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