Cláudio Carvalhaes ’07

Associate Professor of Worship


3041 Broadway, AD 401
New York, NY 10027


M.Div., Independent Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1995
M.Phil.,Methodist University of Sao Paulo, 1997
M.Phil., Union Theological Seminary, 2006
Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary, 2007

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Cláudio Carvalhaes, theologian, liturgist and artist, a native Brazilian, completed his Ph.D. in Liturgy and Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2007. He earned a Master of Philosophy in Theology, Philosophy, and History at the Methodist University of Sao Paulo in 1997 and a Master of Divinity from the Independent Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Sao Paulo, Brazil) in 1992.

Previously, Dr. Carvalhaes taught at McCormick Theological Seminary, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Carvalhaes is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

A much sought after speaker, writer, performer, and consultant, Dr. Carvalhaes preached at Wild Goose Festival, Festival of Homiletics, and other preaching events. He led worship for the All African Council of Churches in Mozambique, taught at the Global Institute of Theology of the World Communion of Reformed Churches and leads worship and teaches at the Hispanic Summer Program since 2013. In the fall of 2016, he will preach at the Academy of Homiletics. In 2017 he will speak at the Jubilee 800 Order of Preachers of the Dominican Order in Rome, Italy and will be one of the main speakers at the Societas Liturgica in Belgium.

Dr. Carvalhaes, the author of three books in Portuguese, has edited two books celebrating the work of Jaci C. Maraschin and Ivone Gebara. He has published a book in English, “Eucharist and Globalization: Redrawing the Borders of Eucharistic Hospitality” (Wipf&Stock, 2013) and is the editor of  “Liturgy in Postcolonial Perspectives – Only One is Holy,” (New York: Palgrave Macmillan: Post Colonialism and Religions Series, 2015). His upcoming books are: “What Worship has to do with it? Interpreting Life, Church and the World Liturgically” (Cascade Books, 2017) and “Preaching and Liberation Theology: Metaphors for Our Time,” (Abingdon Press, 2018). He has just edited Forms of Speech, Religion and Social Resistance, CrossCurrents, Vol. 66, No. 1 (Summer 2016).

A member of the American Academy of Religion, Dr. Carvalhaes is the co-chair of the Arts, Religion, and Literature Group, and serves on the board of the Liberation Theology Group. He is also a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and Academy of Homiletics. Dr. Carvalhaes serves on the editorial/advisory board of academic journals and publishing houses including Currents of Encounter Series (Brill, Netherlands); Cross-CurrentsEcclesial Practices: Journal of Ecclesiology and Ethnography; Horizontes Decoloniales/Decolonial Horizons (Argentina) and TEAR: Journal of Liturgical Resources of CLAI, Conselho Latino Americano de Igrejas.

Dr. Carvalhaes says he is “coming home” to Union, a school that formed him and changed his life. Union contributed immensely to turn a shoeshine boy into a scholar, he explains. He is married to Katie Perella and has three children, Libby, Cici and Ike.


Introduction to Preaching and Worship (Fall 2017)
Comparative Buddhist-Christian Liberation Theologies (Fall 2017)
Thinking Theologically About Worship (Spring 2018)
Worship and the Arts (Spring 2018)

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