Welcome to A Wee Blether, an Internet home for my thoughts about religion, technology, education, church, and culture. I’m Adam J. Copeland, professor/student, writer, God considerer, tech enjoyer, whisky drinker, and social critic. I’m skeptical with how often the word “innovation” is thrown around these days, but every real job I’ve ever had has been the first of its kind, so I’ve had to innovate, like it or not (a.k.a. “make mistakes and correct often”).
I live in Fargo, North Dakota where I serve on the religion faculty at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. My position includes teaching, directing the religion major concentration on Faith and Leadership, supervising practical theology and non-profit internships, and considering vocation in the life of the college.
In July 2015, I will begin a new position as Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary in St Paul, Minnesota.
In my vast spare time, I’m pursing a PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture at North Dakota State University. Previously, I served as Director and Mission Developer of the The Project F-M, launching a new young adult faith community, and as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Hallock, Minn.
You’ll find 800+ blog posts on this site, but I write elsewhere too. For example, I’ve written 10 book chapters on practical theology, Biblical commentary, and educational leadership. Online, I’ve been published by The Christian Century, Minnesota Public Radio, and The Huffington Post.
I serve as an Associate Editor for Journal for Preachers. I served on the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song, a group tasked with developing Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal, published in 2013 to wide acclaim.
My book project, Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College was published in 2014 by Rowman and Littlefield.
A M.Div. graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, I also studied for a year in Ayr, Scotland where I served as Assistant Minister at St. Columba Church in Ayr, Scotland. I grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, then spent four years at the delightful St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
I like sharp cheddar, local beers, aged whisky, and contemporary fiction. I tolerate running and enjoy golf. I’ve been happily married to Megan, a pediatric physician both brilliant and beautiful, for eight years.
NB: A link to my continuously updated CV is found here, Adam J. Copeland, Curriculum Vitae.