Welcome new professors José Francisco Morales Torres and Wm. Andrew Schwartz! You may know Dr. Morales and Dr. Schwartz in other roles, but they will now also serve as CST faculty.
Dr. Morales, in addition to his role as Director of Pastoral Formation at Disciples Seminary Foundation, will also serve as Assistant Professor of Historical and Comparative Theology. Dr. Schwartz, in addition to serving as the Executive Director of the Center for Process Studies, will also serve as Assistant Professor of Process and Comparative Theology.
Dr. Morales is a 2019 CST graduate who places historical voices into conversation with historically marginalized voices, within and beyond the Christian tradition, offering radical re-articulations of the affirmations of faith for today’s realities. His areas of interest include comparative approaches to historical theology, medieval philosophy and theology, the development of Christian doctrines, liberation theologies, and the theological challenge of charismatic movements.
Before moving to California, Dr. Morales served as the Executive Regional Minister for the Central Rocky Mountain Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). His ministry experience is broad, including wider denominational work, congregational ministry, advocacy, community organizing, and education.
Dr. Morales’s recent publications include “The Presence and Absence of Faith: Being Faithful to Christian Particularity and Committed to Interreligious Engagement” in Insights: The Faculty Journal of Austin Seminary; a book review of Justo L. González’s The Mestizo Augustine: A Theologian between Two Cultures as well as a book review of Paul C. H. Lim’s Mystery Unveiled: The Crisis of the Trinity in Early Modern England, both in the Journal of Religious History; and “Hurricanes and Lilies: Glimpses of God When Disaster Strikes” in Help and Hope: Disaster Preparedness and Response Tools for Congregations.
Dr. Schwartz is a scholar, organizer, and social entrepreneur. As a comparative philosopher and theologian, his teaching and research specializations include religious pluralism, process thought, and ecological civilization.
With a particular interest in promoting the common good, Dr. Schwartz employs a constructive approach to theology and philosophy oriented toward addressing our world’s most pressing problems. His recent work has been focused on the development of a new paradigm for addressing religious disputes grounded in the pluralistic insights of Jainism, as well as the role of high-impact philosophy in the transition toward a more sustainable and just future.
Dr. Schwartz is also Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of the Institute for Ecological Civilization (ecociv.org), Co-Chair of the Open & Relational Theologies Unit of the American Academy of Religion, Managing Editor of the academic journal Process Studies, and Treasurer for the International Process Network.
Dr. Schwartz’s recent publications include Do Christians, Muslims, and Jews Worship the Same God? Four Views, edited by Ronnie Campbell and Christopher Gnanakan; The Metaphysics of Paradox: Jainism, Absolute Relativity, and Religious Pluralism; Putting Philosophy to Work: Toward an Ecological Civilization, edited with John B. Cobb, Jr.; and
Embracing the Past—Forging the Future: A New Generation of Wesleyan Theology, edited with John M. Bechtold.