The Rev. Dr. Shively T. J. Smith is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Boston University School of Theology. Smith is dedicated to extending academic theological studies, interfaith and ecumenical conversations into the global, public square. Her research focuses on: epistolary and Petrine studies, diaspora rhetoric, hermeneutics, and Howard Thurman. She has appeared on the History Channel Documentary, “Jesus, His Life” and presented at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Smith is also the author of Strangers to Family: Diaspora and 1 Peter’s Invention of God’s Household. Currently, she is a 2020-21 Teacher-Scholar of the Calvin Institute, and forthcoming 2021-22 Louisville Institute Scholar of Color Book Grantee. She is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and proudly serves as member and resident scholar at the historic Metropolitan AME Church (Washington, DC).