William Johnson Everett



1970    Body Thinking in Ecclesiology and Cybernetics (PhD Disser­tation, Harvard University). Pp. 390.

1977    The Identity of the Church and Its Service to the Whole Human Being: Summary, Analysis, Interpretation. Final Volume, II [with T. Bakkevig, K. Hertz, J. Kiwovele, G. Sharffenorth]. Geneva: Lutheran World Federa­tion.

1979    Disciplines in Transformation: A Guide to Theology and the Behavioral Sciences, co-authored with T. J. Bachmeyer. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. Pp. 257. Rev. ed. 2019.

1985    Blessed Be the Bond: Christian Perspectives on Marriage and Family. Philadelphia: Fortress Press. Pp. 130. Reprinted in 1990 by University Press of America. 3rd edition, rev., 2019.

1985    The OIKOS Papers, with Sylvia Johnson Everett. Milwaukee and Atlanta: The OIKOS Project on Work, Family and Faith. Pp. 85. (Revised 1988.)

1988    God’s Federal Republic: Reconstructing Our Governing Symbol. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press. Pp. 204. Reprinted by Wipf and Stock, 2019.

1991    Gottes Bund und Menschliche Öffentlichkeit, Tr. Gerd Decke. München: Christian Kaiser. Pp. 120.

1992    Neue Öffentlichkeit in neuem Bund. Theologische Reflexio­nen zur Kirche in der Wende. Heidelberg: Forschungsstätte der Evangelischen Studiengemeinschaft. Pp. 135.

1997    Religion, Federalism, and the Struggle for Public Life: Cases from Germany, India, and America. New York: Oxford University Press. Pp. 200.

1999    The Politics of Worship: Reforming the Language and Symbols of Liturgy. Cleveland: United Church Press. Pp. 128.

2008    Red Clay, Blood River. William Johnson Everett. Pp. 432.

2013    Turnings: Poems of Transformation. Eugene, OR: Resource Publications. Pp. 80.

2015    Sawdust and Soul: A Conversation about Woodworking and Spirituality. Co-authored  with John de Gruchy. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books. Pp. 90.

2017    Mining Memories in Cyprus 1923-25: Photographs, Correspondence, Reflections.Kindle e-Book. With 116 photographs.

2021    Making My Way in Ethics, Worship, and Wood: An Expository Memoir. Eugene, OR: Resource Publications. Pp. 135.

A Covenantal Imagination: Selected Essays in Christian Social Ethics. Eugene, OR: Resource Publications. Pp. 358.


1968    “Persona in Drama, Law, and Theology: Some Speculations and Theories,” Perspec­tives (Harvard Divinity School), II:1 (Fall), 8‑27.

1972    “Cybernetics and the Symbolic Body Model,” Zygon, 7:2 (June), 98‑109.

1973    “Das christliche Leibsymbol und moderne Kommunikationsstrukturen,” Koopera­tion im Aktionsraum Kirchenbezirk  (Geneva: Lutheran World Federation), 7‑28. Transla­ted as “The Christian Body Symbol and Modern Theories of Communi­cation,” in Cooperation at the Church District Level, 7‑45. Geneva: Luth­eran World Federa­tion.

1974    “Liturgy and American Society: An Invocation to Ethical Analysis,” Anglican Theological Review, 56:1 (January), 16‑34.

1975    “Ecclesiology and Political Authority: A Dialogue with Hannah Arendt,” Encounter (Indianapolis), 36:1 (Winter), 26‑36.

1977    “The Churches and Radical Social Change in the USA,” in The Encounter of the Churches with Move­ments of Social Change in Various Cultural Contexts, Pt. I, 105‑116. Geneva: Lutheran World Federa­tion.

            “Theology and the Behavioral Sciences: An Approach to Critical Methodolo­gy,” in The Encounter of the Church with Movements of Social Change in Various Cultural Contexts, Pt. II, 165‑74.Geneva: Lutheran World Federation.

            “Vocation and Location: An Exploration in the Ethics of Ethics,” Journal of Religious Ethics, 5:1 (Spring), 91‑112.

1979    “Between Augustine and Hildebrand: A Critical Response to Human Sexuality,” Proceedings of the Thirty‑third Annual Convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America, June 7‑10, 1978, Vol. 33, 77‑83.

            “Land Ethics: Toward a Covenantal Model,” in American Society of Christian Ethics, 1979: Selected Papers from ­the Twentieth Annual Meeting, 45‑74. Waterloo, Ontario: Council on the Study of Religion.

            “Liturgy and Ethics: A Response to Saliers and Ramsey,” Journal of Religious Ethics, 7:2 (Fall), 203‑14.

1980    “Stewardship Through Trust and Cooperation,” Stewardship Papers (“Spirituality Series, No. 3”), 1‑4. Chicago: Pax Christi  USA.

1982    “How Does Your Garden Grow?” Marriage Encounter, 11:3 (March), 24‑26.

1983-84 “Shared Parenting in Divorce: Toward a New Wisconsin Law,” Passages (Milwaukee), (December-January), 10-13.

1984    “Shared Parenthood in Divorce: The Parental Covenant and Custody Law,” Journal of Law and Religion, (2:1), 85-99.

  1. “Public Life: The View from OIKOS,” Ministry and Mission (Candler School of Theology), 11:1 (September), 1, 6.

1986    “OIKOS: Convergence in Business Ethics,” Journal of Business Ethics, 5, 313‑25.

1987    “Contract and Covenant in Human Community,” Emory Law Journal, 36:2, 557‑68.

1988    “On James Luther Adams” (Review Essay), Theology Today, 45:1 (April), 79-83.

            “The Polity Dance,” Ministry and Mission, 13:2 (Spring), 6-7.

            “God’s Federal Republic: Reconstructing Our Political and Religious Heritage,” Nebraska English Journal, 33:3 (Spring), 20-26.

            “God’s Federal Republic,” New Catholic World, 231:1384 (July/August), 187-190.

1989    “Transformation at Work,” in Religious Education as Social Transformation, ed. Allen Moore, , 153-76. Birmingham AL: Religious Educa­tion Press.

            “Sunday Monarchists and Monday Citizens?” The Christian Century, 106:16 (May 10), 503-5.

1990    “The Flag Amendment Is a Religious Issue,” First Things, No. 8 (December), 7-9.

            “Divorce and Remarriage: Protestantism,” in Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Rodney J. Hunter, gen. ed., 300-301. Nashville: Abingdon Press.

1991    “The Church’s Critical Engagement with the World,” The Catholic World, Vol. 234, No. 1401 (May-June), 110-113.

            “Work, Family and Faith: Reweaving Our Values,” in Value Educa­tion Today: Explora­tions in Social Ethics, J. T. K. Daniel and N. Selvamony, eds., 35-44. Madras: Madras Christian College, and New Delhi: All-India Association for Christian Higher Educa­tion.

            “The Biblical Basis for Modern Politics,” Bangalore Theo­logical Forum, 23:3 (Septem­ber), 3-24.

1995    “Religion and Federal Republicanism: Cases from India’s Struggles,” Journal of Church and State, 37:1 (Winter), 61-85. French trans. in PJR/Praxis juridique et religion?

            “Couples at Work: A Study in Patterns of Work, Family and Faith,” (with Sylvia Johnson Everett), in Work, Family, and Religion in Contemporary Society, ed.  Nancy Tatom Ammerman and Wade Clark Roof, , 305-329. New York: Rout­ledge.

            “Human Rights in the Church,” in Religious Human Rights in Global Perspec­tive: Religious Perspectives, eds. John Witte, Jr. and Johann van der Vyver, , 121-142.  Dordrecht, London, Boston: Martinus Nijhoff.

1996    “Religion and Federalism: Some Comparative Perspectives,” Proceedings of the Oromo Studies Association, 1995, 22-31.

            “Ecclesial Freedom and Federal Order: Reflections on the Pacific Homes Case,” Journal of Law and Religion, 12:2 (1995-96), 371-398.

1997    “Constitutional Order in United Methodism and American Culture,” with Thomas E. Frank, in Connectionalism: Ecclesiology, Mission, and Identity, Russell E. Richey and Dennis Campbell, eds., , 41-73. Nashville: Abingdon Press.

 “Old Testament or Hebrew Bible? Renaming the Scriptures,” The Christian Century, Vol. 114, No. 30 (October 29, 1997), 965-66.

1998    “Volk, Kirche, Demokratie,” ed. Gerd Decke,  Mission (Berliner Missionswerk), Nr. 3 (September), 9-14.

            “Marriage: A Protestant Perspective,” in The Family Handbook, eds. Herbert Anderson, Don Browning, Ian Evison, and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, 13-16. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox.

“Seals and Springboks: Theological Reflections on Constitutionalism and South African Culture,” Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, 101 (July), 71-82.

“Reconciliation’s Public Face,” New Routes: A Journal of Peace and Action (Uppsala), 3:4, 29-33. [Also appeared as “Reconciliation as New Covenant, New Public,” Agenda for Peace: Reconciliation, (“Loccumer Protocolle,” 55/98; Rehburg-Loccum, 1999), 140-151.]

1999    “Going Public, Building Covenants: Linking the TRC to Theology and the Church,” Facing the Truth: South African Faith Communities and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Cochrane, James; de Gruchy, John; and Martin, Stephen, eds., 153-166. Cape Town: David Philip.

“Serving the Church and Facing the Law: Virtues for Committee Members Evaluating a Pastor,” in Practice What You Preach: Virtues, Ethics, and Power in the Lives of Pastoral Ministers and Their Congregations, ed. James F. Keenan and Joseph Kotva, Jr., 268-279. Franklin, WI: Sheed and Ward.

“Recovering the Covenant,” The Christian Century (Vol. 116, No. 3; November 10), 1094-1097. (Review essay on Daniel J. Elazar’s The Covenant Tradition in Politics [4 vols.].)

“Religion in Democratic Transition,” in Religion in Public Life: Multi-Event 1999 Conference Proceedings, Cape Town, February 14-20, 1999, 30-34. Cape Town: RICSA, University of Cape Town. Also in Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, 104 (July 1999), 64-68.

2000    “Introduction to Daniel J. Elazar” and “Kinship and Consent in Daniel Elazar’s Covenantal Perspective,” Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics, 2000, 91-98.

“Finding the Ethics in Architecture,” Faith and Form (Journal of the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture), 33:2, 21-23.

  • “Communion Carpentry: A Conversation of Wood and Word,” Christian Century, 118:2 (January 17), 6-7.

2002    “Public Works: Bridging the Gap Between Theology and Public Ethics,” in Theological Literacy for the Twenty-First Century, ed. Rodney L. Petersen, 150-165. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Company.

“Versöhnung zwischen Heimkehr und Zukunft: Eine Fallstudie aus dem amerikanischen Vietnam-Krieg,” in Politik der Versöhnung, Gerhard Beestermöller und Hans-Richard Reuter, hrsg., 169-180. Stuttgart: Verlag W. Kohlhammer.

2003    “Journey Images and the Search for Reconciliation,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 23:2 (Fall/Winter), 155-178.

2004    “Ritual Wisdom and Restorative Justice,” Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy (25:2, Spring), 347-354.

“War, Gender, and the Earth,” New South African Outlook (Summer), 8-9.

“A Response to ‘Education and Religion in Postwar Japan,’” Education and Religion Since World War II, 17-21. Proceedings of Seigakuin University General Research Institute General Symposium, Tokyo, November 29, 2004.

2005    “With the Grain: Woodworking, Spirituality and the Struggle for Justice,” Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, No. 123 (November) 6-15.

2006    “Gathering at the Roundtable,” in Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ’s Table, Thomas Porter,ed., 121-129. Nashville: Discipleship Resources.

Selected Occasional Pieces

  1. “Best course of action…” Enterprise Mountaineer, Waynesville, NC, Friday, July 9, 4A. (On Flag Amendment)

2002    “On Hope,” Holy Ground Newsletter (Asheville, NC), 9:1 (July), p. 2.

2017    “Gun Debate a Microcosm of a Deeper Challenge,” Smoky Mountain News, October 18-24, 2017, p. 28. A revised version was published as “The Assault on Our Republic,” The Christian Citizen, vol. 1, 2018, pp. 12-13.

2020    “Living in God’s Image: Despotism or Republican Democracy?” The Christian Citizen, September 1. (

2023    “A Covenantal Imagination,” on James Luther Adams Foundation website. Posted March 27, 2023.


“A Chapel Meditation,” Signs and Times (Yale Divinity School), 5:8 (May 25, 1965).

            “Love in Breaking,” The Father’s Book: Shared Experiences, ed. Carol Knott and Ronnie Friedland (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1986), p. 150.

            “She laid them gently in the box,” and “Agate eyes of black boy” in Worn-Out: A College Poetry Anthology (San Francisco: Laurel Press, 1983), 23, 60.

            “A People Passing Over,” Fresh (Waynesville, NC), Fall 2009, 12.

            “Lie, Lay, Lain, Laid, Lied” Fresh (Waynesville, NC), Spring 2010, 35.

            “Sweet Lady,” (“Blessing”) Spiritus 11:1 (Spring 2011), 127.

            “Poetry,” (Poetry Council of North Carolina), Honorable Mention, 2011.


            “The OIKOS Project on Work, Family and Faith.” Four Videotapes (with Sylvia Johnson Everett) produced by the Media Center, Candler School of Theol­ogy, Emory University:

                        “Weaving the Fabric of Work, Family and Faith” (1988)

                        “Called and Coupled” (1989)

                        “The Parenthood of All Believers” (1989)

                        “How Does the Church Manage?” (1989)

Book Reviews

1972    Liberation in Middle America (Philadelphia: Pilgrim Press, 1971), by Gabriel Fackre, in Encounter, 33 (Autumn 1972), 432-33.

1978    Reformation, Revolution, Utopie: Studien zum 16. Jahrhundert (Goettingen: Van den Houck & Ruprecht, 1975), by Thomas Nipperdey, in Religious Studies Review, 4:2 (April 1978), 144.

1978    To Empower People: The Role of Mediating Structures in Public Policy (Washington: American Enterprise In­stitute, 1977), by Peter L. Berger and Richard John Neuhaus, in Religious Studies Review, 4:4 (October 1978), 306.

1979    The Structure of Marx’s World-view (Princeton University Press, 1978), by John McMurtry, in Religious Studies Review, 5:4 (October 1979), 311.

1980    Property Rights: Philosophical Foundations (London: Rout­ledge and Kegan Paul, 1977), by Lawrence C. Becker, in Religious Studies Review, 6:4 (October 1980), 314.

1981    Amsterdam to Nairobi: The World Council of Churches and the Third World (Wash­ing­ton, DC: Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1979), by Ernest Lefever, in Religious Studies Review, 7:2 (April 1981), 151.

1982    Conflict Over the Ecumenical Movement: Confessing Christ Today in the Universal Church, Tr. David Lewis (Geneva: World Council of Churches, 1981), by Ulrich Duchrow, in Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 21:4 (December 1982), 379-80.

1982    Marx’s Interpretation of History (New York: Oxford Univer­sity Press, 1979), by Melvin Rader, in Religious Studies Review, 8:4 (October 1982), 367.

1983    The Ethnic Phenomenon (New York: Elsevier, 1981), by Pierre van den Berghe, in Religious Studies Review, 9:4 (October 1983), 367.

1985    Foundations for a Practical Theology of Ministry (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1985), by James N. Poling and Donald E. Miller, in Religious Studies Review, 2:2 (April), 179.

1987    The Family and Pastoral Care, by Herbert Anderson(Fortress Press, 1985) in The Journal of Religion, 67:3 (July), 433.

1989    One Nation Under God? Christian Faith and Political Action in America, by Mark Noll (Harper & Row, 1988), in Theology Today, 46 (April), 87, 90.

1991    Community and Spiritual Transformation: Religion and Politics in a Communal Age, by Gibson Winter (Crossroads, 1989), in The Journal of Religion, 71:4 (October), 610-11.

1991    Hungers of the Heart: Reflections on THE CONFESSIONS of St. Augustine, edited by James Dittes and Donald Capps (SSSR Monograph Series, No. 8; West Lafayette, IN: Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1990), in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 30:3 (September), 340-41.

1992    Discerning the Call of Social Ministry, by Malcolm G. Burson, et al. (Washington: Alban Institute, 1990), in Religious Studies Review, 18:4 (October), 312.

1997    Civil Society, Civil Religion, by Andrew Shanks (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1995) in The Journal of Religion, 77:3 (July), 494-95.

            Max Weber and Democratic Politics, by Peter Breiner (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996) in Theological Studies 58:2 (June), 377-78.

Violence: The Unrelenting Assault on Human Dignity, by Wolfgang Huber (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996), in Theological Studies, 58:4, 300-301.

1998    Covenant and Commitments: Faith, Family, and Economic Life, by Max L. Stackhouse (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1997), Princeton Seminary Bulletin, 201-202.

  1. The Church as Moral Community: Ecclesiology and Ethics in Ecumenical Debate, by Lewis S. Mudge (New York: Continuum Press, 1998), in Theological Studies 60:3. 584-85.
  2. The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation. R. Scott Appleby (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2000), in Theological Studies, 62:1 (March), 193-95.

2001    Covenantal Rights: A Study in Jewish Political Theory, by David Novak (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000), in Modern Theology, 17:2 (April), 247-48.

Significant Unpublished Manuscripts

1962    “Baptists and Politics: A Study of the Search for Cultural Relevance in the American Baptist Convention,” BA Thesis in the College of Social Studies, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT. On file in the library of the CSS.

1968                “Persona in Drama, Law, and Theology: Some Speculations and Theories.”

1972    “All Religion to the People: Disestablishing the Civil Religion,” Annual Meeting of the Midwest Section, American Academy of Religion, Chicago.

  1. “Pluralism: Friend or Foe?” Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Chicago, IL, October 29.

“The Pluralism in Pluralism.”

1979    “Vocation vs. Family: The Religious Dilemma.”

1981    “The Covenanted Public: Some Implications of the Charis­matic Renewal for Church and Society,” available through the National Committee for Diocesan Liaisons to the Charis­matic Renewal, 325 Main St., Norwich, CT 06360.

1981    “The Pluralistic Covenant under Fire.”

1982    “God’s Federal Republic.”

1983    “God’s Federal Republic,” Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics.

1986    “Ministerial Profession and the Congregational Public,” presented at a conference on congregational studies sponsored by the Lilly Endowment, June 2, Santa Barbara, CA.

1989    “The Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Context,” contribution to a study project at Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

“Toward an Association for Theological Education.” A circulated proposal.

1994    “Religious Human Rights in India,” co-authored with M. Thomas Thangaraj, presented at the Conference on Religious Human Rights, sponsored by the Law and Religion Program of Emory University, Atlanta, October 8.

1997    “Tulip Trees and Tendons,” Remarks at Convocation, Andover Newton Theological School, September 17.

1998    “Building Covenants, Building Publics,” Downe Lecture Series, Needham Congregational Church, Needham, MA, October 18.

2000   “Human Rights and Christian Conceptions of the Self.” Presented to the Interreligious Center on Public Life, Newton, MA, September 14.

2002    “Struggling with Symbols: The Search for Transversals,” presented at Social Ethics Seminar of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa.

2004    “Global Covenant and Ecological Publics: A Constructive Theological Reflection,” presented to the Japan Society for the Study of Christian Culture, Seigakuin University, Tokyo, November 26, 2004.

Reviews of Work

Baum, Gregory, “Ecumenical Theology: A New Approach,” The Ecumenist, 19:5 (July-August 1981), 65-78.

(Publications prior to June 1982 appear under my former name, William Wade Everett, III.)