- Ph.D. in Systematic Theology with a Specialization in Comparative Theology, Boston College, May 2005. Published Dissertation: “Watching Clouds: Pursuing Dialogue Across Disparate World-
- M.A. Theology / M.Div., Aquinas Institute, St. Louis, Missouri, May 1997.
Thesis: Created and analyzed an internet-based international theological forum.
- B.S. Electrical Engineering, Coop, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, May 1984.
Coop work included computer design and facility management.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies. Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin. Teaching undergraduate courses in World Religions, Medical Ethics, Preaching, Catholicism, and Mystical Theology. 2013 to present.
Promoter General of the Internet. A curial position for the Order of Preachers, reporting to the Master of the Order in Rome, responsible for coordinating internet projects of Dominicans around the world, developing new internet ministries, using the internet to foster closer ties and more collaboration among Dominicans, and teaching courses in web design. 1998 to 2000 and 2006 to 2012.
Interim Director of the Center for Dominican Studies. Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, Ohio. The Center provides opportunities for members of the University community to learn more deeply our Catholic and Dominican tradition of education and acts a liaison to the wider community on these issues. As interim director, I am responsible for all programmatic, personnel, and budgetary decisions of the Center, reporting directly to the university’s president, Dec. 2011 to present. As associate director, Aug. 2010 to Dec. 2011, I worked collaboratively with the director in these areas.
Assistant Professor of Interreligious Philosophy and Theology. Teaching graduate level theology and philosophy courses, specializing in Catholic systematic theology and interreligious theology and philosophy. Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO, full-time from 2006 to 2009, then part-time until present. St. Joseph-University, Macau, China, 2009. Some courses taught: “Christian Anthropology,” “Theology of Ministry,” “Alternative Philosophical Foundations: Tsongkhapa, Dolpopa, and Wittgenstein,” “Epistemology,” “Religion, Passion and Politics,” “Introduction to Islam.”
Senior advisor and technology consultant for two international non-governmental organizations, Dominicans for Justice and Peace (1998 to present) and Franciscans International (1998 to 2008), at their offices at the United Nations in Geneva.
Speaker and Fundraiser for Food For the Poor, an interdenominational Christian aid organization serving the poorest of the poor in the Caribbean and Latin America. 2000 to present.
Fulbright Scholar. Pursuing post-doctoral research into Tibetan Buddhism at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Boudhanath, Nepal under the auspices of a Fulbright student research grant. Researching gzhan stong views of the Buddha-Nature. 2005 to 2006.
Member of the Tenth East-West Spiritual Exchange sponsored by the European Monastic Interfaith Dialogue and the Zen Bunka Kenkyusho (Rinzaï Zen, Kyoto) in collaboration with the Somusho (Soto Zen), June 2005, Kyoto, Japan.
Internet Consultant. Teaching Internet design and development skills in strategic areas including emerging third world contexts and international human rights work. Courses taught in situ, involving extensive travel. 1996 to present.
Teacher, Fenwick High School, River Forest, Illinois, 1997 to 2000.
Supervisor of VLSI Design Team, Evans and Sutherland Computer Corporation, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1985 to 1989. Responsible for directing a team of VLSI integrated circuit designers and consulting on new projects.
Publications and Presentations
“Eckhart and the Lotus Sutra: Skillful Means in Speaking What Cannot Be Spoken,” London: Medieval Mystical Theology, Vol. 23 No. 2, December 2014 (forthcoming).
“Meister Eckhart and the Lotus Sutra on Unleashing Skillful Means,” Boston: Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, Fall 2014.
“A Model Dialogue across Disparate World-Pictures,” Pontianak, Indonesia: Arue, Kebenaran Berawal Dari Hati, Special Edition, Aug 2014, pp. 76-91.
“Meister Eckhart and the Lotus Sutra: A Dialogue on Skillful Means,” lecture given at Kathmandu
Beyond Agreement: Interreligious Dialogue amid Persistent Differences. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011.
Watching Clouds: Pursuing Dialogue Across Disparate World-Pictures. Saarbru¨cken, Germany: VDM Verlag, 2009.
“American Progress.” Ostfildern, Germany: Wort Und Antwort, Vol. 50, Jahrgang heft 2, April-June 2009, pp. 50-53.
Photographs in Matos, Márcia A., and Sara Neto-Kalife. Bom Dia! Level 2. New Bedford, Mass: Spinner Pub, 2007.
“Exploring Other Rivers: A Reflection on Interreligious Dialogue.” River Forest, IL: The Parable: Dominican Theological Reflections for the 21st Century. Fall 2006.
“In Support of Felix Wilfred: Some Implications of Wittgenstein’s World-Pictures for Interreligious Dialogue.” Oxford: New Blackfriars, March 2002.
“The Eucharist as Sacrifice: A Guide to Interpreters.” Highland Heights, Ohio: Emmanuel Magazine, March 1998, pp. 68-83.
“Pharaoh Chip Compiler: 10-Week Wrap-up,” by Scott Steinkerchner and James A. Rowson. Westborough, Maine: ESD, The Electronic System Design Magazine, November 1988, pp. 48-52.