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Steve Jungkeit

Steve is the 19th Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. He holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University, where he also completed M.Div., M.A., and M.Phil. degrees, also in Religious Studies. He holds a B.A. from Messiah College. Prior to coming to Old Lyme, he did a residency in hospital chaplaincy at Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut, and served churches in New Haven, CT, Newport, VT, and Bryn Mawr, PA. In addition to his work in Old Lyme, he is a lecturer in ethics at Harvard Divinity School, where he served as the Lenz Memorial Lecturer for the academic year of 2011-2012. He is the author of Spaces of Modern Theology: Geography and Power in Schleiermacher’s World, published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2013. The book explores the relationship between the imagined spaces of written theology and the configuration of lived geographical spaces (dwellings, urban design, national borders, colonial conquests), especially at the dawn of the liberal era in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He is married to Rachael, a music teacher in the New Haven area. Together, they have three children: Sabina (8), Elsa (5), and August (3). Here are a few other things he likes: long and convoluted novels, critical theory, wilderness exploration, music recorded in the 1920’s and 1930’s, New Orleans and its artistic and political cultures, Berlin and its artistic and political cultures, early films, distance running, modernist architecture, Bob Dylan, and lately, Palestinian folk music. He brushes with Colgate and likes to read gossip magazines when he shops at the supermarket – Us is his favorite. He is doing his best to learn how to play the guitar.

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