Bryce E. Rich

Bryce E. RichBryce is a doctoral candidate in theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School where he combines his interests in Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Russian language and culture, and queer theory.

He hopes to train pastors and religious educators in a seminary. However, in light of current trends in seminary education, a think tank looks better to him all the time.

Bryce’s dissertation project wades into the ongoing debates over gender roles in Eastern Orthodox theology, bringing voices from the patristic tradition and critical theory into conversation. This is a component of a larger project he wishes to pursue in articulating a contemporary Orthodox theological anthropology.

A member of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Bryce also works with the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), a Protestant denomination founded in 1968 with a primary ministry to the LGBTQ community.  He serves as chair of the MCC Theologies Team and as a member of the Commission on the MCC Statement of Faith.

A lover of 80s pop, Byzantine chant, and contemporary praise and worship, you’ll also find Bryce geeking out over sci-fi and decompressing with police procedurals.  He is devoted to his cat, Mr. Kiso, and owns a bowling ball that he carried to Russia and back.

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