Therese B. DeLisio '00, '07
Associate Dean for Academic Leadership
3041 Broadway, AD 109
New York, NY 10027
Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
Ph.D., Systematic Theology and Worship, 2007
St. John's University School of Law, Jamaica NY
St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY
B.A., Psychology, 1977
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. DeLisio is an attorney, systematic theologian, liturgical scholar, and theological educator. After a career as a trial attorney and partner in a New York City law firm, she followed a call to ministry that led her to study at Union Theological Seminary. Here she received the M.Div. and, under the mentorship of Dr. Janet Walton and Dr. Christopher Morse, earned the Ph.D. in the dual fields of systematic theology and worship. Her awards at Union included the Jonathan Kneeland Award, for best exegetical sermon (1999); the Daniel Day Williams Fellowship, for outstanding work in theology (2004); and the Robert Wood Lynn Fellowship, for promise of excellence in teaching or in a ministry of education (2007). Her dissertation offered a constructive proposal for reconceptualizing “Trinity” as God’s being “for with, and within” creation, and re-examined the meaning of “sacrament” in light of the sacramentality of the cosmos itself. She continues, in her scholarly research and writing, to focus on the theological, ethical, and liturgical implications of the contemporary “turn to the cosmos” for sacramental theology, liturgical practice, and creation care from an eco-feminist perspective. She is the author of Stretching the Sacramental Imagination: A Trinitarian Proposal for a Cosmologically Conscious Age (Fortress Press, forthcoming in 2014).
Dr. DeLisio returns to Union after eight years of teaching diverse topics in theology, worship, and inter-religious women’s studies in traditional face-to-face, blended, and online formats at Chicago-area seminaries and universities. She enjoys designing and teaching courses for traditional and non-traditional-age distance learners, utilizing the latest digital resources, learning technologies, and assessment tools.
A lay Episcopalian, Dr. DeLisio has served on the Bishop’s Task Force on Sustainability in the Diocese of Chicago as an active member, blog editor/contributor, lecturer, workshop presenter, and preacher. She is also an Associate Member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and a past President of the Board of Mercy Center Ministries in Suffolk County, New York, an agency devoted to providing transitional housing and supportive services to pregnant and parenting young women.