University College Cork - Study of Religions
Fieldwork in India, Summer 2014

Fieldwork in India, Summer 2014



My research interests are wide and varied, but for my MA dissertation I am researching indigenous Christianity in Japan. More specifically, I am researching the Makuya and the Mukyokai in contemporary Japan. I am hoping that my research will help show how these groups were able to take a religious tradition historically dominated by Western ecclesiasticism and reclaim it as a Japanese religious tradition. 


  • Studied religious groups on location in: Ireland, Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Jordan, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, the UK 
  • Studied Catholic and Lutheran theology
  • Significant study in Zen Buddhism
  • Graduated from Luther College with a BA in Religion, Spring 2013
  • Accepted into MA in Contemporary Religions at University College Cork
  • Presented "The Indigenization of Christianity in Japan: The Mukyokai and Makuya" at the Asian Summer School in Vosu, Estonia. July 2014
  • Presented "The Deconstruction of Christianity: The Mukyokai" at the Marginalized and Endangered Worldview Study Center (MEWSC) Conference at the University of Tartu, Estonia. July 2014
  • Submitted MA Dissertation titled "The Indigenization of Christianity in Japan: The Mukyokai and the Makuya." September, 2014