Hans Gustafson joined the Jay Phillips Center as the assistant director in June 2011, prior to which he had been teaching in courses in theology for the department of theology at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University since January of 2010. In addition to being the associate director of the Jay Phillips Center, Hans also currently serves as an adjunct professor in the theology departments at the University of St. Thomas and the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University. His recent course offerings include Jesus Christ and Interreligious Dialogue, Christianity and World Religions, Christian Approaches to Other Religions, and Religions of the World. He holds master degrees in both theology and philosophy and a Ph.D. in religion from Claremont Graduate University. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Hans is enjoys teaching and learning about interreligious theology, and promoting interfaith collaboration and solidarity among students and others served by the Jay Phillips Center.
His scholarly work reflects a commitment to ecumenical and interreligious studies, particularly in the fields of constructive philosophical theology, comparative theology and theologies of religion, and interreligious and interfaith studies. Recent publications include “Interreligious and Interfaith Studies in Relation to Religious Studies and Theological Studies,” State of Formation (2015), “Why Merton Matters to this Non-Catholic,” The Merton Seasonal (2015), “Vexation and Promise in the New Testament: Experience of God for Non-Christians,” in Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: A North American Response to A Common Word between Us and You (2014), “Sacramental Spirituality in The Brothers Karamazov and Wendell Berry’s Port William Characters” in Literature and Theology (2013), “Place, Spiritual Anthropology, and Sacramentality in Merton’s Later Years,” in The Merton Annual (2013), “Sacramental Mediation between Theology and Spirituality” in Spirituality in the 21st Century (2013), “Collapsing the Sacred and the Profane: Pan-Sacramental Possibilities in Aquinas and the Implications for Spirituality,” in The Heythrop Journal (2011), “Substance Beyond Illusion: The Spirituality of Bede Griffiths,” in The Way (2008), and has a forthcoming book tentatively titled Finding All Things in God: Pansacramentalism and Doing Theology Interreligiously (Pickwick Publications). Hans has presented numerous papers at international, national, and regional academic conferences on several topics. Three of these papers focused on the sacramentality, interfaith spirituality, and the multiple religious identity of Nicholas Black Elk, which will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies.
Hans is an active member of the Twin Cities Interfaith Network, a non-Catholic sitting member of the Commission on Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and contributes as an emeritus scholar for State of Formation founded by the Journal of for Inter-Religious Dialogue. Follow Hans on Twitter and click here to view more details about Hans’ scholarship.