Peter Dula

Peter Dula

Office Phone: (540) 432-4466


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: n/a

Peter Dula in the news:

‘Shenandoah Confession’ emerges from 2014 intercollegiate peace meeting, in spirit of 1527 Schleitheim Confession

Saner Named Seminary, Bible and Religion Professor

Bible Students Explore Emerging Church, Set Future Foundation

Young Anabaptists Consider Mission in an “Occupied” World

Ongoing Conversation Seeks to Tear Down Walls, Build Relationships

Associate Professor

Bible & Religion Dept

Peter Dula is Associate Professor of Religion and Culture. He received a Ph.D from Duke University in theology and ethics in 2004. He is the author of Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology (Oxford, 2011). Before coming to EMU in 2006 he was the Mennonite Central Committee Iraq Program Coordinator. He has taught at Lancaster Mennonite High School and at the Meserete Kristos College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he was a Fulbright scholar in 2001-2. He has received several grants and fellowships including, most recently, the Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers.


Ph.D., Duke University, 2004

M.A.T.S, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 1998

B.S., Eastern Mennonite University, 1992


Cavell, Companionship and Christian Theology (New York: Oxford University Press), 2011.

The New Yoder (co-editor with Chris K. Huebner), (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2010).

Borders and Bridges (co-editor with Alain Epp Weaver), (Telford, PA: Cascadia, 2007).

General editor (with Chris K. Huebner, Canadian Mennonite University and Jennifer Graber, University of Texas, Austin) of Polyglossia: Radical Reformation Theologies (Scottdale, PA: Herald Press), Fall 2006 to present.

Selected Essays
“Theology is a Kind of Reading,” Conrad Grebel Review 31/2 (Spring 2013).

“Wittgenstein Among the Theologians,” in Unsettling Arguments, ed., Kelly Johnson, Charles Pinches and Charles Collier (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2010).

“For and Against Hauerwas Against the Mennonites,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 84/3 (July 2010).

“Fugitive Ecclesia,” in The Gift of Difference: Radical Reformation and Radical Orthodoxy, ed. Chris Huebner and Tripp York (Winnipeg: CMU Press, 2010).

“Cynicism and Hope” and “A Theologian in Baghdad,” in Cynicism and Hope: Reclaiming Discipleship in a Postdemocratic Society, ed. Meg Cox (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2009).

Scriptural Reasoning and War, Journal of Scriptural Reasoning, Vol. 8, No. 1, Jan 2009.

Easter in Baghdad, Commonweal, March 28, 2008

“Radical Democracy, Radical Ecclesiology,’ Crosscurrents 55/4, Winter 2006 (co-authored with Alex Sider).

“Columbus’ America and Emerson’s America,’ Conrad Grebel Review, Spring 2005.

The War in Iraq: How Catholic Conservatives Got It Wrong, Commonweal, December 3, 2004.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

“Friends and Enemies in the Gospel of John,” Paper delivered at the American Academy of Religion, Mid-Atlantic regional meeting, Mt. St. Mary’s College, Newburgh, NY, March 8, 2014.

“The Limits of Theology: A Response to Jonathan Tran,” Paper delivered at “The Difference Christ Makes: Celebrating the Life, Work and Friendship of Stanley Hauerwas,” Duke Divinity School, Durham NC, Nov. 1, 2013.

Theopoetics Panel, Mennonite/s Writing VI, EMU, March 29, 2012.

“A Theological Assessment of Human Rights Language,” Paper delivered at the Mennonite-Muslim Dialogue V, Canadian Mennonite University, June 3, 2011.

“Anabaptism in a Postcolonial Context,” Paper delivered at “Postcolonialism and Anabaptism: A Conversation,” Elizabethtown College, Sept 25, 2010.

“A Theologian in Baghdad,” Keynote address at the conference, ‘Cynicism and Hope: Reclaiming Discipleship in a Postdemocratic Society,’ Reba Place, Evanston Illinois, Nov. 3, 2007.

Constantine, Colonialism and the NGOs, USA in the World Conference, Sept. 14-16, 2006, Gordon College.

‘History, Religion and the NGOs’, Imam Moussa Al Sadr Center Conference on Human Development, December 2 2005, Beirut.

Church, Community and Professional Service

“Education on the Way to Emmaus,” EMU Baccalaureate Sermon, April 30, 2011.

“Should the Troops Pullout?: A Response to Phyllis Bennis,” Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness consultation, Lancaster PA, April 15 2007.

“Hope and Cynicism in a Time of War,” MCUSA Peace and Justice Network, Washington DC, March 17 2007.

Professional Memberships

Society of Christian Ethics
American Academy of Religion

Professional Conferences Attended

“The Difference Christ Makes: Celebrating the Life, Work and Friendship of Stanley Hauerwas,” Duke Divinity School, Durham NC, Nov. 1, 2013.

American Academy of Religion, Baltimore, Nov. 22-25, 2013.

Mennonite-Muslim Dialogue V, Winnipeg, June 1-4, 2011.

Society of Christian Ethics, New Orleans, January 6-9, 2011.

“Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies: The Consequences of Skepticism,” Harvard University, Oct 14-16, 2010.

“Postcolonialism and Anabaptism: A Conversation,” Elizabethtown College, Sept 24-25, 2010.

New Courses Taught

The Love that Moves the Sun: Dante’s Divine Comedy (2009)
Reading Genesis Philosophically (2008)

EMU Service

Advisor, Cycling club
UG Dean Search Committee
QEP implementation team
Creation Care Council
Faculty/Staff Conference Planning Committee