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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 last couple years he preached at the Academy of Homiletics, at the Jubilee 800 Order of Preachers of the Dominican Order in Rome, Italy and was one of the main speakers at the Societas Liturgica in Belgium. In 2018 he is speaking at the Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry, at the Council of World Mission in Mexico, at the Forum of Liturgics and Ethics at Hildesheim Germany and other places.

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).

He has edited “Forms of Speech, Religion and Social Resistance,” CrossCurrents, Vol. 66, No. 1 (Summer 2016); “The Poetics of Religion in Rubem Alves.” Editors: Claudio Carvalhaes and Paulo Augusto S. Nogueira, Estudos de Religião, Brasil V. 32, N. 2 (Summer 2017); and “Black Religions in Brazi/Religiões Negras no Brasill.” Editors: Cláudio Carvalhaes and Marcos Silva. CrossCurrents, Vol. 68, No. 1 (Winter 2017). Bilingual: English and Portuguese

His upcoming books are: “What Does Worship Have to do With it? Interpreting Life, Church and the World Liturgically” (Cascade Books, 2018) and “Preaching and Liberation Theology: Metaphors For Our Time,” (Abingdon Press, 2019).

He has authored chapters in more than 25 edited volumes along with more than 50 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 serves on the board of the Liberation Theology Group and served as co-chair of the Arts, Religion, and Literature 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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