Department chair: Steven Sacks | Contact info
Professor of Religion
Teaches courses in Christian Studies and Comparative Religion, including Religions of the World, Jesus in the Gospels, Issues in Christianity Today, The Hindu Vision, and The Buddhist Way. He is the author of a book on comparative theological method: Divergent Traditions, Converging Faiths: Troeltsch, Comparative Theology, and the Conversation with Hinduism. He has also published articles in Religion East & West, Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development, Sewanee Theological Review, Cistercian Studies Quarterly, Indian Journal of Theology, and Studies in Interreligious Dialogue. Ph.D., Boston College; M.A., Episcopal Divinity School; B.A., Grinnell College
Associate Professor of Religion
Teaches courses in Judaic Studies and Comparative Religion, including Hebrew Bible, Issues in Contemporary Judaism, The Islamic Path, and Religions of China and Japan. He has also developed study abroad courses in Laos, Mongolia, and Morocco. Professor Sacks is the author of “Midrash and Multiplicity: Pirke de-Rabbi Eliezer and the Reinvention of Rabbinic Interpretive Culturez” (Walter De Gruyter, 2009), as well as articles in Spiritual Dimensions of Judaism and Interpretation, Religion, and Culture in Midrash and Beyond. As an undergraduate, Sacks took advantage of a study program in India and has since returned to India several times and has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Ph.D., University of Chicago Divinity School; B.A., Grinnell College.
Chaplain of the College
Teaches Suffering and the Sacred. She is an Episcopal priest and has studied and researched in the fields of religion and visual arts, theology of human suffering, the history of Jewish-Christian relations, and anti-semitism and Holocaust education (including a summer of study at Yad VaShem World Holocaust Center/Hebrew University in Jerusalem). Doctor of Ministry in Christian Spirituality, Washington Theological Union, District of Columbia, M.A. and M.Div., Pacific School of Religion; B.A., Cornell College