Michael Kerze... is a native of Los Angeles and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He attended Pierce Community College and UCLA where he received a doctorate in the history of religions and the history of science in 1983. He has taught religious studies at the California State Universities at Los Angeles and Northridge, and at Loyola Marymount University. For five years he directed the Interfaith Center at Occidental College where he was also campus ombudsperson and he has served as an ombudsperson at UC Irvine and UC Los Angeles. He now teaches at Valley College and at St. Monica High School. He pioneered the Catholic teaching component of the Catholic Jewish Educational Enrichment Program sponsored by the American Jewish Committee which began in Los Angeles and is now found nation-wide. As a founding member of the Los Angeles Buddhist Roman Catholic Dialogue he wrote, with the Ven. Karuna Dharma, "An Early Journey: the Los Angeles Buddhist Roman Catholic Dialogue" published in 1991. Since 1996 he has been co-chair of the dialogue. Dr. Kerze has given numerous papers, lectures, and workshops, and has published articles in Epoche and the Encyclopedia of Religions. He is an advisor to the Faiths in the World Committee of the National Association of Diocesean Ecumenical Officers.