Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D., is founding Co-Director of Faith Voices for the Common Good, an organization
dedicated to educating the public about the values and concerns of religious
leaders and organizations. Having held an endowed professorship at Hamline
University (1990-1997), served as director of the Fellowship Program at the
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (1997-2001), and
been a Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life
(2001-2002), she is also currently a visiting scholar at Starr King School of
the Ministry and a member of the Board of Directors of the Religious Coalition
for Reproductive Choice.
Dr. Brock’s award-winning books include:
- Journeys By Heart: A Christology of Erotic
- Casting Stones: Prostitution and Liberation
in Asia and the United States (1996).
Co-authored with Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite.
- Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive
Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us (2001). Co-authored with
Rebecca Ann Parker.
- Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded
Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, (2008). Co-authored with
Rebecca Ann Parker.
- Guide to the Perplexing: A Survival Manual
for Women in Religious Studies (1992).
- Setting the Table: Women in Theological
Conversation (2006). Contributing co-editor with Claudia Camp and Serene
- Off the Menu: Asian and North American Asian
Women’s Religion and Theology (2007).
co-editor with Jung Ha Kim, Kwuk Pui-Lan and Seung Ai Yang.
Dr. Brock has lectured in Australia, New Zealand, England, Germany, Denmark,
Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, and Canada, as well as throughout the United
States and is a member of the U. S. group of the Ecumenical Association of
Third World Theologians, the leading global organization of liberation
theologians. Her work continues to interweave religious questions with
issues of justice in the U.S. and international contexts.
As an active member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Brock
has served on its General Board and Administrative Committees and, from
1996-1998, was the first Chair of the Common Global Ministries Board, a joint
venture of the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ. In
1993, she represented the National Council of Churches on an ecumenical,
international, high-level delegation to Guatemala and El Salvador to support
the peace-making processes in both countries. She also served for nine years as
a trustee of Starr King School for the Ministry. She lives in Oakland, CA.