About

Myriam Renaud. Photo by Andrew Collings.“The Naked Theologian” is ordinarily clothed. Online, I’m known as TNT. In the nondigital world, I’m known as Myriam Renaud. I’m an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister currently working on a doctorate in Constructive Theology. I try to post regularly, but I sometimes have to put the blogging aside to focus on my ten million other commitments.

Some of my recent activities: I am the Managing Editor of Sightings, an online twice-weekly publication about religion in current events sponsored by the University of Chicago Divinity School’s Martin Marty Center. I regularly contribute theology columns to the UU World magazine. I have been featured on Chicago’s Progressive radio station WCPT, taught “Liberal Theology” at Meadville Lombard Theological School, “World Religions” at Morton College, and “Theology for Unitarian Universalists” online through the UU Church of the Larger Fellowship. I serve on the Advisory Board of the Unitarian Universalist Ministry at the Great Lakes Naval Recruit Training Center. I am a Community Minister affiliated with the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church, and serve on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Commission on Appraisal.

My areas of scholarly interest: philosophical theology, religious ethics, history of Christian thought, history of Jewish thought, the history of Islamic thought.

I much appreciate your comments to my posts. I’ve sometimes changed my mind because of them and have often reflected further on my views. I monitor other blogs that respond to my postings. Again, fellow bloggers have caused me to think again.

So thanks for reading my posts, thanks for your comments, and thanks for engaging my work in your blogs!

11 thoughts on “About”

  1. Great start, Myriam…I look forward to more. I wrote about you, here http://iminister.blogspot.com/.

    If you go to uupdates.net, you can sign your blog up so that we all will be notified whenever you post.

    Christine

  2. Good luck with yr new project!

    Our mutual friend Christine speaks highly of you…

    yr colleague,

    James

  3. Brian Covell said:

    Myriam:
    Intriguing start–I look forward to boosting this blog in my TUC newsletter column, starting with January 2009.
    -Cheers,
    BHC

  4. linda myers said:

    hey…heard about your new blog from following Christine’s…remember me? you were the one who invited me to join the worship committee, and helped me start to feel involved at First UU….I’ve followed your progress — not surprised at your (long and vigorous) strides!! Thanks for your inspiration so many years ago…would like to follow your blog, so hopefully you will pursue some way of letting others know when you’ve posted…

  5. Julia McKay, MDiv said:

    Hello Myriam,

    I heard about your blog from your mother’s email. I am currently a UU Minister-in-training on the last legs of her internship in Seattle. Will be seeing the MFC in March in Chicago. My home congregation is High Plains where of-course I met your mom, Maryse! I am that congregation’s first seminarian. ;-) Just thought I would introduce myself . . .

    I am sooo glad to see you engaging in this exercise as a UU minister/theologian. I have recently been having long conversation with a congregant who feels that UU ministers MUST begin articulating thoughts, ideas, definitions about God, etc. . .

    I look forward to reading more!
    Every blessing,
    Julia McKay, MA, MDiv.

  6. Absolutely fascinating. I became engrossed and had to read all your posts. It was so good seeing you these last two weeks, and running into you yesterday was such a pleasant and welcome surprise. Next time we’ll meet across the country in your city. Much love to you and your family.

  7. Hi Myriam,

    Claudine notified me to your blog. I might read some of your postings to my Fellowship group at Arlington (VA) UU Church. Fully attributed to you, of course. We do simple lay-led services every Friday night, then go out for dinner and drinks. It really gets a lot of 30-somethings involved with the UU church. I like the postings I’ve read! Sorry it will end in two weeks : (

    Greg McFarland
    (from Rolla, MO)
    but now in Arlington, VA

  8. Greg McFarland said:

    typed my email wrong!

  9. Jim Smith said:

    I just discovered this site when you posted a link to it on James’ Facebook site.

    I love it. Your posts are interesting, brilliant, well thought out and well written. I want to read more…..and more.

  10. hey…heard about your new blog from following Christine’s…remember me? you were the one who invited me to join the worship committee, and helped me start to feel involved at First UU….I’ve followed your progress — not surprised at your (long and vigorous) strides!! Thanks for your inspiration so many years ago…would like to follow your blog, so hopefully you will pursue some way of letting others know when you’ve posted…
    +1

  11. Hi Myriam, I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. No pressure if you don’t want to participate. I am happy to just introduce your blog to my readers as well! If you would like to participate or read what I wrote about your site then follow this link: http://homeandspirit.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/very-inspiring-blogger-award/. Regards! Teresa

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