Hans Gustafson portrait

Hans Gustafson

Adjunct Professor and Director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning
Degree
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University

Office
2057 Portland Avenue
Phone
(651) 962-5798
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5798
Mail
Mail# 57P, 2115 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105

Hans Gustafson is an adjunct professor of theology and religious studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also the associate director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, a joint academic institute at the University of St. Thomas and Saint John’s University (Collegeville, MN) which also serves the College of Saint Benedict (St. Joseph, MN) where he teaches in the department of theology. At both the University of St. Thomas and the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, his recent courses include “Jesus Christ and Interreligious Dialogue,” “Christian Approaches to Other Religions,” and “World Religions.” His areas of research and teaching are in constructive philosophical theology, comparative theology, theologies of religion, and interreligious and interfaith studies. Hans is involved with local interfaith relations through the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, the Twin Cities Interfaith Network, and as a non-Catholic sitting member of the Commission on Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He is also the founder and convener of the Interreligious and Interfaith Studies group at the meeting of the Upper Midwest Region of the American Academy of Religion. His recent publications include:

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 424 - 02 Christianity/World Religion M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 SCB 104
CRN: 42136 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Hans S. Gustafson This course is a comparison of the teachings and practices of Christianity with the teachings and practices of selected non-Christian religions, for example, American Indian (Lakota), Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. The aim of the course will be to clarify similarities and differences between Christianity and other religions, to reflect on the problem posed by religious pluralism in modern culture, and to develop a Christian theology of world religions. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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THEO 468 - L01 Interreligious Encounter PT1 M - - - - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC 481
CRN: 43030 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Hans S. Gustafson Special Instructions: This 2-credit course fulfills the first of a two 2-credit course sequence for the THEO 468 Student Interfaith Leaders Scholarship Program. Students who complete the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 2-credit sections will fulfill the full THEO 468 4-credit requirement. Admitted students receive a $1,000 scholarship. Students need to be studying on-campus for both semesters (but may study abroad for J-term 2018). Further information and required application for this course can be found here: http://stthomas.edu/jpc/programs/silsp/

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 468 - L01 Interreligious Encounter part2 M - - - - - - 1525 - 1700 MHC 211
CRN: 22541 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Hans S. Gustafson In the last half century religious diversity in the West has rapidly increased, bringing people from different religious traditions into daily contact. This has resulted in new conflicts, sometimes in violence, but also in new collaborations and friendships. Drawing on several approaches to interreligious conflict and relations, this course will examine the dynamic encounters that take place between and among people of different religious identities and ask students to reflect on their own role in religiously complex situations. Students will consider this interreligious reality and their role in it against the backdrop of their own individual relationship to spirituality, faith, and theology. To foster interreligious understanding beyond the classroom, students in this course will directly engage with the religious diversity of Minneapolis-St. Paul. This course is a community-engagement course requiring a minimum of 15 hours of interreligious community engagement for all students enrolled (NOTE: service hours may contribute toward BUSN 200 requirement when BUSN200 is taken in same semester). Prerequisites: THEO 101, and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115.

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