STAFF & FACULTY DIRECTORY PROFILE
Religious Studies Teacher
Phone: (510) 577-9100
Started at O'Dowd:
BA, Comparative Religious Studies, San Jose State University; MA, Biblical Languages and Biblical Studies, Jesuit School of Theology and Graduate Theological Union; ABD, Biblical Studies, Graduate Theological Union
San Jose, CA
Why I Teach:
I teach to make accessible what seems for most to be incomprehensive.
Most powerful teaching technique:
Exploration of self, other, and the divine through narrativization is a co-creating act where separation dissolves.
Why are the subjects you teach important?:
Religion permeates human experience, whether the tradition is ancient or modern. Developing a basic vocabulary and capacity for conversation is as essential as math, science, or literature. Society is currently struggling with having open discussions about all aspects of religion, mostly because religion is relegated to private spaces or agreement-based dialogue. We are woefully undereducated and unpracticed at open discussions of religion. Every class I teach prepares students to be one step closer to transforming societal dialogue on religion.
"Nothing that we despise in other [people] is inherently absent from ourselves. We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or don't do, and more in light of what they suffer." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, theologian
"We're off, like a herd of turtles." Tom Buckley, SJ
"Sometimes you have to roll the hard 6." Admiral Adama, Battlestar Galactica
My favorite term for a group of French Bulldogs is a "froggle". Two or more frenchies is a 'froggle of frenchies'.
Recommended visual media:
Watch everything. Be discerning. Referencing everything.
Everything by Isabel Allende.
Hobbies or outside interests:
Rick-rolling family with music based on the funny things they say. Threatening to ring the bell of my kids when we play paintball. Watching the bird drama in our backyard between the hawks and the finches.