Graduate Theological Union

Religion and Practice

About this Department

The Religion and Practice department fosters interdisciplinary studies of the lived experience, communal and individual, of faith practitioners and communities, including the history, theology, and phenomenology of particular faith expressions – ritual, liturgical, homiletical, formational, and educational. Students in this department hone critical skills in the interpretation and development of religious practice and leadership, while drawing from a broad array of disciplinary fields and methodological approaches – including history, theology, anthropology, communication theory, sociology of religion, ritual theory, cross-cultural studies, ethnography, and ethics – to explore the strategies, context, and efficacy of religious practices, both historic and emerging.

Concentrations of Study


Liturgical Studies


Practical Theology

Religious Education

Yoga Studies

Core Doctoral Faculty in this Department
Jennifer Davidson (Liturgical Studies, Practical Theology)
Eduardo Fernández (Missiology, Practical Theology)
Shauna Hannan (Homiletics, Practical Theology)
Daijaku Kinst (Practical Theology)
John Klentos (Liturgical Studies)
Boyung Lee (Religious Education, Practical Theology)
Mary McGann (Liturgical Studies)
Ruth Meyers (Liturgical Studies, Missiology)
Sangyil Park (Homiletics)
Rita Sherma (Yoga Studies)


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