writer, speaker, retreat leader
Michael Battle is Vice President, Associate Dean of Academic Studies and Associate Professor of Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. He has also served on the faculty of Duke University and the University of the South's School of Theology and as vice chairman of the board of the Ghandi Institute.
In addition to his roles as seminary administrator and professor, Battle is a priest, writer, speaker and retreat leader, focusing on Christian non-violence, human spirituality, and African Church studies. He has worked as an inner-city chaplain with Tony Campolo Ministries, and in Uganda and Kenya with Plowshares Institute. A participant and worship committee member of the Seventh Assembly of the World Council of Churches, he has served on its central committee in Geneva and Johannesburg. In 1993-94, Battle lived in residence with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa and was ordained by Tutu in Cape Town, South Africa. He holds certification in spiritual direction from the Shalem Institute.
From his experience, Battle has authored such books as Reconciliation: The Ubuntu Theology of Desmond Tutu; The Wisdom of Desmond Tutu; and Blessed Are The Peacemakers: A Christian Spirituality of Nonviolence, and The Church Enslaved: A Spirituality of Racial Reconciliation (with Tony Campolo), and Practicing Reconciliation in a Violent World.
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