Dr. Michael Reid Trice serves as the Associate Dean for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue and is Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and Theological Ethics. Since 2016, he also serves as Secretary for the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Michael is a leader on the Interfaith and Faith and Order commissions of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and serves or has served on several boards, including Church World Service. Michael enjoys developing proficiencies in creating and teaching traditional, online synchronous and blended courses in public theology, and publishes regularly in online journals and missives, including Martin Marty’s Sightings at the University of Chicago.
Recently, Michael is leading a team at STM and the Parliament of the World’s Religions for the creation of a global resource to be available in June 2018, in response to the United Nations Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes, which was released in July 2017. In 2017, Michael was invited to participate in working alongside former journalist Steve Wilhem and executives at Seattle-Tacoma international Airport in an initiative to open a Prayer and Meditation Room.
Michael’s most recent publication is a chapter in an edited work, Lutheran Theology and Secular Law (May 2018) where he contrasts the theological anthropology and political ethics of Martin Luther and Niccolo Machiavelli.
Michael’s dissertation, Encountering Cruelty: A Fracture of the Human Heart, won the 2007 distinguished best original dissertation award for Loyola Jesuit University and was published in April 2011. Michael's current areas of academic interest include constructive theological responses to pluralism, interfaith encounter, and the interdisciplinary approaches to conflict transformation and structural cruelties.