Medi Volpe Ayres
Medi Ann Volpe is a theologian whose work stands at the intersection of Christian formation, theological anthropology, spirituality and ethics. Her work brings contemporary theological themes into conversation with voices from the classical Christian tradition, particularly Gregory of Nyssa. She also has a special interest in what the Church can learn from the lives of those with intellectual disabilities. A native Californian, Volpe earned a Ph.D. from Duke University and an M.A. from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena CA. Her undergraduate degree is from from Occidental College in LA. She has taught at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, and most recently at St John's College, Durham University in the UK, where she is currently Research Fellow in Catholic Theology. Her first book, Rethinking Christian Identity: Doctrine and Discipleship was published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2013. She is currently working on a new project entitled Resurrecting the Body: An Essay on the Life of the Church for Fortress Press.
Alongside her academic endeavors, Volpe is mother to Anna, Thomas, Iain and Lucy and active in the work of bringing the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to schools and parishes in Northeast England. She is also involved in Faith and Light and is currently exploring the possibilities of establishing a L’Arche-affiliated community in Durham.