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Theodore Shimmyo Adjunct Associate Professor of Theology
Former President of UTS (1994-2000)

- B.S. in Nuclear Engineering, U. of Tokyo
- Dipl. R.E., Unification Theological Seminary
- M.Phil. in Theology, Drew University
- Ph.D. in Theology, Drew University

Dr. Theodore Shimmyo is exceedingly knowledgeable of Christian theology even in its intricate areas such as Trinity and Christology. And yet he does not teach theology merely as doctrine or dogma. With much passion, he relates it to our real lives, thereby encouraging us to bring God back to us. This practical theological approach by him was already largely shaped when he was still in his country of Japan where his reading of Augustine and Luther helped to transform his life of faith.

Dr. Shimmyo’s approach is also ecumenical in that he leads his students to have a precious glimpse into a universal element in each and every theological tradition, with the hope that different traditions will be able to relate to one another by humbly going beyond their particularities.

Dr. Shimmyo served as the President of UTS from 1994-2000, and he currently works full-time at the Tarrytown international office of Universal Peace Federation where he edits various books. He published many theological articles and such books as Explorations in Unificationism (1977). His ongoing passion is to write more on theology.

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