Rev. Dr. Walter Wink

Rev. Dr. Walter Wink is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Interpretation at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. Previously, he was a parish minister and taught at Union Theological Seminary.  In 1989-1990 he was a Peace Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

His recent published works include The Human Being: Jesus and the Enigma of the Son of Man, Peace is the Way: Writings on Nonviolence, The Powers that Be: Theology for a New Millennium, and Homosexuality and Christian Faith: Questions of Conscience for the Churches. 

Wink earned his Master of Divinity (1959) and his Ph.D. (1963) degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Ordained a Methodist minister in 1961, he served as Pastor of First United Methodist Church, in Hitchcock, Texas from 1962-67. He then returned to Union Seminary as first Assistant, then Associate Professor of New Testament. In 1989-1990 he was a Peace Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace.

He is known for his work on power structures and coined the phrase "the myth of redemptive violence." Wink has contributed to discourse on homosexuality and religion, pacifism, psychology & Biblical Studies, and Jesus as a historical figure.

One of Wink's major avenues for teaching has been his leadership of workshops to church and other groups, based on his method of Bible study (The Bible in Human Transformation, 1973), and incorporating meditation, artwork, and movement. These workshops are often presented jointly with his wife, June Keener-Wink, a dancer and potter.

Contributed Resources

Biblical Perspectives on Homosexuality
Biblical Themes, How to Think about the Bible

Walter Wink's popular and in-depth explanation.