Religious Studies director, Prof. Laurie Maffly-Kipp, will be a Visiting Scholar at the University of Auckland from March 13th to 27th. During her two week visit, she will be visiting classes as well as meeting with students and faculty. The visit will conclude with Prof. Maffly-Kipp participating in a public symposium titled “Resistance and Innovation: Empire and Native Christianity in the Pacific.” The symposium brings together twenty scholars of Christianity from New Zealand and international institutions who represent a variety of disciplines to examine the cultural dynamics of the interaction between native peoples and transplanted Christian churches in the Pacific region. In Christian communities ranging from the Congregational Christians Church Samoa to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) there is a dynamic tension between centralized and localized religious culture. This has created forms of lived religion both distinctively rooted in native culture and intimately linked to wider transnational networks of Christian communities, personalities, texts, and symbols. The exploration of this topic will culminate with a public panel, featuring Prof. Maffly-Kipp, titled “Does Christ have a culture? Christianity, colonialism, and the Pacific.”
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From the Newsletter: A Word from the Director
The study of religion has never been as critical as it is today. With religious intolerance on the rise here and around the world, our goal is to equip students to think critically and deeply about the traditions, practices, and tensions that have shaped the world in which we live. At the same time, the Program in Religious Studies seeks to champion the commitments to diversity, support, and inclusion that Washington University embodies. ...Click here to read more
Prof. Lerone Martin has been awarded the prestigious Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History (ASCH) for his book Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Shaping of Modern African American Religion (New York University Press, 2014). The prize honors outstanding scholarship in religious history by a first-time author.
Congratulations Prof. Lerone Martin!
…if I headed back to college today, I would major in comparative religions rather than political science." - John Kerry, “Religion and Diplomacy”
Religion is a major source of inspiration, meaning, and controversy in human societies. Fast-moving forces of globalization, migration, and technology continue to bring diverse communities into closer proximity, often creating new religious communities in the process. The Religious Studies Program at Washington University gives students the opportunity to learn about diverse religions as well as to study past and current events with a critical but open mind. ...Click here to read more