Rev. Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes

Reflection Questions

  1. What voices are present in the “village” of preaching in your congregation?
  2. How is your congregation enmeshed in the economic systems of the larger community and country? 
  3. How do or can you and/or your congregation address economic injustices in your community and in national economic systems?

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 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 two books in English: “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) and and a third forthcoming: “Praying With Every Heart – Orienting Our Lives to the Wholeness of the World” (Oregon: Cascade Books, 2021). 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). 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 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, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Mozambique.

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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