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REL Department Head at Conference in Scotland

Dr. Stephen Berkwitz, Department Head in Religious Studies, giving a talk at the University of Edinburgh Divinity School, Scotland
Dr. Stephen Berkwitz, Department Head in Religious Studies, giving a talk at the University of Edinburgh Divinity School, Scotland

Stephen C. Berkwitz, Department Head of Religious Studies, recently presented two talks at the University of Edinburgh Divinity School. He gave a university lecture on Buddhism in modernity and then, on the following day, he gave a keynote lecture on vernacular religious culture in Sri Lanka at the 40th Annual Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions. The Spalding Symposium, which lasted three days, brought together scholars and a handful of graduate students from around the United Kingdom to present and discuss research being done on various aspects of Indian religions.

 

 

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Upcoming Events!

by Jane Terry

Lots of events in the next few weeks of interest to Religious Studies (and all) students, as well as some events open to the community!

Next Monday, 13 April, 7:00 p.m., Imam Lahmudin Lahmuddin, of the Islamic Society of Joplin, will give a talk at South Street Christian Church, 500 South Avenue, Springfield and hosted by the Interfaith Alliance of the Ozarks, LINKED, and United Ministries in Higher Education:

Islam Presentation Flyer

Next week is “Better Together Week,” a series of events sponsored by MSU Student Club LINKED, the interfaith dialogue and service club. See their flyer for details:

Better Together Week

 

The Religious Studies Club will host an evening of pizza, career talks, and a video on Tuesday, 21 April, 5:30-7:30 in Strong 256 (student lounge in the Religious Studies Department):

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Ecopalooza, an annual solar-powered concert that takes place on the North Mall of the Missouri State Campus, will be on Friday, 24 April, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. at Missouri State University. Join us for a day filled with live music, educational exhibits, games, and a lot of fun!  See the event’s Facebook page here!

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REL Major Chosen April 2015 Public Affairs Student Spotlight!

by Jane Terry

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Samantha Nichols, top right, creator of Linked, the MSU student organization for interfaith dialogue and service

 

Samantha Nichols, senior Religious Studies major, has been selected by the Office of Public Affairs as the April 2015 Public Affairs Student Spotlight.  Ms. Nichols, who created the student organization Linked, an interfaith dialogue and service group, has been active on and off campus organizing events to increase interfaith understanding and build community. After graduation in May she will pursue ordination at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, IL. Congratulations, Samantha!

Click here to read the public affairs spotlight!

 

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Religion in South Asia Conference Friday

by Jane Terry

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Everyone is invited to attend our Religion in South Asia Conference this Friday, 20 March, 9:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m. in PSU 317!  Feel free to attend as many sessions as you like – all are free and open to the public.

Six scholars of South Asian religions, two from MSU (Stephen Berkwitz and Jack Llewellyn) and four from regional universities (Cassie Adcock, Signe Cohen, Deonnie Moodie, and Hamsa Stainton), will share and discuss their individual research and their observations about the field as a whole.

More info here!

 

 

 

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How To Thank a Professor?

by Jane Terry

Jim Moyer Retirement Reception

Dr. Jim Moyer, Religious Studies Professor, former Religious Studies Department Head, Old Testament/Hebrew Bible scholar, and mentor to so many students and faculty – is retiring at the end of this semester!  Our reception for him will be Wednesday, 29 April, 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the PSU Union Club Room 400 on the Missouri State campus.

Many former students have asked us how they could show their appreciation for Jim’s teaching and mentoring.

Jim requested that former students, colleagues, and friends who wish to honor him do so by donating to the Moyer Family Religious Studies Scholarship Fund and – wait for it – Jim will match all donations!

To donate, go here and select the Moyer Family Religious Studies Scholarship. It’s that easy! And your donation will be matched by Jim’s gift, as well.

Thank you, and thanks to Jim for valuing our students for over 45 years!

 

 

 

 

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Festschrift for Drs. Stan and Ruth Burgess at AGTS!

by Jane Terry

 

Drs. Stan and Ruth Burgess (seated), with, from left: Dr. Lois Olena of AGTS' Dr. Eric Newberg; Dr. Byron Klaus (president of AGTS); Fr. Leibrecht (fourth from left), formerly Bishop of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese; Dr. Victor Matthews (fifth from left), Dean of MSU's College of Humanities and Public Affairs and Professor of Religious Studies at MSU; Brad Burgess (son of Stan and Ruth); and Dr. Paul Lewis (AGTS)
Drs. Stan and Ruth Burgess (seated), with, from left: Dr. Lois Olena of AGTS’ Dr. Eric Newberg; Dr. Byron Klaus (president of AGTS); Fr. Leibrecht (fourth from left), formerly Bishop of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese; Dr. Victor Matthews (fifth from left), Dean of MSU’s College of Humanities and Public Affairs and Professor of Religious Studies at MSU; Brad Burgess (son of Stan and Ruth); and Dr. Paul Lewis (AGTS)

Congratulations to Drs. Stan and Ruth Burgess on a recent Festschrift in their honor, co-edited by Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) professor, Lois E. Olena, and Oral Roberts University professor, Eric Newberg!  A reception was held for the Burgesses on Friday, 13 February, at AGTS, attended by several of MSU’s Religious Studies faculty.

Dr. Stan Burgess taught at Evangel University from 1959-1976, as well as at AGTS.  He later taught at (now) MSU for 28 years and served as Department Head in Religious Studies.

Dr. Ruth Burgess taught at both Evangel University as professor of Education and in Psychology at the School of Teacher Education at (now) MSU.

Congratulations, Stan and Ruth!

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