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Bryce E. Rich

Brite Divinity School educates women and men to lead in the ministry of Christ’s church, the academy and public life as witnesses to God’s reconciling and transforming love and justice.

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Biography

Bryce E. Rich joined Brite Divinity School in August 2017 as Assistant Professor of Theology and Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. The Louisville Institute provides financial support for the postdoctoral fellowship, while Brite provides opportunities for the Fellow to teach and participate in the ongoing life of the faculty and the institution. Bryce will be here for two years as part of this postdoctoral program.

Bryce’s research interests include the works of twentieth-century Russian Orthodox émigré theologians, theological anthropology, sacramentology, and questions of gender and sexuality. He is currently writing a book on patristic and contemporary discussions of gender and biological sex in the Eastern Orthodox tradition.

In addition to his collaboration with Orthodox scholars in the United States and Europe, Bryce also maintains a close working relationship with the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), a denomination founded in 1968 with a primary ministry to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.

Degrees

Ph.D., Theology, University of Chicago
M.A., Religion, Lancaster Theological Seminary
B.A., Russian & Eastern Studies, University of Kentucky

Religion

Eastern Orthodox

Courses

  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • From Gay Liberation to Queer Theology
  • MCC Polity and Theologies

Book Chapters

  • "A Queer Personhood: Freedom from Essentialism," in Misha Cherniak, Olga Gerassimenko, and Michael Brinkschröder, eds., "I am Wonderfully Made": Texts on Eastern Orthodoxy and LGBT Inclusion (n.p.: European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups, 2016), 37-58.
  • "Tradition or traditions? The Case of Sex and Gender." In "I am Wonderfully Made": Texts on Eastern Orthodoxy and LGBT Inclusion in Misha Cherniak, Olga Gerassimenko, and Michael Brinkschröder, eds., "I am Wonderfully Made": Texts on Eastern Orthodoxy and LGBT Inclusion (n.p.: European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups, 2016), 82-99.
  • "Reinterpreting Baptism: An Ongoing Dialogue" in Robert Shore-Goss, Thomas Bohache, Patrick S. Cheng, and Mona West, eds., Queering Christianity: Finding a Place at the Table for LGBTQI Christians (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2013), 145-78.

Presentations

  • "Something New Under the Sun: Sexualities, Same-Sex Relationships, and Orthodoxy," Fourth Oslo Coalition Seminar on New Directions in Orthodox Theology, December 9-10, 2016 (Oslo, Norway)
  • "Orthodox Tradition and traditions: Sex and Gender as Case Study," Seminar on Orthodox Theological Reflections on LGBT People, August 2015 (Läyliäinen, Finland)
  • "Orthodox Anthropology: The Points of Commonality Between Orthodox Views of Unique, Ecstatic, and Relational Personhood and the Indeterminacy of Sexual Orientations and/or Queer Identities," Seminar on Orthodox Theological Reflections on LGBT People, August 2015 (Läyliäinen, Finland)
  • "Eucharist, Private Prayer, and Positive Mimesis in the Theology of James Alison," Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 2009 (Montréal, Canada)

Book Reviews

  • "René Girard, When These Things Begin: Conversations with Michel Treguer. René Girard, The One by Whom Scandal Comes." The Journal of Religion 95, no. 4 (2015): 556-59.

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion
Colloquium on Violence & Religion
The Orthodox Theological Society in America