Susan Ritchie

Associate Professor of Unitarian Universalist History and Ministry

Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie served on Starr King Faculty to August 2014.

I am a third general Unitarian Universalist with passion for multiculturalism, ministry, and progressive institutions.  My own graduate work in cultural and historical studies was explicitly postcolonial and multi-religious.  I have served as a parish minister for over twenty years, always with an overriding sense of joy and privilege.

The focus of much of my own recent scholarly work has been about recovering UU, multi-religious, and UU identities submerged by various hegemonies.  So when the Starr King School for the Ministry first articulated the intention to be fully Unitarian Universalist and multi-religious, I knew I would do all that I could to serve this mission.  My book, Children of the Same God: Unitarian History in Relationship to Judaism and Islam, is currently being released (link here?)  Other current and past publications have focused on issues of polity, governance, and UU identity, with a specific eye to identifying the structures of thought, practice, and governance that best support progressive religious expressions.  I serve the school as Associate Professor of Unitarian Universalist History and Ministry, and to direct the Certificate Program in UU Studies.

Other areas of teaching expertise include congregational history and polity (obsessed with the Puritans!), and poststructural theologies.   From time to time I offer courses in church history. A course particularly enjoyed teaching this past year was Death: An Intellectual History.

I believe in teaching that translates knowledge and understanding into greater agency for the student and hir communities of belonging, in the work of faith and justice.

A committed institutionalist, I see service to my denomination as a requirement of good religious citizenship.  Currently I serve as a member of the UUA Board of Trustees and as Secretary to the Association.

Personally, I enjoy foolishly ambitious cooking, furious exercise, and poetry writing.  I live with my beloved partner of twenty-three years, Donna DeGeorge (recently retired from managing the Book Depository for the Ohio State University Libraries); our Springer Spaniel, Valentino (whom we enjoy anthropomorphizing), our Nasty Kat Roscoe; and our two mothers (for whom we have primary care, Gloria and Sandy).