Graduate Theological Union

Susan Ritchie

Starr King School of Ministry
Associate Professor of Unitarian Universalist History and Ministry

At GTU since 2009

M.Div., Methodist Theological School, 1995
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1993
M.A., Ohio State University, 1988
B.A., Knox College, 1986 (Summa Cum Laude)


Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Unitarian Universalist History and Polity
  • American Religious History
  • Church History, especially in relationship to Judaism and Islam
  • Poststructuralist Theories of Religion
  • Postmodernism
  • Folklore & Religious Studies

Selected Publications

  • Children of the Same God: The History of Unitarianism in Relationship to Islam and Judaism, Skinner House Books, forthcoming.
  • Communities of Challenge and Spirit: A History of Unitarian and Universalist Secondary Education, UU Community Schools Campaign, 2011.
  • “Budin Paşası ve Turda Fermanı: Transilvanya Üniteryen Kültürüyle İslam Kültürünün Birbirine Kenetlenişi ve Dini Hoşgörünün Gelişimi,” translated into Turkish by Mehmet Sürwyya Er in Walter Andrews and Özgen Felek, Victoria Holbrook’z Armagan: Yayina Hazirlayaniar (an anthology of the best work in the past twenty years in Ottoman Studies honoring scholar Victoria Holbrook on her retirement), Istanbul: Kanat Kitap, 2006.
  • “The Pasha of Buda and the Edict of Torda: Unitarian/Ottoman Cultural Enmeshment and the Development of Religious Toleration,” Journal of Unitarian Universalist History XXX, 2005.
  • “Postmodernism and Unitarian Universalism,” Kereszté ny Magvetö (journal of the Unitarian seminary of Koloszvar, Romania) translated into Hungarian by Czire Zabolcs, Winter 2004.
  • “The Promise of Postmodernism for Unitarian Universalist Theology” Journal of Liberal Religion, (electronic format through the Meadville/Lombard Theological School), 2002.