Arvid Straube

Affiliated Faculty
D.D., Meadville Lombard Theological School
D.Min., Meadville Lombard Theological School
M.A., University of Chicago Divinity School
B.A., Ball State University

“Meadville Lombard has a brilliant and passionately committed faculty that is truly collaborative.”

Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube has been a parish minister for 33 years before retiring to devote himself to teaching, and to a ministry of spiritual direction.  He has served congregations in Washington State, North Carolina and California. While he served the Eno River UU Fellowship in Durham, N.C. for 21 years, the congregation grew from 175-725 members. Dr. Straube has relished the role of mentor and teacher and has mentored 16 interns in his career.  He has been an adjunct faculty member at Duke Divinity School and Starr King School for the Ministry. 

Dr. Straube has been practicing Buddhist meditation since his Meadville days and teaching meditation has always been a part of his ministry. He trained in spiritual direction at the Shalem Institute with its founding faculty.  Dr. Straube’s main academic interests have been Buddhism and the contemplative traditions of humanity.  He has a passion for the potential for contemplative practice to transform lives, communities and societies.  His Doctor of Ministry studies focused on the inseparability of spiritual and social action and this has been a focus of his ministry ever since. 

Under Dr. Straube’s leadership, the San Diego congregation established UUs of the South Bay, a second bi-lingual campus dedicated to justice work near the border with Mexico.

What is your message to a prospective student?

“No other school that I know of has the combination of a UU context, deep academic grounding integrated with practical experience, and a commitment to preparing students for the present and the future and not the past.”

What do you like about working for MLTS?

“MLTS has a brilliant and passionately committed faculty that is truly collaborative.”