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Cláudio CarvalhaesCláudio Carvalhaes

Associate Professor of Worship
Union Theological Seminary in New York City


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Cláudio Carvalhaes, earth thinker, 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 pastor within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

A much sought after speaker, writer and performer, Carvalhaes preached at the Festival of Homiletics, Academy of Homiletics, Wild Goose Festival, Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry, Jubilee 800 Order of Preachers of the Dominican Order in Italy, Societas Liturgica in Belgium, Council of World Mission in Mexico, International Academy of Practical Theology in Brazil, at the Forum of Liturgics and Ethics at Hildesheim Germany and other places. 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.

Carvalhaes  has for books in English:

“Ritual’s at World’s End: Essays on Eco-Liturgical Liberation Theology” (York: The Barber’s Son, Fall 2021).

“Praying With Every Heart – Orienting Our Lives to the Wholeness of the World” (Oregon: Cascade Books, 2021).

“What Does Worship Have to do With it? Interpreting Life, Church and the World Liturgically” (Cascade Books, 2018),

“Eucharist and Globalization: Redrawing the Borders of Eucharistic Hospitality” (Wipf&Stock, 2013)

He is also the editor of a unique book of liturgical resources: “Liturgies from Below: Prayers from People at the Ends of the World” (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2020), which is a prayer book done in four continents with more than 100 people.

He also edited the groundbreaking book “Liturgy in Postcolonial Perspectives – Only One is Holy,” (New York: Palgrave Macmillan: Postcolonialism and Religions Series, 2015).

He has also edited three journal: “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.

Carvalhaes is also the author of four books in Portuguese and two edited ones celebrating the work of Jaci C. Maraschin and Ivone Gebara.

He has authored chapters in more than 35 edited volumes along with more than 80 articles. He has given academic presentations, performances and delivered sermons at over 50 conferences as well as academic societies. Besides the United States, he has lectured in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Mozambique.

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

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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