Helene T. Russell

Associate Professor of Theology

Phone: (317) 931-4227

Email: hrussell@cts.edu

Helene Russell joined the CTS faculty in the Fall of 2002. From 1997 to 2002, she taught religious studies at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and was previously an instructor at both Albertson College of Idaho and Claremont McKenna College in California.

Russell graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in religion and psychology. She received her M.A. in theological studies from the School of Theology at Claremont, California, and her Ph.D. in the philosophy of religion and theology from the Claremont Graduate School.

Russell has published the book The Pluralism Within: a Reconstruction of Theological Anthropology based on Soren Kierkegaard and Luce Irigaray (Mercer University Press, 2010) and edited Creating Women's Theology: A Movement Engaging Process Thought (Pickwick Publications, 2011). The project she is currently undertaking with K. Brynolf Lyon is an interdisciplinary examination of prayer through the lens of Otherness. Her other research interests include the interface between process feminist theology and feminist theory.

Russell has given several professional presentations at the American Academy of Religion on topics such as "Kierkegaard and Process Theology," "Peer Mentoring," and "Using Kierkegaard Pedagogically." Recently, she gave the Chapman College, California, baccalaureate address entitled, "We are One, But Not the Same." An article based on this address, "We are One, But We are Not the Same," has been published in Encounter.

Russell also periodically contributes to lectionary projects for both the Process and Faith Center and the Human Rights Campaign. Her article “Out in Scripture” is accessible on the Human Rights Campaign website.

Russell is a practicing Episcopalian, serving at the altar and in the healing ministry of a local congregation.

Curriculum Vitae


Articles and Chapters 

  • "Kierkegaard's Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing:  Highlighting Double-Mindedness:  Barriers or Beacons?" Doxology: A Journal of Worship Vol. 22 (2005). 
  • "Kierkegaard's Dialectical Dance:  Spheres of Essence" in Religion and Its Relevance in Post-Modernism:  Essays in Honor of Jack C. Verheyden. John S. Park and Gayle D. Beebe, ed. The Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY, 2001.