needed to observe, engage, and understand faith communities and collectives. She co-leads the study group for Religious Practices and Pastoral Research in the Society for Pastoral Theology.

With the support of the Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology, Professor Moschella published Caring for Joy: Narrative, Theology, and Practice in 2016. She continues to lecture, research, and teach on this topic, with a particular focus on the link between justice and deep spiritual joy.  Professor Moschella’s current research project is on narrative spiritual care, a form of care that focusses on developing people’s strengths through storying practices that challenge hegemonic cultural narratives. Professor Moschella trains extensively in this modality and teaches courses in it as well. In addition, Professor Moschella recently co-edited with Lee Butler, The Edward Wimberly Reader: A Black Pastoral Theology (Baylor, 2020).

Prior to coming to Yale, Professor Moschella taught Pastoral Theology and Congregational Care at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Before that, she was a chaplain and then a pastor in United Church of Christ congregations in Massachusetts. Additional teaching interests include psychopathology and pastoral care, pastoral perspectives on death and dying,  and pastoral wisdom in fiction, memoir, and poetry. She has recently chaired the YDS Task Force on Prison Justice Ministries and enjoys teaching  Inside/Out  courses that bring YDS students into prisons to learn together with incarcerated classmates. She is a fellow of Yale’s Grace Hopper College.





Transportation to and from the airport is not provided by ADME




The conference will start with dinner at 5 pm on Thursday, April 4 and will end at 11am, Saturday, April 6.

Detailed Schedule coming soon!





The 2025 ADME Gathering (April 3-5, 2025) will be at Denver Seminary in Littleton, CO. Rob Westervelt the Vice President for Strategy and Innovation at Lindenwood University will be speaking on “Innovation in DMin Education: Surviving and Thriving in Turbulent Times.”