Kathleen Talvacchia

Affiliated Scholar

Kathleen T. Talvacchia (she/her) is a contextual theologian with interest in spirituality, spiritual discernment, practical theology, Christian practices of marginalized communities, and Queer theology. She was previously Associate Professor of Ministry and Theology at Union Theological Seminary and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science. Most recently she authored Embracing Disruptive Coherence: Coming Out as Erotic Ethical Practice (2019) and co-edited Queer Christianities: Lived Religion in Transgressive Forms (2015).

In addition to her scholarly work, she holds a certificate from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and serves as a spiritual director in the contemplative tradition. As a Staff Associate at LeaderWise, she combines her work in spiritual companioning with her training as a conflict mediator to assist ministerial professionals and religious groups to strengthen their development as leaders in their communities.


Certificate in Spiritual Direction, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation
Certificate in Conflict Resolution, University of Massachusetts Boston
Ed.D., Teachers College Columbia University
M.Ed., Boston College
B.S., Saint Joseph’s University