Claire E. Wolfteich

Title
Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Spirituality Studies, Co-Director for the Center for Practical Theology
Email
cwolftei@bu.edu
Phone
(617) 353-6496
Education
B.A. Yale University
M.Div. University of Chicago
Ph.D. University of Chicago

Dr. Wolfteich’s teaching and research interests include Christian spirituality; religion and public life; theology and practice; theologies of work and family; lay spirituality; spiritual autobiographies; and American Catholicism. She co-directs the Center for Practical Theology and directs the Spiritual Formation and Church Life Project. Dr. Wolfteich is a past President of the International Academy of Practical Theology and of the Association of Practical Theology. She is currently President-Elect of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. She has served as Co-Principal Investigator on four major grants from the Lilly Endowment. She also was awarded a Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers in 2011-2012. Her books include the edited volume Invitation to Practical Theology: Catholic Voices and Visions (Paulist Press, 2014); Sabbath in the City: Sustaining Urban Pastoral Excellence (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008), co-authored with Bryan P. Stone; Lord, Have Mercy: Praying for Justice with Conviction and Humility (San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2006); Navigating New Terrain: Work and Women’s Spiritual Lives (Paulist Press, 2002), and American Catholics Through the Twentieth Century: Spirituality, Lay Experience, and Public Life (Crossroad Publishing Co., 2001). Dr. Wolfteich serves on editorial boards for several scholarly journals, including International Journal of Practical Theology; Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality; and The Way: A Review of Christian Spirituality Published by the British Jesuits. In addition, she is on the Editorial Board of the Theology in Practice Series (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publishers) and serves on the Advisory Board of the Research in Contemporary Religion Series (Gottingen, Germany: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Publishers).

Books

  • Invitation to Practical Theology: Catholic Voices and Visions. Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 2014. (Editor)
  • Sabbath in the City: Sustaining Urban Pastoral Excellence. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008. (Co-authored with Bryan P. Stone).
  • Lord, Have Mercy: Praying for Justice with Conviction and Humility. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2006.
  • Navigating New Terrain: Work and Women’s Spiritual Lives. New York: Paulist Press, 2002.
  • American Catholics Through the Twentieth Century: Spirituality, Lay Experience, and Public Life. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 2001.

Forthcoming Books

  • Catholic Approaches in Practical Theology: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, co-edited with Annemie Dillen, forthcoming Spring 2016, Leuven, Belgium: Peeters Publishers, BETL (Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium) series.
  • Mothering, Public Leadership, and Women’s Life Writing: Explorations in Spirituality Studies and Practical Theology. Leiden, the Netherlands: Brill Publishers, forthcoming 2016.

Journal Articles

“Teaching Spirituality: Context, Practice, Scholarship and Formation,” in The Way: A Journal of  Christian Spirituality published by the British Jesuits [Oxford] 53/4 (October 2014): 17-28.

“A Comparative Research Conversation: American Catholic and German Protestant Spirituality   Studies.” Co-authored with Jörg Schneider. International Journal of Practical Theology 17, no. 1 (August 2013): 100-130.

“Time Poverty, Women’s Labor, and Catholic Social Teaching: A Practical Theological Exploration.” Journal of Moral Theology, 2, no. 2 (June 2013): 40-59.

“ ‘Practices of Unsaying’: Michel de Certeau, Spirituality Studies, and Practical Theology.” Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 12 (2012): 161-171.

“Standing at the Gap: Reading Classics and the Practices of Everyday Life.” Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 10, no. 2 (2010): 250-255.

“Animating Questions: Spirituality and Practical Theology.” International Journal of Practical Theology 13 (2009): 121-143.

“Creation and Newness of Life: Reflections on Formation.” Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision for Ministry 27 (Spring, 2007): 6-18.

“Devotion and the Struggle for Justice in the Farm Worker Movement: Practical Theological Approaches to Research and Teaching.” Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 5, no. 2 (2005): 158-175.

“The American Experiment: Religious Liberty, Roman Catholicism and the Vision of John Courtney Murray.” Journal of Human Rights 2, no. 1 (March 2003): 31-47.

“Attention or Destruction: Simone Weil and the Paradox of the Eucharist.” The Journal of Religion 81, no. 3 (July 2001): 359-376.

“Graceful Work: Practical Theological Study of Spirituality.” Horizons 27, no. 1 (Spring 2000): 7-21.

“A Difficult Love: Mother as Spiritual Guide in the Writing of Susanna Wesley.” Methodist History 38, no. 1 (October 1999): 53-62.

Book Chapters

“Reframing Practical Theology: Assessing Catholic Contributions to the Discourse,” forthcoming in Conundrums in Practical Theology, edited by Bonnie Miller McLemore and Joyce Mercer (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publishers, 2015).

“Embodied Knowing and the Unspeakable Sacred: Practice in Christian Spirituality,” in Sacrality and Materiality: Locating Intersections, edited by Ralph Kunz and Rebecca Giselbrecht (Göttingen, Germany: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, forthcoming 2015).

“Hermeneutical Approaches in Practical Theology: Catholic Perspectives.” In Opening the Field of Practical Theology, edited by Kathleen Cahalan and Gordon Mikoski (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014).

“Introduction: An Invitation to Practical Theology.” In Invitation to Practical Theology: Catholic Voices and Visions, edited by Claire E. Wolfteich (Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 2014).

“Catholic Voices and Visions in Practical Theology: Contributions and Future Directions.” In Invitation to Practical Theology: Catholic Voices and Visions, edited by Claire E. Wolfteich (Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 2014).

“It’s About Time: Rethinking Spirituality and the Domestic Church.” In The Household of God and Local Households, edited by Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi, Gerard Mannion and Peter De Mey, 127-144. Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 254. Leuven: Peeters, 2012.

“Spirituality.” In The Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology, edited by Bonnie J. Miller McLemore, 328-336. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2011.

“Re-Claiming Sabbath as Transforming Practice: Critical Reflections in Light of Jewish-Christian Dialogue.” In Religion, Diversity, and Conflict: Proceedings of the International Academy of Practical Theology, edited by Edward Foley, 247-258. Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2011.

“Pastoral Excellence: Research Findings and Visions for Future Work.” In Engaging Pastors: Papers and Reflections from the Summative Conference. Elkhart, Indiana: Institute of  Mennonite Studies and the Church Leadership Center, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 2010.

“New Currents in Spirituality and Their Impact on Marital Spirituality.” In Companion to Marital Spirituality, edited by Thomas Knieps-Port Le Roi and Monica Sanders, 47- 58. Leuven, Belgium: Peeters, 2008.

“Public Life.” In New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, edited by Philip Sheldrake, 515-516. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.

“Spirituality and the Social Sciences.” In New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, edited by Philip Sheldrake, 68-73. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.

“Work.” In New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, edited by Philip Sheldrake, 651-652. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.

“Modernization and Religion: An Exploration of Women’s Changing Economic Roles as a Practical Theological Challenge.” In Poverty, Suffering, and HIV-AIDS: International    Practical Theological Perspectives, edited by Pamela Couture and Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, 105-115. Cardiff, Wales: Cardiff Academic Press, 2003.

“Spirituality.” In Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, edited by J. Wentzel Vrede van Huyssteen et al. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003.

“The American Experiment: Religious Liberty, Roman Catholics, and the Vision of John Courtney Murray.” In Tolerancija I Tradicija, edited by Adam Seligman and Rusmir Mahmutcehajic, 105-130. Sarajevo: Forum Bosnae, 2001.

“How Can Churches Help Families Live Safely in a Violent Society?” In Religion and Family: A Practical Theology Handbook, edited by Herbert Anderson et al., 181-186. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998.

Book Reviews

Review of The Spirit’s Tether: Family, Work, and Religion Among American Catholics, by Mary Ellen Konieczny. Spiritus 14, no. 2 (Fall 2014): 258-260.

Review of You Can’t Put God in a Box: Thoughtful Spirituality in a Rational Age, by Kelly Besecke. Worship, forthcoming 2015.

Review of Spirituality and the Awakening Self: The Sacred Journey of Transformation, by David  G. Benner. International Journey of Practical Theology, forthcoming 2015.

Review of Mothers on the Fast Track: How a New Generation Can Balance Family and Careers, by Mary Ann Mason and Eve Mason Ekman. INTAMS Review: Journal for the Study of Marriage & Spirituality, forthcoming 2015.

Review of Children’s Voices: Children’s Perspectives in Ethics, Theology and Religious Education, edited by Annemie Dillen and Didier Pollefeyt. INTAMS review: Journal for the Study of Marriage & Spirituality 18, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 124-125.

Review of Reviving Christian Humanism: The New Conversation on Spirituality, Theology, and Psychology, by Don S. Browning. Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 11, no.1 (Spring 2011): 143-146.

Review of Caryll Houselander: Essential Writings, by Wendy Wright. Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 7, no. 2 (Fall 2007): 218-220.

Review of Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Christian Families as Domestic Churches, by Florence Caffrey Bourg. Journal of Religion 85, no. 1 (January 2005): 145-146.

Review of Sociology, Theology, and the Curriculum, edited by Leslie J. Francis. Religious Studies Review 27, no. 1 (January 2001): 51.

Review of After Heaven: Spirituality in America Since the 1950s, by Robert Wuthnow. Society      37, no. 1 (November/December, 1999): 108-110.

Review of Christian Spirituality: Themes from the Tradition, by Lawrence S. Cunningham

and Keith J. Egan, and Understanding Christian Spirituality, by Michael Downey. The Journal of Religion 78, no. 3 (July 1998): 458-460.