Dr. Dianne Glave

Rev. Dr. Dianne Glave is currently the Coordinator of Diversity Development and Inclusion in the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Dianne completed her M.Div. at the Candler School of Theology focusing on Faith, Health, and Science at Emory University. After completing her degree, she served as a local pastor at Crafton United Methodist Church and Ingomar Church in the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church (WPAUMC).

Her passion has been researching, writing, and sharing about African Americans and the environment. Her publications include Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage and To Love the Wind and the Rain: African American Environmental History, a co-edited volume with Mark Stoll.

Dianne continues to draw on her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Stony Brook University with an emphasis on African American and environmental history, adding to that eco-theology. Her essay “Eco-Theology in the African Diaspora” in the Wiley Blackwell Companion to Religion and Ecotheology continues to draw on interdisciplinary scholarship. Dianne’s latest book in progress is “Praise in the Brush Arbor: African Americans and Nature, History and Theology.”

For Dianne, one of the most compelling environmental narratives is that of Nat Turner. He was an enslaved man and also a prophet to some African Americans. Turner followed signposts in nature he believed were from God. From those signposts including blood on leaves, Turner organized arguably the best known slave rebellion in African American history a slave rebellion.

Out of her scholarship, Dianne has taught at Loyola Marymount University, Tulane University, and Morehouse College. One of her classes was “African American Environmental History.” Dianne also incorporated her love of environmental history in her many courses from “Ethnic Studies” to “World History.”

She long desired to visit national parks and did so recently going to Glacier, Sequoia, Grand Canyon, and the Everglades.


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