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Cláudio CarvalhaesCláudio Carvalhaes

Associate Professor of Worship
Union Theological Seminary in New York City


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Cláudio Carvalhaes, theologian, liturgist and artist, a native Brazilian, completed his Ph.D. in Liturgy and Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2007. He earned his first Master of Philosophy degree in Theology, Philosophy, and History at the Methodist University of Sao Paulo in 1997 and a Master of Divinity degree from the Independent Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Sao Paulo, Brazil) in 1992.

In the summer of 2016, Dr. Carvalhaes joined Union Theological Seminary in New York City as the Associate Professor of Worship. Previously, he taught at McCormick Theological Seminary, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Carvalhaes is an ordained teaching elder within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

A much sought after speaker, writer, performer, and consultant, Carvalhaes preached at Wild Goose Festival, Festival of Homiletics, and other preaching events. He led worship for the All African Council of Churches in Mozambique, taught at the Global Institute of Theology of the World Communion of Reformed Churches and leads worship and teaches at the Hispanic Summer Program since 2013. In the Fall of 2016 he will preach at the Academy of Homiletics. In 2017 he will speak at the Jubilee 800 Order of Preachers of the Dominican Order in Rome, Italy and will be one of the main speakers at the Societas Liturgica in Belgium.

Carvalhaes is the author of three books in Portuguese and two edited ones celebrating the work of Jaci C. Maraschin and Ivone Gebara. He has one book in English: “Eucharist and Globalization: Redrawing the Borders of Eucharistic Hospitality” (Wipf&Stock, 2013) and is the editor of “Liturgy in Postcolonial Perspectives – Only One is Holy,” (New York: Palgrave Macmillan: Postcolonialism and Religions Series, 2015). His upcoming books are: “What Does Worship Have to do With it? Interpreting Life, Church and the World Liturgically” (Cascade Books, 2017) and “Preaching and Liberation Theology: Metaphors For Our Time,” (Abingdon Press, 2018). He has just edited Forms of Speech, Religion and Social Resistance, CrossCurrents, Vol. 66, No. 1 (Summer 2016).

He has authored chapters in 22 edited volumes along with more than 45 articles. He has given academic presentations, performances and delivered sermons at over 40 conferences as well as academic societies. Besides the United States, he has lectured in Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Mozambique.

A member of the American Academy of Religion, where he is a Member of the Theological Education Committee, 2017-2022. He is the co-chair of the Arts, Religion, and Literature Group, and serves on the board of the Liberation Theology Group. He is also a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Academy of Homiletics and Societas Liturgica. Dr. Carvalhaes serves on the editorial/advisory board of academic journals and publishing houses including Currents of Encounter Series (Brill, Netherlands); Cross-Currents; Ecclesial Practices: Journal of Ecclesiology and Ethnography; Horizontes Decoloniales/Decolonial Horizons (Argentina) and TEAR: Journal of Liturgical Resources of CLAI, Conselho Latino Americano de Igrejas.

McCormick Seminary president Frank Yamada said of Dr. Carvalhaes, “I can think of few leaders in theological education who inspire like Cláudio Carvalhaes. He has been on the cutting edge of cross-cultural worship within the PC(U.S.A.). He is a voice of liberation among communities of color, an advocate for young adults, and a prophetic presence among those who are pushing the church into the 21st century.”

Carvalhaes is married with Katie Perella and has three kids.


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