Interfaith Advisory Board

Advising students and the Chaplains' Office regarding religious diversity, equity and inclusion.

Siri C. Erickson, Chair Christianity (ELCA)

Siri Erickson

Rev. Erickson holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Carleton College and an M.Div. from Claremont School of Theology, where she focused her studies on methods of theological reflection that integrate scientific knowledge, ecological civilization, and the common good. Rev. Erickson worked as Pastor of Lifelong Learning for nine years in an ELCA congregation and is currently Chaplain of the College at Gustavus.  

 

John Cha, Buddhism

Dr. Cha is an associate Professor in Religion and Japanese Studies and holds a B.A. from Quincy College, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Cha's teaching and research interests include Buddhist philosophy, Indian intellectual history, comparative philosophy, and inter-religious dialogue (primarily Buddhist/Christian dialogue).

 

Marcia Bunge, Christianity (ELCA)

Dr. Bunge is a Professor and Bernhardson Distinguished Chair of Lutheran Studies in Religion.  A graduate of St. Olaf College (majoring in English and Music), Dr. Bunge earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, specializing in hermeneutics and historical and systematic theology. She has taught at Luther Seminary (1985-1990), Luther College (1990-1995), Gustavus Adolphus College (1995-1997), and most recently Christ College at Valparaiso University (1997-2012).

Fuad Naeem, Islam

Dr. Naeem is an assistant Professor in Religion and teaches Islam and World Religions at Gustavus Adolphus College and has previously taught at Williams College, Georgetown University, and George Mason University. He has  a Ph.D in Theological and Religious Studies- Religious Pluralism, specializing in Islam with a minor in Christianity (2015) and an M.A. in History of Religions- Hinduism and Islam from George Washington University.

  

Marian Broida, Judaism

Dr. Broida has taught Bible and Jewish Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College since the fall of 2015. She completed her MA in Jewish Studies and her PhD in Religion at Emory University in Atlanta, specializing in Hebrew Bible.  One of Dr. Broida’s greatest joys is providing avenues for non-Jewish and Jewish students to learn about Judaism. In 2016, she taught a January term course on experiencing the Passover Seder. That April she organized and co-led a campus Seder at Gustavus for approximately 200 students, faculty, and others, with the help of students in her Jewish Studies courses.