Andrew Dreitcer is Professor of Spirituality, Director of Spiritual Formation, Director of the D.Min in “Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice, and Strategic Leadership,” and co-directs the Center for Engaged Compassion at Claremont School of Theology. He founded a seminary program in spiritual direction, and served 15 years as a Presbyterian pastor. Current work includes comparative explorations of spiritual practices across religious traditions – and how these practices form lives of engaged compassion. Andrew has co-led workshops on compassion, healing, reconciliation, and restorative justice in Zimbabwe, the US, and the UK. He studied at Wabash College, Oxford, Yale, and the Graduate Theological Union and UC Berkeley. A year at the ecumenical Christian monastery of Taizé and participation in an intentionally Afro-centric activist congregation have significantly shaped his own spiritual life. His book, Living Compassion-Loving Like Jesus, was named one of the “Best Books of 2017” by the website, “Spirituality and Practice.” Andy and his wife have two daughters.

This profile was last updated on January 1, 2020

Mind & Life Connections


2019 Summer Research Institute Session

Interdisciplinary Panel: Translating Neuroscience

Moderators: Andrew Dreitcer, Elissa Epel
Panel: Anil Seth, Clifford Saron, Daniel Siegel, Lawrence Barsalou, Yoona Kang, Norman Farb, Elissa Epel, Andrew Dreitcer

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Education


Think Tanks

Conceptualizing Compassion: A Heuristic Model

Brooke D. Lavelle, Paul Condon, John Dunne

Topics: Compassion & Empathy

2016 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies Session

Practicing the Presence of Compassion: Contemplative Christian Traditions

Andrew Dreitcer

Topics: Compassion & Empathy | Contemplative Wisdom | Mindfulness


2014 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies Session

Concurrent Session 3 – Heartfulness as Mindfulness: Affectivity and Perspective in Abrahamic and Dharmic Traditions

Linda-Susan Beard, Andrew Dreitcer, Brent A. Field, John Makransky, Rabbi Or Rose, Michael Spezio

Topics: Compassion & Empathy | Contemplative Wisdom | Mindfulness