Kathryn Ray

MDiv student


Where were you born and raised?

Madison, WI

What education did you receive before coming to the University of Chicago Divinity School?

B.A., Religion, Oberlin College

Why did you choose to attend Chicago?

The wonderfully supportive ministry faculty and community combined with the academic rigor of the University, plus the option of pursuing a dual A.M at the School of Social Service Administration, made the University of Chicago an ideal choice.

Please detail any highlights of your academic work at Chicago thus far.

My nascent academic exploits at the University have included considering the possibility of deriving an ethic of interfaith dialogue from Kant. I am also hoping to continue the work in Christology and sexuality that I began in college, drawing on medieval sources to compare with liberation theologians.

Please describe any church work, special teaching activities, publications, or presentations you have worked on so far that you feel are noteworthy. Are there any professors or ministers in particular who have made a significant impact on your studies?

I am a contributing scholar to the State of Formation blog for seminarians (www.stateofformation.org), and have several posts published there. Before coming to Chicago, I worked at a community center and homeless shelter in Milwaukee, WI, through the Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps and taught religious formation and tutored special needs students for a year and a half in Bilwi, Nicaragua.

What activities do you participate in outside of the classroom? (community service, work, hobbies, etc.)

I have begun leading biweekly Taize services in the chapel at Disciples Divinity House, and plan to serve the Divinity School community in other ways through a music ministry. I have also made contact and plan to volunteer with a Catholic priest serving as chaplain at McHenry County Jail, who requires a Spanish-speaker to assist in serving the many illegal immigrants detained there and awaiting deportation.

What do you plan to do after you have graduated from Chicago?

I plan to pursue ordination in the American Baptist tradition and seek employment either in a church or faith-based nonprofit setting.