Kristine A. Culp

Associate Professor of Theology and Dean of the Disciples Divinity House; also in the College


MDiv (Princeton Theological Seminary) 
PhD (University of Chicago)


Kris Culp works in constructive theology. She is the author of Vulnerability and Glory: A Theological Account (Westminster John Knox, 2010), one of the first theological works to connect multidisciplinary conversations about environmental and economic vulnerability with theological anthropology and sociality. She is the editor of The Responsibility of the Church for Society and Other Essays by H. Richard Niebuhr (2008), which collected Niebuhr’s various writings on ecclesiology and Christian community for the first time. Her essays have addressed protest and resistance as theological themes, the use of fiction in theological thinking, feminist and womanist theologies, and about “experience” in contemporary theology.

She is currently working on a monograph entitled, “Glorious Life?,” which is supported by the Enhancing Life Project at the University of Chicago and Ruhr-University Bochum, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. It explores glory as a theological resource for the enhancement of vulnerable life by engaging historical-theological debates about the glory of made things, such as architecture, and developing interdisciplinary reference points for a contemporary construal of glory.

Disciples Divinity House 1156 East 57th St. Chicago, IL 60637
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Current and Upcoming Courses

Ministry and Religious Leadership

CHRM 32500 Theology in the Public Square

CHRM 32500 Theology in the Public Square


THEO 46006 Approaches to Suffering: Theological Perspectives and Contemporary Meditations