Associate Professor of Christian Education

B.S. Texas Wesleyan University, 1997
M.R.E. Southern Methodist University, 2000
Ph.D. Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2004
Joined Eden Faculty, 2008

Mai-Anh Le Tran invites students of her courses on religion and education ministry to grapple with adaptive challenges and paradigmatic shifts in contemporary local and global cultural and religious landscapes. She challenges learners to conceive of religious education as formational and transformational, and fundamentally an intentional, on-going enterprise of theological seeing, interpreting, and responding to lived faith and lived experiences in correlation with fluid and dynamic cultural and religious traditions. 

“The field of religious education invites reflections on matters of ‘faith’ and ‘formation’; on visions of ‘ultimate environment’ that sustain meaning and purpose for individuals and communities; on ‘deep, rich, complex, nuanced’ languages of spiritual yearnings that ‘regulate and shape’ our lives, lest ‘bread alone kills us.’ The minister as religious professional would do well to recognize that in facilitating religious knowing and religious learning, they are assisting communities of faith in the most primal activities of daily living: eating, praying, loving.” 

Dr. Tran’s involvement in professional activities includes serving as Vice President/Program Chair for the Religious Education Association: Association of Professors, Practitioners, and Researchers in Religious Education (REA: APPRE) 2013-2014 and President 2014-2015. Dr. Tran is also an editorial board member for Horizons Book Series and consulting editor for Encyclopedia of Christian Education. She is a member of the Curriculum Review Committee of The United Methodist Church and The United Methodist Publishing House as well as the International Association of Practical Theology.

The focus of her writings has been local/global intersections of race, gender, and class in religious identity formation and practices. Selected works can be found in the Religious Education Journal, Christians in Education, The NIB’s Pastor’s Bible Study series, and Ways of Being, Ways of Reading: Asian American Biblical Interpretation. Her current research focuses on religion, education and violence.

Dr. Tran came to Eden from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, where she was Assistant Professor of Religious Education and Asian American Studies. Dr. Tran is an ordained Elder and member of the California-Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has traveled to, studied, or taught in over ten different countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, American and Western Samoa, Malaysia, and Germany.
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