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I bring theology to life as an interreligious conversation that can flourish in today’s diverse communities.
It wasn’t until I studied other religions that I realized I had a body—or, at least, that bodies matter religiously. I was raised in a Christian denomination that gave me the impression that my soul and my beliefs were all that counted. Encountering Hindu traditions in a college course introduced me to smells and chants, gestures and bright Goddesses. My religious imagination caught fire. Now I teach and write so that others can imagine themselves in relation to larger religious worlds, in which particularities of embodiment—gender, sexuality, race, ability, and culture—matter.
As Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Theology at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, I train a generation of leaders who approach religious diversity, gender, race, and disability with curiosity and respect. My scholarship creates new inroads into traditional doctrines through collaboration with other scholars (Comparing Faithfully: Insights for Systematic Theological Reflection) and award-winning works of comparative theology(Dualities: A Theology of Difference; Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion). My latest project, Body Parts: A Theological Anthropology, is inspired by non-dual Saiva views of the body to integrate neglected dimensions of human being into a Christian theological anthropology.
With Jyoti Sahi in Silvepura Village, 2010