Rev. Michael Reid Trice, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement,
Spehar-Halligan Professor

Phone: 206.296.5332

Michael Trice, PH.D., Curriculum Vitae


  • 2001-2006 Loyola University at Chicago, &
  • 2001-2004 Maximillian Universitaet, Munich Germany [International Student Status]
    Ph.D., Constructive Theology
    Dissertation: Encountering Cruelty: A Fracture at the Heart of Western Christianity
    Graduated summa cum laude
    Oral Defense – Distinction
    Winner of 2008 Award for Best Original Dissertation of the Year in the Humanities
  • 1999-2000 Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Illinois
    Th.M., Systematic Theology
    Thesis: Heidegger and Rahner – The Suffering of the Anthropos and the Other
    Graduated summa cum laude
  • 1993-1995 Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina
    M.T.S., Systematic Theology
    Thesis: Luther and Machiavelli – From Anthropology to Political Ethic
    Graduated magna cum laude, top 10 in class
  • 1993-1994 North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina
    B.A., English Literature
    Graduated summa cum laude
  • 1987-1991Bethany Lutheran Liberal Arts College, Lindsborg, Kansas
    B.A., Philosophy and Theology, English Literature Minor
    Paper: From Hegel to Bloom: Transformation of Geist as Classical Structure


  • Trice, Michael Reid. The Generosity Gene. Wipf &Stock. (Eugene, Oregon). Scheduled for publication 2018
  • Trice, Michael Reid and Simone Sinn. Eds.,  2015. Religious Identity and Renewal in the Twenty-first Century: Christian and Muslim Explorations. Evangelische verlagsanstalt (Leipzig: Germany) [This text is being used at the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and for this purpose will be translated into German by October, 2017].
  • Trice, Michael Reid, 2011. Deenabandhu Manchala and Drea Frochtling (eds.), Cruelty and Christian Witness: Confronting Violence at its Ugliest., Geneva: World Council of Churches, Faith and Order Series

  • Generosity: Reimagining the Core of Human Belonging (Cascade Books, 2016).
    The Future of Religious Identity: A Spirit of Generosity, Religious Identity in the 21st Century, From an August 2014 conference of the same title as the text. Ed., Michael Reid Trice and Simone Sinn (Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2016).
  • Jesuit Charism and an Ecumenical Identity at Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, Proceedings of the 21st International Congress of Jesuit Ecumenists, Ed. Robert J. Daly S.J. and Thomas Hughson, S.J., The Institute of Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College, (Fall, 2015).
  • A Future in the Hyphen: The Dawning of the Faculty-Administrator, Association of Theological Schools Journal – Theological Education., Vol. 49, Issue 2 (Spring, 2015).
  • Nostra Aetate: At Fifty there is Wisdom, A Jubilee for All Time: The Copernican Revolution in Jewish-Christian Relations, Ed. Gilbert S. Rosenthal, (Pickwick Publications, 2014).
  • There’s an App for That – A Post-Christian Lutheran Response to Pluralism, Lutheran Identity and Political Theology, Church of Sweden Research Series, Vol. 9, Ed. Carl-Henric Grenholdm, Goran Gunner, (Wipf&Stock, 2014).
  • Vatican II for Lutherans: To Give and Take, Periodical for the Association of Lutheran church Musicians, Intersections: The 50th Anniversary of Vatican II #53 - 2013, Vol. 21, No. 2. (Summer, 2013).
  • The Lutheran Strategy for Engaging Muslims in the World Today,Muslim-Christian Relations in the Lutheran and Anglican Communions: Historical Encounters and Contemporary Projects, Editors, Joseph Dugan and David D. Grafton, Church Publishing Inc., Foreword by Bishop Mark Hanson and Archbishop Rowan Williams (Summer, 2013).
  • A Lutheran Response to Public Theology Today, Jesuit Journal Conversations, (September, 2012).
    Forming Religious Identity in the Context of Religious Pluralism, Journal of Lutheran Ethics, (May, 2011).
  • Encountering Cruelty: A Fracture in the Human Heart Book publication, Brill Publisher, (April, 2011).
    1789-2011: Revisiting The Free Expression of Religion Odyssey Networks series 'Faith Under Fire,' (Apri, 2011).
  • King Hearings: Canard or a Canary in a Coal Mine? Odyssey Networks series 'Faith Under Fire,' (March, 2011).
  • Cruelty and Christian Witness: Confronting Violence at its Ugliest Book publication, Co-editor and organizer to a World Council of Churches Faith and Order Series (February, 2011)
  • A Christian Understanding of War in an Age of Terror, National Council of Churches, USA, (November, 2010).
  • Cruelty in the Mind of God. Journal of Lutheran Ethics (Fall, 2008)
  • Our Interreligious World, The Lutheran magazine (March, 2007)
  • Diving Down: Vigilance and Discernment of Caritas Deus Est, Journal of Lutheran Ethics (September, 2006)
  • Cruelty, Jesus' Execution, and Two Signposts, Lutheran World Federation Series Thinking It Over, Issue #4 (February, 2004)
  • Plato and the Grecian Urn: The Moral Ideal, Ex Umbra (November, 1994)
  • A World of Religions, 'Lemonade with God,' Youth Talk Series, Augsburg Fortress Press (September, 1993)
  • Ecumenism and the Church: How our Youth View It. Presented at a weekend workshop for pastors and lay leaders (Colorado Springs, Colorado: November 15-18, 1992)


  • Thrivent Fellow. This fellowship is awarded to the top promising young senior executive leaders and scholars of the Lutheran-Christian experience in North America.
  • Bethany College 2008 Alumni Gold Award Recipient. This award is presented annually to a graduate of the last two decades recognizing their outstanding achievement and service to society and/or the academy.
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America $15,000.00 Grant Funded by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for a WCC Consultation on my dissertation topic: Cruelty and Reconciliation in the World.
  • Best Original Dissertation of the Year Award, Loyola University.
  • Lutheran World Federation Scholarship, Stuttgart Germany.
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität doctoral Grant, Munich Germany.
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Full Scholarship, Bremen, Germany.
  • Loyola University Graduate Assistantship Stipend Award.
  • Loyola University Graduate School Full Tuition Scholarship.
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Educational Grant.
  • Collegium Oecumenicum: Internationales Theologisches Studienkolleg Stipend.
  • Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Full Tuition Award.
  • Red Cross Outstanding Service Award.
  • Aid Association for Lutherans Outstanding Service Award.
  • Bethany Lutheran College Scholarship for Excellence in Theatre.

Personal Information

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.