Graduate Theological Union

Cultural and Historical Studies of Religions





Student Work


Emily S. Wu, The Utilization of
Spiritual Capital by the
Practitioners of Traditional
Chinese Medicine in the San
Francisco Bay Area



Som Pourfarzaneh

Som Pourfarzaneh,
Martial Arts, Spirituality, Interfaith
Vision: All of a Piece for New Student




Rabbi Yoel Kahn (Ph.D. '99),
Congregation Beth-El, Berkeley

Jennifer Peace (Ph.D. '05),
Managing Director, Center for
Interreligious Leadership Education
(CIRCLE), Andover Newton
Theological Seminary

Jeffrey Richey (Ph.D. '00), Associate
Professor of Religion and Director of
Asian Studies, Berea College

John Thompson (Ph.D. '02),
Associate Professor, Asian Religions,
Christopher Newport University



This Area of Concentration is available to students affiliated with the following schools: ABSW, CDSP, DSPT, JST, PSR, SFTS, SKSM


This Area embraces both cross-cultural and historical themes, building upon scholarly methodologies which advance critical understandings of interreligious, multicultural and contextual religious experience. Traditions for study include Buddhism, Chinese/Japanese Religions, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

M.A. Requirements



Core Doctoral Faculty

Deena Aranoff (GTU)

Judith Berling (GTU)

Thomas Cattoi (JST)

Marianne Farina, CSC (DSPT)

Munir Jiwa (GTU)

Hilary Martin, OP (DSPT)

Scott Mitchell (IBS)

Christopher Ocker (SFTS)

Richard Payne (IBS)

Naomi Seidman (GTU)

Consortial Faculty Resources

Purushottama Bilimoria (GTU)