Address5701 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Senior Research Professor, Meadville/Lombard Theological Seminary

B.S., University of Illinois,
M.S., Columbia University,
M.A., University of California at Los Angeles,
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School,

In addition to teaching at Meadville Lombard Theological School, Thandeka is President of the Center for Community Values (, and an affiliated minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford, Illinois. She is the author of The Embodied Self: Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Solution to Kant’s Problem of the Empirical Self, and Learning to Be White: Race, Money and God in America. Her current research focuses on the nature, structure, and meaning of human affection and empathy in religious communities.

Thandeka’s approach is interdisciplinary, drawing on historical theology, comtemporary self-psychology, race and class theories, gender and cultural studies.

She has taught in the philosophy department at San Francisco State University, the religion department at Williams College, and has been a Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center at Stanford University and a visiting scholar at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Before receiving her doctorate in philosophy of religion and theology from Claremont Graduate School, Thandeka was an Emmy award-winning television producer for sixteen years. An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and theologian, she was given the !Xhosa name Thandeka, which means “one who is loved by God,” by Bishop Desmond Tutu in 1984.

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