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Bruce Coriell

College Chaplain & Lecturer

I believe the most effective teachers are themselves engaged learners. My own education includes an undergraduate degree in philosophy, classical Protestant seminary training and a graduate program in theology focusing on modern and contemporary thought. Ironically, I rarely teach within these broad academic traditions. During my years at Colorado College, I have taught theory and method, multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of religion and field study in religious communities. My current teaching interests include the intersection between religion and the natural world as well as the field of indigenous religious traditions.

I value my relationships with my colleagues in the Religion Department and I’m crazy about the adventurous spirit of our student scholars. For years, I attempted to keep my roles as college chaplain and faculty member separate until I realized that a single, integrated vocation has strengthened my contributions as both faculty and chaplain. As faculty, I have embraced the notion that my courses are opportunities for student transformation, whether as scholars of religious studies or as human beings on a path. As chaplain, I am grounded in the understanding that for our students, religious experience is discovered within and shaped by the distinct educational context here at Colorado College. I treasure the opportunity to teach at Colorado College.


Indigenous Religions Traditions
Nature and Religion
Interfaith Encounters

Regular Classes

RE 190 Indigenous Religious Traditions
RE 292 Wilderness and Spirit (in Alaska)
RE 391 Shamanism(s)


  • RE190 – Indigenous Religious Traditions


    B.A., Wheaton College, 1978
    M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1981
    ABD, Vanderbilt University, 1991

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