My name is Kenji Kuramitsu. I am a writer, educator, and recent graduate of the University of Illinois in Social Work. I’m currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at McCormick Theological Seminary on Chicago’s south side, where I help lead worship, TA, serve as a Community Engagement Fellow, and, when possible, study.
Being raised in Roman Catholic, evangelical, and congregationalist faith communities has helped me form an ecumenical interest in working for social justice in church spaces. Through volunteer work and studies in literature and religion in Cuba, Central and South America, Europe, Hawai’i, and East Asia, I have attempted to nurture a global consciousness in doing this work.
I am passionate about Japanese American liberation history, and in decolonizing and LGBTQ advocacy work among faith communities. To this end, I serve on the board of directors of the Reformation Project, a Christian organization working to advance LGBTQ visibility and justice, and of the Japanese American Citizens League, the largest and oldest Asian American civil rights group in the US.
On this site, you’ll find links to my teaching, writing, and other projects related to Bible, theology, diaspora, LGBTQ family structures, mixed race identity, and more. I am interested in continuing to build experiences writing, teaching, and consulting with progressive institutions, churches, conferences, and people of faith working to diversify and decolonize these and other fields. Please check out my blog for more personal or reflective content.
Below you'll find some of my presentations and teachings.
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