Larry L. Greenfield

Monday, July 17, 2017

Location Hall of Philosophy

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Larry L. Greenfield is executive director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the largest and the most historic convening organization of the interfaith movement, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Born and raised in Sioux Falls, S.D., he received his B.A. degree from Sioux Falls College, and his B.D., M.A., and Ph.D. (theology) from the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he subsequently taught and served as dean of students.  He later served as president of Colgate Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary in Rochester, N.Y., where he also brought the Roman Catholic St. Bernard’s Institute to the campus.  He served as vice- president for research at the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith, and Ethics in Chicago, where his own research focused on multi-faith understandings of sexuality, science, and civil discourse.  He was the theologian-in-residence at Protestants for the Common Good, writing a bi-weekly column on “Thinking Theologically about the Common Good” that focused on relating religion to domestic and foreign affairs. He has also served pastorates and campus ministries in Chicago and Ann Arbor, and more recently was the executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago.  He is the co-founder (and currently chairperson of the board of directors) of the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing.  He is an ordained clergyperson in the American Baptist Churches U.S.A.  Past president of the American Theological Society/Midwest, he serves on the boards of numerous ecumenical and interfaith organizations, and chairs the board of trustees of the Baptist Theological Union at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Larry is married to Barbara Greenfield, with two adult daughters, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild. The Greenfields have homes in Chicago and Rochester.