For twenty years, Mark Lloyd Taylor has made his professional home at the School of Theology and Ministry. He has taught over a dozen different courses in the areas of systematic (or: “patternistic”) theology and worship. Mark enjoys journeying alongside students as they integrate their theological standpoints, ministerial identities, and spiritual practices. This happens, especially, in MDiv Synthesis and the DMin program where he co-teaches the project seminars with Dr. Sharon Henderson Callahan and chairs or has chaired six doctoral projects.
He is currently working on two book projects: a memoir on twelve months of preaching after the election of Donald J. Trump and an effort to trace the liturgical shape of Kierkegaard’s writings and gauge their import for the theology and practice of Christian worship today.
Mark’s teaching and scholarship form a continuous loop with his own active baptismal ministry in the church. He serves/has served St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Seattle as liturgist, vestry member, senior warden, chair of a successful capital campaign for a building renovation, and Godly Play instructor (A Montessori-based program of children’s Christian formation). In the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, he is a licensed (lay) preacher, licensed Eucharistic minister, and liturgical master of ceremonies for ordination services. He served as a deputy to the triennial General Convention of the Episcopal Church USA in 2009.
Mark’s scholarship addresses theological topics such as God’s relationship to the world and Christology, gender, and human embodiment. Dialogue partners include the following 19th and 20th century theological and literary figures: Søren Kierkegaard, Frances J. (Fanny) Crosby, Herman Melville, and Karl Rahner, SJ. The resources of feminist and womanist theology, process theology, and postmodern reflection shape Mark’s critique and retrieval of theological traditions. In two recent journal articles, written in collaboration with STM MDiv alumna The Rev. Alissabeth Newton, Mark ventures into liturgical theology and the theology of childhood.