Union Theological Seminary Academics


Kyeongil Jung

Kyeongil Jung

Ecumenics and Interfaith Studies
Theological Consortium


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STM., Union Theological Seminary, 2007
Extended Essay: The Buddha and the Net of Views

M.A., The Graduate School of Sogang University, Korea, 2002
Major: Religious Studies (Anthropology of Religion)
Thesis: Mongolians’ Nomadic Culture and Religious View of Nature

M.Div., Hanshin Graduate School of Theology, Korea, 1996
Major: Systematic Theology
Thesis: A Theological Study on Dong-hak (Eastern Studies

B.A., Soong Sil University, Korea, 1993
Major: Philosophy
Thesis: Karl Marx’s Critique of Religion


Prior to joining the Ph.D. program in the field of Ecumenical Studies at Union in 2007, Kyeongil Jung had a background in three interrelated academic areas: Philosophy (Marxism), Religious Studies (Anthropology of Religion), and Theology (Systematic Theology/Interreligious Dialogue). He as a religious pluralist and liberationist holds a guiding principle that undergirds his theological odyssey: doing theology interreligiously and liberatively. His research interests focus on Theologies of Religions, Liberation Theologies, and Socially Engaged Buddhist-Christian Dialogue.

Advisor: Paul F. Knitter

Selected Publications


“Just-Peace: A Buddhist Christian Path to Liberation.” The Buddhist-Christian Studies, vol. 32 (2012)

“Compassion and Confrontation: A Buddhist-Christian Response to a World of Suffering.” The Japan Mission Journal, v. 66, no. 1 (Spring 2012)

Book Chapters

"Blood and Benevolence: Violence and Nonviolence in Buddhist and Christian Mysticism.” In Terrorism, Religion, and Global Peace: From Concepts to Praxis, ed. Karikottuchira Kuriakose (Gorgias Press, 2012)


Paul F. Knitter, Without Buddha I Could Not Be A Christian, Seoul, Korea: Clear Mind, 2011. (Korean)


“Liberating Seon(Zen): A Christian Experience.” In Korean Religions Group, The American Academy of Religion, Chicago (TBD, November 2012)

"Critical Mindfulness: A Buddhist-Christian Spirituality of Liberation.” Presented at the USQR Graduate Students' Conference, "The Future of Liberation Theology", Union Theological Seminary (February 2012).

“A Buddhist-Christian Story of Peace and Justice.” Presented at The Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies session at AAR, San Francisco (November 2011)

“Spirituality: Resisting Empire Within.” Presented at the Peace for Life’s Conference, “World Without Empire,” Union Theological Seminary (April 2010)


Teaching Fellow

Religions in the City (Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2010) with Paul Knitter and Chung Hyun Kyung

Interreligious Dialogue and Ecology (Fall 2010) with Paul Knitter

Dealing with Diversity: Evangelical/Pentecostal and Mainline Perspectives on Religious Pluralism (Fall 2008) with Paul Knitter

Dealing with Diversity: Preparing Religious Leaders for a Multi-Religious World (Fall 2009) with Paul Knitter.

Christian-Muslim Dialogue (Fall 2007) with Paul Knitter

Love Meets Wisdom: Buddhist-Christian Dialogue (Fall 2008, Fall 2011) with Chung Hyun Kyung

Zen Meditation and Dialogue with Zen Masters (Fall 2007, Fall 2009) with Chung Hyun Kyung

Jesus and Buddha in Dialogue (Spring 2012) with Paul F. Knitter and Roger Haight.

Double Belonging: Christian/Buddhist (Fall 2012) with Paul F. Knitter


The Daniel Day Williams Fellowship Award, Union Theological Seminary (2012)

The Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies Graduate Student Essay Competition Award (2011)

The Daniel Day Williams Fellowship Award, Union Theological Seminary (2010)

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