Steven T. Savides

Peace Studies & Theology

Steven T. Savides (peace studies and theology) holds an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, an M.Div. from Andover Newton Theological School, and a B.A. from Principia College. His recent work as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ with congregations emerging from conflict and his earlier work as a journalist covering his native South Africa’s post-apartheid transition to democracy inform his ongoing research into conflict transformation and peacebuilding.
Steven's research interests lie at the intersection of ethno-religious conflict in postcolonial and decolonizing contexts; identity politics; emerging theological expressions from the global South; and the capacity of ritual and symbol to help bridge seemingly intractable conflict by transforming trauma, shame, and guilt through processes of forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing. Steven is particularly interested in investigating decoloniality in the southern African theological context and its implications for interreligious dialogue and cooperation. Steven is a 2016-2017 Darby Fellow.