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Mark S. Burrows

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2012ff. Protestant University of Applied Sciences (Evangelische Hochschule Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe), Bochum, Germany. Professor of Theology and Literature; Fachbereich I:  Soziale Arbeit, Bildung und Diakonie 

2007 Die Kirchliche Hochschule, Wuppertal (Germany); Visiting Professor of Spirituality and Ecumenics (Spring Semester, 2007)

1993 - 2011 Andover Newton Theological School (Newton Centre, MA), 1993 – 2011; professor of the History of Christianity; director of the Program for Worship, Theology and the Arts, 2003 - 2011.

1987 - 1992 Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, DC); Associate Professor of the History of Christianity and Historical Theology (1990 – 1992)



Princeton Theological 

1988  Ph.D. History of Christianity, summa cum laude

  1983  M.Div.     Summa cum laude; awarded the Fellowship in the History of Christianity

Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen (Germany)

1978 – 80        Graduate study in Philosophical and Historical Theology (Fulbright/ITT Fellowship; Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship)

Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) 

  1978  B.A. Summa cum laude; double major, Religious Studies and German Studies 



2014       Elected member of the “Bochumer Literaten”(

2013       Recipient of the Witter Bynner Poetry Foundation Fellowship for Translation

2013       Writer in Residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute (August, 2013)

2010       Received research grant from the Wabash Center to direct a collaborative project at the Boston Theological Institute on poetry and the religious imagination

2008     Elected as “Associate in the Arts” member of the St. Botolph Club, Boston

2007–8   Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology

2007–8   Theologian-in-Residence at Old South Church (Boston, MA)      

2008       Elected to Governing Board, the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies (SARTS)

2003-4     President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality

2002        Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality

1997–00  Member of Governing Board, Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality

1996        Elected to the American Theological Society

1995        Elected to the Society of Biblical Theologians

1993-09   Elected to the Joint Doctoral Faculty with Boston College 

1992        Scholar-in-Residence, Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research (Collegeville, MN)

1991        Younger Scholar Fellowship from the Association of Theological Schools

1990        Awarded “The Sidney E. Mead Prize” for dissertation research and publication by the American Society of Church History


Poetic Revelations. Editor, with Jean Ward and Małgorzeta Grzegorzewska.  Vol, 3: The Power of the Word.  London:  Routledge, 2016

Breaking the Silence. Poetic Speech and the Kenotic Word. Editor, with Jean Ward and Małgorzeta Grzegorzewska.  Peter Lang, 2015

Minding the Spirit. The Study of Christian Spirituality. Editor, with Elizabeth Dreyer.  Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005

Jean Gerson and ‘De Consolatione Theologiae’ (1418). The Consolation of a Biblical and Reforming Theology for a Disordered Age. Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 1991.  Reprinted by Wipf and Stock Publications, 2010 (pb.).

Prophetic Memory for the Contemporary Church:  Collected Writings of C. C. Goen.  Editor.  Northlight Studio Press, 1991.

Biblical Hermeneutics in Historical Perspective. Studies in Honor of Karlfried Froehlich on the Occasion of His Sixtieth Birthday.  Editor, with Paul Rorem.  Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1991.


The Chance of Home. Poems, 2018, Paraclete Press.

Meister Eckhart's Book of the Heart. Meditations for Restless Souls, with Jon M. Sweeney. Forthcoming in 2017, Hamden House Press

Paraclete Poetry Anthology. Editor.  Paraclete Press, 2016

Freut euch und singt:  Wild Goose Lieder aus der Iona Community.  Editor and translator, into German, of songs from the Iona Community in Scotland. Strube Verlag, 2015; second revised edition, 2018.

SAID, 99 Psalms.  Translated by Mark Burrows.  [First published as Psalmen.  Munich:  Beck  Verlag, 2007.]  Brewster, MA:  Paraclete Press, 2013.

Rainer Maria Rilke, Prayers of a Young Poet. Translated by Mark Burrows.  [Die Gebete (1899); first published as Das Stunden-Buch, Part I:  “Das Buch vom mönchischen Leben   (1905)].  Brewster, MA:  Paraclete Press, 2013.  Revised paperback edition, 2016.


Guest editor of issue focused on Christian spirituality:  The American Baptist Quarterly 17/3 (March, 1997)

Guest editor, with Paul Rorem, of issue on hermeneutics:  The Lutheran Quarterly n.s. 5 (1991)

Guest editor of issue comprised of essays by and tributes to C. C. Goen:  The American Baptist Quarterly 10/4 (1991) 


Julian’s “All” and the Politics of Paradise.  The Annual JulianFest Lecture, May, 2004, Waukesha,              WI:  The Order of Julian of Norwich, 2005. 


“Einführung,” in Gotthard Fermor, Ed., Rainer Maria Rilke, Das Buch der Pilgerschaft. Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlag, 2016)

“A Sense of Presence,” in Paraclete Poetry Anthology. Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2016, xi –xxvii.

“Epiphanies of Mystery: On Hearing the Music of Silence at the Boundaries of Tradition,” Spiritus 16 (2016): 257 – 65.

“Seeing Through Words: Poetry as a Visual Art,” Arts (2016): 38 – 48.

“Henry David Thoreau – Grasping the Community of the World: A Review Essay,” The Polish Journal of American Studies 10 (2016).

“Through the Looking Glass,” The Dublin Review of Books 83 (November, 2016).

“Dreaming Beside the River:  The Mississippi as American Vernacular,” in Southern Quarterly (2016)

 “The Heart-Work of Poems in an Often Heartless Age.” The Dublin Review of Books (2016).

“Listening into the Heart’s Silences.”  In Weavings 31 (2016): 26 – 30. 

“’The Poet Alone Unites the World’: The Poetics of Praise in Rainer Maria Rilke’s The Duino Elegies.”  In Literature and Theology 29 (2015):  415 – 30.

 “The Torn Flesh of Love.”  In Weavings 30 (2015): 31 – 36. 

 “Like a Word Still Ripening in the Silences”:  Rainer Maria Rilke and the Transformations of Poetry.  In Poetic Revelations.  Word Made Flesh Made Word.  Vol. 3, The Power of the Word.  Edited by Mark S. Burrows, Jean Ward, and Małgosia Grzegorzewska.  London:  Ashgate, 2015.

“’Prayer Is the Little Implement’:  Poetic Speech and the Gestures of Prayer in Christian Traditions.” In Poetry and Prayer.  Vol. 2, The Power of the Word.  Edited by Francesca Bugliani Knox and

John Took.  London:  Ashgate, 2015.

“’There Is a Verge of the Mind’:  Imagination and Mystical Gesture in Rilke’s Later Poems.  Poetry and the Religious Imagination.  Vol. 1, The Power of the Word.  Edited by Francesca Bugliani-Knox and David Lonsdale.  London:  Ashgate, 2015.

“Einführung,” Rainer Maria Rilke, Das Stunden-Buch.  Edited by Gotthard Fermor.  Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2014.

“’Es muss neu gespielt werden’.  Poetische Grundlagen einer zukunftsschenkenden Gemeindepädagogik,“ in Spiritualität interdisziplinär.  Edited by Bernd Beuscher and Hildegard Mogge-Grotjahn.  Berlin:  Lit Verlag, 2014.

“A Grace of Sense,” in Spiritus 13 (2013):  235 – 38.

“Five Psalms.”  Translations of poems by SAID, in Almost Island (2013).            (

“Four Psalms.”  Translations of poems by SAID, Seminary Ridge Review 15 (2013): 117 – 120.

“The Energy of Poetry in a Culture of Saturation,” ARTS.  A Journal of the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies.  24:2 (2013).   At:      

“The Waking Heart” Weavings 27 (2013).

“Love Is a Direction,” with John H. Ohlson, Jr., in Weavings 27 (August, 2012): 11 – 17.

“Five Psalms.”  Translations, with Translator’s Statement, of poems by Iranian-German poet SAID, in Poetry 199: 6 (March, 2012): 542 – 48.

“A Passion That We Feel,” in Weavings 26 (2011): 7 – 13.

“’Not Enough Silence’ and the Real Absence of God in Evangelical Worship,” in Boston Theological Institute Journal 10 (2011): 18 – 21.

“Foreword,” Seasons of a New Heart.  Poets Corner Anthology (Adelaide, South Australia:  ELC Publications, 2010), 1 – 2.

“Bernard of Clairvaux:  On Loving God,” in Christian Spirituality.  The Classics, edited by Arthur Holder (London and New York:  Routledge, 2010):  86 – 97.

“Wir Sind Brennendes,” in Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag Bremen, edited by Silke Lechner. Gütersloh:  Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2010:  326 – 30.

E Pluribus Unum?  Der ‘weitersprechende Gott’ in der pluralistischen Gesellschaft Nordamerikas“ in Die Sichtbarkeit des christlichen Glaubens:  Kirche und Theologie in der Öffentlichkeit, edited by Henning Wrogemann (Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany:  Neukirchner Verlag, 2010):  14 – 24.

“In a Dark Time,” Weavings 24 (2009): 36 – 43.

“Clothing, Commerce, and Character,” Wild Apples 4 (2009):  34 – 8.

“The Hardest Love We Carry,” Weavings 23 (2008):  36 – 45.

“Wilson Chapel:  A New Meetinghouse for a School ‘Set on a Hill,’” in Faith and Form:  The                 Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art and Architecture (2008): 16 – 20.

“Reviving Election Day Sermons,” The Common (2008): 1 – 3.

“Die Laterne der Barmherzigkeit,“ die Bibelarbeit für die Synode der Evangelischen Kirche 

Im Rheinland, in Wirtschaften für das Leben:  Stellungnahme zur wirtschaftlichen  Globalisierung und ihren Herausforderungen für die Kirchen. Ergebnisse derLandessynode  2008 (May, 2008): 133 – 37.

“Complexity, Failure, and Hope in Interreligious Relationships,” The Old South Reporter (Winter, 2008): 1 – 4.

“Vigils and the Rest,” Weavings 22 (2007): 23 – 33.

“God is a Word Unspoken:  Reading Bernard McGinn’s The Flowering of Medieval Mysticism,” The Harvard Theological Review (January, 2007).

“Julian of Norwich” and “Jean Gerson” in Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters, edited by     Donald McKim (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2007).

“Allegorical Reading and Monastic Body-Building:  Bernard of Clairvaux on the Song of Songs,” in Scrolls of Love.  Essays on Ruth and the Song of Songs.  Edited by Peter S. Hawkins and Lesleigh Cushing.  New York, 2007.

“Eine andere Welt ist möglich:  Die Berufung einer Kirche für gerechten Frieden in einer globalisierten Welt,“ in Evangelischer Pressedienst Dokumentation 2 (2006): 27 – 34.

“‘There’s a Thread You Follow’:  A Contemporary Appropriation of St. Benedict’s Rule,” On the Way. The Teaching Church, edited by Frederick R. Trost. Minneapolis, MN, 2005.

“Another World Is Possible:  The Vocation of a Just Peace Church in a Globalized World,” in UCC/UEK Newsletter (2005):  47 – 57.

“Jesus Goes to the Yard Sales,” Weavings 20 (2005):  28 – 36.

“‘Peering into the Abyss of the Future’:  Empire in the Age of Globalization and the Call for a New Ecumenism,” Theologies and Cultures 2 (2005):  26 – 55.

“Allegory” and “Poetry and Poetics,” in Dictionary of Christian Spirituality.  Philip Sheldrake, editor, London and Louisville, KY:  SCM Press and Westminster/John Knox, 2005.

“’Raiding the Inarticulate’:  Mysticism, Poetics, and the Unlanguageable.”  Spiritus 4 (2004); also published in Minding the Spirit.  The Study of Christian Spirituality,

edited by Mark S. Burrows and Elizabeth Dreyer.  Baltimore, MD:  Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.

“Hunters, Hounds, and Allegorical Readers:  The Body of the Text and the Text of the Body in Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sermons on the Song of Songs.Studies in Spirituality 14 (2004).

“Dismantling The Da Vinci Code:  Gospel Fantasy,” The Christian Century 121 (2004).

“Grace Shaped in Weakness,” Weavings 19 (2004).

“The Thread of Life:  Marks of Community in Saint Benedict’s Rule,” CrossPoint 15: 2 (2002): 11 – 15 (part 1) and 15: 3 (2002): 40 – 5 (part 2).

“‘To Taste With the Heart’:  Allegory, Poetics, and the Deep Reading of Scripture,” Interpretation                    (2002):  168 – 202.

“The Future of Kirchengemeinschaft:  Ecclesial Partnership as Mission and Vocation for our                               Churches,” in The EKU/UCC Bulletin 19/1 (2002): 12 – 15. 

“Deep Calls to Deep,” in “You Gave the Weary Your Hand”:  Bearing Witness to the Light, through the Shadows of September 11, 2001 (Madison, WI:  The UCC/EKU Working Group, 2001).

“At the Boundary of Imagination:  Rainer Maria Rilke and the Poetics of Theological Negation,” Studies in Spirituality (Fall, 2000), 33 – 50.

“Jean Gerson,” Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation, edited by John Hayes (Nashville:  Abingdon, 1999), 443 – 44.

“Andover Newton Theological School:  Traditions, Transitions, Trajectories,” The American Baptist Quarterly 18 (1999): 131 – 43.

“Foundations for an Erotic Christology:  Bernard of Clairvaux on Jesus as ‘Tender Lover,’“ The Anglican Theological Review 80 (1998), 477 – 93.

“Jean Gerson” Major Biblical Interpreters, edited by Donald McKim (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1998).

“Jean Gerson,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited by Norman Kretzmann (London: Routledge, 1998).

 “‘And Yett He Sufferyth With Us’:  Divine Suffering in Julian of Norwich’s Revelation of Love,” Studies in Spirituality 7 (1997):  99 – 112.

“‘There the Dance Is’:  Entering the Landscape of Spirituality,” The American Baptist Quarterly (March, 1997).

“Introduction” and translation of excerpt from Martin Luther, The Sermon on the Mount, in A Critical Reader in the Theological Interpretation of Scripture, edited by Stephen Fowl, Cambridge, England, 1996.

“Imagination, Fiction, and the Raising of the Dead:  The Spider’s Web and the Historian’s Art,” Christian Spirituality BulletinThe Journal of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality 4 (1996): 16 – 19.

“‘Poetry Makes Nothing Happen’:  The Lesson and the Arts,” Lectionary Homiletics 7 (1996): 5 – 6,                  16 – 17, 24, 33.

“Words That Reach Into the Silence:  Mystical Languages of Unsaying,” Christian Spirituality BulletinThe Journal of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality 3 (1995): 1 – 5; also published in Minding the Spirit.  The Study of Christian Spirituality, edited by Mark S. Burrows and Elizabeth Dreyer, Baltimore, MD:  Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.

“The Pluralism of Grace:  Homosexuality and Communion in the Church,” On the Way 12 (1995): 5 - 25.

“Naming the God Beyond Names:  Wisdom from the Tradition on the Old Problem of God Language,” Modern Theology 9 (1993): 37 – 53.

“Globalization, Pluralism, and Ecumenics:  The Old Question of Catholicity in a New Cultural Horizon,” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 29 (1992): 346 – 67.

“In Defense of Allegory:  On Entering the ‘Shadows’ of the Biblical Text,” in Occasional Papers of the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research (1992).

“‘A Unity Reflecting God’:  A Dionysian Approach to Intrinsic Ecumenism and the ‘Separated Churches,’” Mid-Stream 31 (1992): 200 – 21.

“An Aesthetic of Ecumenism for the Divided Churches,” New Theology Review 5 (1992): 88 – 93.

“C. C. Goen, Historian of the Church,” American Baptist Quarterly 10 (1991):  246 – 55.

“Jean Gerson on ‘the Traditioned Sense’ of Scripture as an Argument for an Ecclesial Hermeneutic,” in Biblical Hermeneutics in Historical Perspective, edited by Mark S. Burrows and Paul Rorem.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1991.

“Gerson after Constance:  Via Media et Regia as a Revision of the Ockhamist Covenant,” Church                    History 59 (1990); awarded “The Sidney E. Mead Prize” by the American Society of Church History, 1990.

“Christianity in the Roman Forum:  Tertullian and the Apologetic Use of History,” in The Christian and Judaic Invention of History, edited by Jacob Neusner, Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press, 1990.

Devotio Moderna:  Reforming Faith in the Fifteenth Century,” in Spiritual Traditions for the Contemporary Church.  Edited by Robin Maas, Gabriel O’Donnell, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1990.

“The Catholic Revision of an American Myth:  The Ecclesiology of Orestes Brownson as an Apology of American Catholicism,” The Catholic Historical Review 76 (1990):  18 – 43.

Translator, Wilhelm Neuser, “Calvin’s Understanding of the Notae Fidelium:  An Overlooked Facet of The Institutes (IV.1.8),” in Probing the Reformed Tradition:   Festschrift for Edward E. Dowey, Jr., edited by Elsie McKee, Brian Armstrong., Philadelphia:  Westminster Press, 1989.

“Christianity in the Roman Forum:  Tertullian and the Apologetic Use of History,” Vigiliae Christianae 42 (1988):  209 – 35.

“Christus intra nos vivens:  The Peculiar Shape of Bullinger’s Doctrine of Sanctification,” Die Zeitschrift für Kirchengeschichte 98 (1987): 48 – 69.

“A Historical Reconsideration of Newman and Liberalism:  Newman and Mivart on Science and the Church,” The Scottish Journal of Theology 40 (1987):  399 – 419.

“On the Visibility of God in the Holy Man:  A Reappraisal of the Role of the Apa in the Pachomian itae,” Vigiliae Christianae 41 (1987):  11 – 33.

“Another Look at the Sources of De Consolatione Philosophiae:  Boethius’ Echo of Augustine’s Doctrine of Providentia,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies (1986):  27 – 41.


A volume of new poems, The Chance of Home, will be published in 2018.  Poems and translations have appeared in Poetry, Southern Quarterly, The Cortland Review, Anglican Theological Review, Eremos (Australia),Weavings, Almost Island, Metamorphoses, Reunion:  The Dallas Review, 91st Meridian, Oneing, AMOS (Germany), The Tablet, First Things, Christian Century, and The Seminary Ridge Review, among others.  A large number of my Rilke translations were published in two volumes by Stephanie Dowrick:  In the Company of Rilke (Allen and Unwin, 2007; Tarcher, 2011) and her recent anthology, Heaven on EarthTimeless Prayers of Wisdom and Love (Allen and Unwin, and Tarcher, 2014).  Poems have also appeared in Like Leaves in the Sun:  Prayers from the Iona Community (Wild Goose Publications, 2013), and in a multilingual anthology, An der Kreuzung der Kulturen, II, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the death of Else Lasker-Schüler (2015).



Member of the Advisory Board, “The Power of the Word” Conferences, sponsored by Heythrop College and the University of London, Institute of English Studies (London in 2011 and 2012; Gdansk, Poland, in 2013; Rome, in 2015; and, 2017, in Oxford).

Associate Editor of “In Poetry” for ARTS:  Journal of the Society for Religious and Theological Studies (2014–).

Founding member of the Advisory Board of the European Society for the Study of Christianity Spirituality (2014–).

Chair of panels at “The Power of the Word Conference IV” at Sant’ Anselmo, Rome, June, 2015; “The Power of the Word Conference III” at the University of Gdansk, Poland, September, 2013; “The Power of the Word Conference II” at Heythrop College and the University of   London, School of Advanced Studies, London, June, 2012.

Member of the Governing Board, Society for the Arts in Religion and Theological Studies, 2009 – 2013.

Poetry Editor for Spiritus.  A Journal of Christian Spirituality, 2008–.

Member of the Board, Ruah Spirituality Institute, Brookline, MA, 2002 – 12; trustee, 2002 – 2008.

Consulting Editor for Theologies and Cultures, Formosa Christianity and Culture Research Centre and Chang Jung Christian University, Taiwan, 2002–. 

Member of the Editorial Board of Prism:  The Theological Forum of the United Church of Christ, 1997 – 2010.

President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, 2002 – 3; Vice President, 2001 – 2. Program committee responsible for organizing medieval sections for the ASCH’s annual meeting in Chicago, IL, January, 2003.

Organized and chaired medieval history session at the AHA/ASCH annual meeting in Boston, MA, January, 2001.

Chaired session on medieval spirituality at the ASCH/ACHA meeting in Santa Fe, NM, April, 2001.

Member of the Joint Doctoral Faculty (History) of Boston College, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and Andover Newton Theological School, 1993 – 2009; convener, History section, 2001 –  2.


Academy of American Poets (associate member)

American Academy of Religion 

American Literary Translators Association

Bochumer Literaten (invited member; 2014–)  

European Center for the Study of Spirituality (Advisory Board)

Internationale Rilke-Gesellschaft

Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (past President)

Society for the Arts and Religion in Contemporary Culture (elected fellow)

Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies (past Board member)