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Bruce R.  Bramlett

Bramlett, Bruce Richard

Lecturer AY-B,  Humanities
Lecturer, History

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  • ABD History of Christian Thought and Post Holocaust Christian Theology, History of Jewish-Christian Relations and Holocaust Studies
    Graduate Theological Union, United States, 1993
  • . Episcopal Divinity School, 1976


The Rev. Bruce R. Bramlett is an ordained Episcopal priest, Christian scholar and activist on several social issues including California’s death penalty. He received his theological education at Union Theological Seminary in New York and completed his Masters of Divinity degree at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church and has served parishes over the past thirty years in Reading and Williamstown, Massachusetts; Essex Fells and Teaneck, New Jersey; and Lodi, San Ramon, and San Rafael, in California. Rev. Bramlett has also pursued advanced studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Holocaust Studies, Jewish-Christian history and Post-Holocaust Christian theology. During that period he was a teaching Fellow in Systematic Theology at the Church Divinity School at the Graduate Theological Union, a graduate of the educator’s program at Yad Vashem, and a Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Center in Jerusalem. He left his doctoral studies as an “A.B.D.” to return to full time pastoral work. While continuing as a pastor, he has retained his interest and involvement in scholarly work as a part time instructor for a number of bay area educational institutions including St. Mary’s College, Moraga; U.S.F., San Francisco; University of the Pacific, Stockton; Dominican University, San Rafael; and Lehrhaus Judaica, Berkeley. He has been a frequent lecturer in synagogues and churches on issues of Jewish history, Christian theology, Holocaust studies, Jewish/ Christian history, Antisemitism, Israeli/ Palestinian relations and other issues of social and public policy. He was the Program Coordinator for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Critical Thinking for the Silicon Valley FACES in San Jose. He is now the Associate Director for the Helen and Joe Farkas Holocaust Studies Center at Mercy High School in San Francisco. He is also a spiritual advisor to two men on Death Row at San Quentin and actively serves in other ways at the prison.