United Theological Seminary

Assistant Professor, Pastoral And Spiritual Care and Counseling

Assistant Vice President for Faculty Community Relations

Dr. Pamela Ayo Yetunde is assistant professor of pastoral and spiritual care and counseling and director of United’s Interreligious Chaplaincy program. She is the author of Object Relations, Buddhism, and Relationality in Womanist Practical Theology and her book on Buddhist-Christian dialogue, religious freedom law and transgender spiritual care will be published this year. Ayo led United’s Theology of Prince project, and has researched the spirituality in Prince’s music and Audre Lorde’s poetry. Her articles appear in Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Journal of Buddhist-Christian Studies, Religions and Feminist Theology. She is an interfaith Buddhist practitioner.


  • Th.D. Columbia Theological Seminary
  • M.A. Holy Names University
  • J.D. Indiana University School of Law–Bloomington
  • B.A. Ball State University


  • “From Strong Black Woman to Remarkably Relationally Resilient Woman: Black Christian Women and Black Buddhist Lesbians in Dialogue,” Buddhist-Christian Studies, Vol. 37, 2017
  • “Black Lesbians to the Rescue! A Brief Correction with Implications for Womanist Christian Theology and Womanist Buddhology,” Religions 2017


  • Object Relations, Buddhism, and Relationality in Womanist Practical Theology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
  • Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, U.S. Religious Freedom Law, and Womanist Public Theology for Transgender Spiritual Care (Palgrave Macmillan, Summer 2020)


  • Post-doctoral research fellowship at Harvard Divinity School, Fall 2018