Just when professor emeritus of theology Paul Knitter thought he was done in the classroom, he got an offer he couldn’t refuse. Union Theological Seminary, the oldest inter-denominational seminary in the nation and one of the most prestigious, targeted Knitter for an opening on its staff and convinced him to move to New York City and serve as its Paul Tillich professor of theology, world religions and culture. He began in January.
“What the seminary envisions as the ideals of the Tillich Chair is what I’ve been about for all my professional life,” he says, “how to promote a dialogue of religious communities that will both enrich the religions and promote the well-being of people and the planet.”
Knitter retired in 2002 after 27 years at Xavier. He’s an internationally known expert on interfaith relations.