About Me

Curriculum Vitae


PhD Candidate, Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University, Atlanta, GA,

Dissertation: Reconciling Abraham’s Children: A Theology & Practice of Interfaith Peace Education with Youth

MDiv, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY 2005

AB, summa cum laude, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 2000

Employment Experience

Kids4Peace International (formerly Kids4Peace USA), Interfaith Peace Education Program

2010-present Executive Director
2009-2010      Director of Special Projects

The Episcopal Church

2011-2013   Dean, Diocesan School of Ministry & Theology, The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, Seattle, WA

2011-2012   Interim Pastor, Church of the Apostles, Seattle, WA

2009-2010    Episcopal University Chaplain, Boston University, Boston, MA

2008-2009    Diocesan Campus & Young Adult Missioner, Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire

2005-2008    Director, Youth & Young Adult Formation, St Bartholomew’s Church, Atlanta, GA

2003-2005    Seminary Intern, Office of Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations, The Episcopal Church Center, New York, NY

2000-2002    Campus Minister, Episcopal Campus Ministry at Dartmouth College

1998-2000    Student Peer Minister, Episcopal Campus Ministry at Dartmouth College

Youth Leadership Program for Bosnia-Herzegovina,
U.S. Department of State & Dartmouth College Education Department, Hanover, NH

2001-2002    Program Coordinator & Grant Coordinator

Dartmouth College Ropes Course, Hanover, NH

1996-2002    Outdoor Adventure Education Instructor

Goose Pond Scout Reservation, Lake Ariel, PA

1992-1998    Summer Camp Staff (Assistant Program Director 1997-1998)

1999-2000    Summer Camp Program Director

Teaching Experience

Boston University School of Theology, Lecturer in Religious Education (2009-2010)

Courses taught: Introduction to Religious Education; Interfaith Education for Peace; Ministry with Children, Youth & Young Adults


Book Chapters

“Healing the Wounds of War: Stories of Faith From the Youth of Bosnia” in Children, Youth & Spirituality In Troubling Times.  Eds. Mary Elizabeth Moore & Almeda Wright.  Chalice Press,  November, 2008.

“Forgiveness after Genocide? Perspectives of Bosnian Youth.” Joshua M. Thomas and Andrew C. Garrod. In Before Forgiving: Cautionary Views of Forgiveness in Psychotherapy.  Ed. Sharon Lamb & Jeffrie Murphy. Oxford University Press, May 2002.


American Academy of Religion

2009 (Montreal) Individual Paper: We Can Do It Better: Children as Interfaith Peacebuilders, Religions, Social Conflict and Peace group

Religious Education Association

2006 (Atlanta) Plenary Panel: Narratives of Nonviolence – Interfaith Education with Youth.


Ordained Presbyter, Episcopal Church, January 2008 by Bishop V. Gene Robinson
Canonically resident in the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia

One thought on “About Me

  1. Carol Xenia Sheehan

    Fr. Josh, I was Google-searching today for reviews of my late husband, Donald Sheehan’s, work and found your July 2014 homily paying tribute to him. I’ve posted it on his Facebook page, in which you will perhaps be interested: https://www.facebook.com/subdeacon.donald.sheehan. He has a new book of essays just out from Paraclete Press: The Grace of Incorruption: The Selected Essays of Donald Sheehan on Orthodox Faith and Poetics.

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