Director of Spiritual Formation; Co-Director of the Center for Engaged Compassion; Professor of Spirituality
B.A., Wabash College; M.Div., Yale Divinity School; Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union
Dr. Dreitcer’s current research and teaching interests lie in the exploration of the nature and experience of contemplative practices across religious traditions, the relationship between spiritual practices and neuro-scientific understandings, the ways in which contemplative practices form compassionate actions and attitudes of living, and Christianity as a spiritual path of engaged compassion.He is also Director of Spiritual Formation at Claremont School of Theology, co-director of the Center for Engaged Compassion, and director of the Hybrid-Online DMin in “Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice, and Strategic Leadership.
Dr. Dreitcer has been the co-founding director of a seminary program in spiritual direction and served 15 years as a Presbyterian pastor. Studies with Henri Nouwen and a year spent at the ecumenical monastic community of Taizé significantly shaped his own spiritual life and his perspective on both the role of spiritual formation in theological studies and the value of contemplative studies in academia.
B.A. – Wabash College
M.Div. – Yale Divinity School
Ph.D. – Graduate Theological Union
Recent Publications / Achievements
Living Compassion: Loving Like Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2017) — Named One of the Best Spiritual Books of 2017 by Spirituality and Practice
Fellow at the Mind & Life Institute
Board member, “Contemplative Development Mapping Project” (aka “The Dark Night Project”), Brown University
Beyond the Ordinary: Spirituality for Church Leaders (Eerdmans, 2001)