Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education 

Director, Fahs Collaborative Laboratory for Innovation in Faith Formation

Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago

 610 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

Tel: 312-546-6479              Fax: 312-327-7068








Academic and Work Experience

Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education and Director, Fahs Collaborative Laboratory for Innovation in Faith Formation

Meadville Lombard Theological School


Associate Professor of Educational Transformation, Initiatives in Educational Transformation

College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia


Libra Scholar [Visiting University Professor]

University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine

Fall 2004

Assistant Professor of Educational Transformation, Initiatives in Educational Transformation, Arlington Campus

College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University, Arlington Virginia


Andrew Mellon Research Fellow

Mellon Foundation, Princeton, New Jersey


Assistant Dean, Columbia College

Columbia University, New York, New York


Associate Director of Admission

Rice University, Houston, Texas


Assistant Director of Admission

Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas


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Teaching, Curricular Innovation and Leadership

Institutional Leadership

Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago, Illinois

• Revitalized and launched the Fahs Collaborative Laboratory for Leaders in Faith and Learning • Co-creating pedagogical strategies supporting the new model for ministerial formation; • Integrating the “scholarship of teaching and learning” into the work of faith and human development; • Conducting seminal research and developing a new theoretical framework for faith development for People of Color in Predominately White Religious Communities; • Creating next generation of teaching strategies to educate privileged learners engaged in social justice advocacy; • Identified and incorporated technological tools to improve teaching and deepen the experience of the Meadville Learning Community.


George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia

Initiatives in Educational Transformation (IET) • Acting Director; supervised support staff; moderator for faculty meetings, professional development, intellectual leadership; liaison to CEHD leadership; liaison to non-university entities.; • Co-created a professional development curriculum designed to deepen and expand teachers’ sense of role and accountability to students and families; • Co-created a series of aesthetic curricular units that raise teacher consciousness around issues of race, class, ethnicity, gender, body image, sexual orientation, developmental capacity and other forms of human diversity; • Empowered teachers to connect with their sense of self-authority, imagination and creativity.


Columbia University, New York City

• Co-created the residential college [house] system for undergraduate liberal arts students, including serving as Dean of McBain-River House for 300 students. • Responsible for the re-design of the educational curriculum for resident advisers in undergraduate houses; 1993-1996.


Teaching and Curriculum Leadership

We Who Defy Hate: Preparation for Interfaith Social Justice Action

View, Jenice L & Hicks, Mark A. (2016). The Fahs Collaborative: Chicago.


Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race & Ethnicity (2nd edition)

Hicks, M.A. (2015). Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race & Ethnicity. (2nd edition). An eight unit, experiential curriculum designed to surface and explore how the construct of race/ethnicity shapes individuals and congregational life. Fahs Collaborative Classroom: Chicago.


Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth

Hicks, M.A. (2011). Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth (2011). Selected to design and test a pilot curriculum that prepares UU congregations to engage the spiritual and social justice dimensions of environmental justice. UUA: Boston.


Building The World We Dream About

Hicks, M.A. (2010). Building the World We Dream About. Selected by the Association to design and develop its first curriculum to develop multi-racial/multicultural congregations.


The Riverside Church in the City of New York

The Riverside Church in the City of New York. Facilitated the development of small-group courses to meet the spiritual needs of a justice-oriented, multi-denominational, multi-cultural Protestant cathedral; Co-Chair, 65th Anniversary of The Riverside Church.


National Association of College Admission Counseling

Hicks, M.A. & Shere, C. (1999). National Association of College Admission Counseling. Designed and piloted a graduate seminar/curriculum to transform the paradigm of how admission officers approach the recruitment and selection of underrepresented students.


D.C. Voice

D.C. Voice. Developed an action-research course for this progressive, grass-roots professional development non-profit program for District of Columbia teachers. Using the Smithsonian’s Museum of African Art as a base, helped District of Columbia teachers begin to see possibilities for how to transform their paradigm of teaching and learning practices.


Oklahoma Department of Health and Human Services

Designed and presented keynotes and weekend courses that encouraged human service workers re-think their paradigm around delivery of services to minority elders throughout the state of Oklahoma; 2001-2002.


Institute for Intercultural Communication

With L. Lee Knefelkamp, designed an intensive, holistic course for multicultural workers attempting to fuse multicultural theory and practice.


Refereed Publications (Partial Listing)

Rewards and Challenges of Educating in Faith Traditions.

In, The Oxford Handbook for Religion and Education. Oxford Press: London.

In Press; 2016

Teaching your heart: Pedagogical liturguy in challenging times.

In, Crossing Lines: Embodying our environmental justice commitment. Skinner House: Boston.

In Press; 2016

Barriers to transformation: Collaboration for justice within mixed educatioanl communities.

In, The Handbook of Research on the Social Foundations of Education. Routledge: New York.


The pedagogical artistry of shifting paradigms.

In, A people so bold. Skinner House: Boston.


SEEDs of promise: Transformative learning communities for diverse schools

With Diane Wood, Shari Winton and Debra Smith. In, Multicultural Perspectives, (10)1 30-34.


From hope to action: Creating spaces to sustain transformative habits of mind and heart

With, Jennifer Berger and Gretchen Givens Generett. In, The Journal of Transformative Education.


Lessons from rental cars: The struggle to create communities of reflection

In, Educational Studies, (38)2. Special issue, "The problem of colorblindness is US education".


Teaching Hearts and Minds to Open for Multicultural Change.

Hicks, M.A. (2017). In Unitarian Universalists of Color: Stories of Struggle, Courage, Love and Faith. Yamamoto, Snell and Hanami (Eds). Lulu Online Publishing.

Beyond reflective competency: Teaching for audacious hope-in-action.

In, The Journal for Transformative Education, (2)3.


Self-Study through personal history

With, A. Samaras, J. Berger. In, The International Handbook of Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices. Kluwer Press: New York.


MIssles or music: Rethinking dichotomies of school funding.

In, Proceedings of Philosophy of Education.


Toward reflective admission work: Making the case for a transformative approach to admission practice

In, The Journal of College Admission, 178


Problems into possibilities: Fordham University explores new directions for thought and practice.

In, The Journal of College Admission, 179.


Loosening the bonds of conventionalism: Problems and possibilities of transformative pedagogy

In, Teacher Development, 6 (1).


Culture Clash: Teacher and student identities and the procession toward freedom

In, Transforming Teacher Education: Lessons in professional development. Bergin and Garvey: New York.


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Partial Listing 2008-2015

Celebration of Shared Ministry: Fahs Fellows, Cohort 2.   UU General Assembly.  Portland, OR (2015).


Sewing Seeds of Incubation (with H. Westall).  General Assembly, Portland, OR (2015).


EcoJustice Collaboratory.  UU Ministry for Earth.  Detroit, MI.  (2014)


Dancing on the Edge of Meaning: Religious Leadership for a Multi-Racial, Multicultural and Theologically Diverse World.  UU Ministers Association Center for Excellence in Ministry. St. Petersburg, FL.    (2013)

Keynote:  Leaning as an Act of Liberation. Collegium:  An Association for Liberal Religious Education Studies.  Chicago, Illinois. (2012)


Rhythm, pitch, and timbre:  The Elements of Multicultural Competence for Musicians.  with Nancy Palmer Jones.  UU Musicians Network Annual Meeting; Tulsa, OK.  (2012)

Fahs Lecture.  Toward a Religious Education for People of Color. Unitarian Universalist General Assembly.  Charlotte, North Carolina. (2011). 

Keynote:  Experience the Vision:  2010 Arthur Judy Lecture.  Prairie Star District Annual Meeting.  Davenport, Iowa. (2010). 

Becoming our Future Selves.  Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington; Arlington, Virginia. (2010). 

Keynote:  Toward Inclusive Excellence.  Now is the Time Conference for Multi-racial, Multicultural Congregations.  UUA; Tulsa, Oklahoma. (2009).

Making Room for Deep Change:  Mechanics of Transforming Conceptions of Economics & Justice.  World Council of Churches Conference on Economics and Justice.  Nashville,
Tennessee.  (2008). 



Arlington County Public Schools, Virginia

Arts and Education Partnership

Collaborative Inquiry and Development Group

DC Voice, Washington, District of Columbia

First Unitarian Church, Portland, OR

Fordham University Office of Undergraduate Admission, New York

Frederick Community College, Maryland

Fulbright Scholars, Columbia University, New York

Philadelphia Youth Network, Philadelphia, PA

Princeton University, New Jersey

Southeastern Louisiana State University Office of Student Affairs

Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, Executive Board, Boston

Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, Executive Board, Boston

US Department of Education

US Department of State/USDA Graduate



 Unleashing your Multicultural Ministry.  Students and Teaching Pastors join together to develop skills and hearts and minds that respond to the Multicultural Now.


The Method is the Message.  Topic:  Human and faith formation theory fused with religious education pedagogy.

Religious Education for a Changing World.  Topic:   philosophy, history, faith and human development, methods and controversies within liberal religious education.

Congregational Studies Seminar.  Topic:  Academic seminar that accompanies congregational

Multi-Racial Congregations and Faith Formation.  Topic:  Praxis-style course that models the skills necessary to promote faith formation in a liberal multi-racial, multicultural and theologically diverse congregation.

Walk the Talk:  Developing Competency in Cross-Cultural Communication.  Topic:  a skills-based
course teaching effective communication skills in high-stakes encounters.


National S.E.E.D. Project on Inclusive Curriculum

Funded by Lucent Technologies Foundation, member of a three-person team to document the impact of the S.E.E.D. Project.  The S.E.E.D. Project, which draws on the work of Peggy McIntosh and Emily Style, is an equity project for K-12 teachers, preparing them to lead yearlong seminars in their schools.  These seminars focus on creating greater access to learning for all students through the development of cross-cultural understanding; 2003-2004.

Arts and Education Partnership
Funded by the Ford Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education, explored the role of the arts In improving academic performance for impoverished schools; 2002-2003.

2010 - present

2010 - present





 Creating Theology Together.  

Our newest curriculum is a learning exercise that invites individuals to not only identify their theological commitments, but to do so in the company of others who may or may not share your same beliefs.  Led by ministers and religious educators,  to inform & shape a public theology that grounds our faithful actions in the world.  Curriculum launch:  June 2019.


Gathering Our Selves: Faith Formation for the Melanin Majority. Based on the ourcome of my work over the last five years, it's clear to me that the human and faith development of people of color in  primarly White cultural context can cause psycho-spiritual distress among non-dominant cultural groups.   Gathering Ourselves reverses that trend and orients participants toward flourishing ways of thinking, feeling, and being.








UUA Commission on Instituional Change.  Walnut Creek, CA   Oct. 1-3


Race and Formation as a Family Matter.   Eno River, Durham, NC. Oct 19-21.



Keynote:  Tools for The Shift: Foundational Insights for Transformive Communities"  Mosiac Makers National Conference.  San Diego, CA.  Oct. 28-31.

Workshop: Gathering Our Selves Spiritual Direction for People of Color.   CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry.  Jan 22-26, 2818








Liberal Religious Educators Association, Fall Conference.  Houston, TX  Nov. 2-5


Multicultural Congregations as Faith Formation (with Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen).  All Souls Church and The Church of the Restoration.   October 28-Nov 2.  Tulsa, Oklahoma









Just published!   "Religious Education and the Traditions," in The Oxford Handbook on Religion and Higher Education (2018).  The article is a review of the history, trends and practices employed by religious workers in transmitting religiosity to its faithful. The chapter is also an excellent resource for teachers and those curious about exploring how faith formation “works” as well as the role specific teaching practices. The handbook features preeminent scholars from the fields of religion (some excellent scholarship on faith formation!) education, law, and political science to craft a comprehensive survey and assessment of the study of religion and education in the United States






ChicagoLand BC Retreat, Oak Park, IL (Unity Temple); Nov 16-17


Cedar Lane, Maryland; January 18-19


San Luis Obispo, CA; Feb 1-2


All Souls, Unitarian, Washington, DC Feb. 22-23







October 2013 was an extrordinary month for many reasons.  Stll hard to put it all into context but I was joined by 18 Unitarian Universalists from my home congregation to connect our African American identities back to Africa.   Titled, “Sankofa: Looking Back in Order to Move Forward,” pilgrimage to Ghana, site of the slave castles that were the point of departure for The Middle Passage.  A few insights from my journey are posted here.