Roberta C. Bondi has been named professor of church history emeritus at Candler School of Theology by Emory University. This honor is bestowed upon individuals having served ten or more continuous years as faculty of Emory University. Bondi retired on August 31, 2006.
After serving as assistant professor of Semitic languages at the University of Notre Dame until 1978, Bondi was named a professor of church history at Candler School of Theology, where she was the first woman to be appointed to a tenure track position at the school.
Bondi's colleagues have described her as a "trailblazer" and "pioneer" in the fields of theology and church history. She has distinguished herself with contributions to scholarship including, but not limited to, such works as Three Monophysite Christologies: Severus of Anitioch, Philoxenus of Mabbug and Jacob of Sarug (Oxford University Press, 1976), To Pray and to Love: Conversations on Prayer with the Early Church (Augsburg Fortress, 1991), and Houses: A Family Memoir of Grace (Abingdon, 2001).
Bondi is a frequent contributor to the "Christian Century," and a member of both the Academy of Spiritual Formation and the American Academy of Religion. She has worked with the World Council of Churches and the Steering Committee of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA. In February with Emoryï¿½s Center for Women presented her with an Unsung Heroine Award for her leadership at Emory in making a place for women along side men in theology.
"Unusually gifted as both a technical scholar and a remarkably effective communicator, Roberta has been one of Candler's key ambassadors as speaker, retreat leader, author, representative in ecumenical conversations, spiritual director," said Russell E. Richey, former Dean of Candler School of Theology. "She exercised a similar role within the school, her introductory church history course serving to orient students trembling with vocational and spiritual doubts onto the firm path towards effective ministries. Generations of Candler graduates call her 'blessed,' especially women whose subsequent religious leadership owes much to Roberta's example and her opening up the lives of the great women spiritual path-finders, especially Julian of Norwich."
Candler School of Theology, Emory University, is an intellectually vital, internationally distinguished, and intentionally diverse university-based school of theology, committed to educating ministers, scholars of religion, and other leaders, expanding knowledge of religion and theology, deepening spiritual life, strengthening the public witness of the churches, and building upon the breadth of Christian traditions, particularly the Wesleyan heritage, for the positive transformation of church and world. It is one of thirteen United Methodist Church seminaries, and its enrollment includes more than 500 students from over fifty denominations.
Emory University is known for its demanding academics, outstanding undergraduate college of arts and sciences, highly ranked professional schools and state-of-the-art research facilities. For nearly two decades Emory has been named one of the country's top 25 national universities by U.S. News & World Report.