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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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Dr. Craig Keener to Speak at MSU!

by Jane Terry

Dr. Craig Keener, Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, will speak at Missouri State University Thursday, February 5, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Carrington 208 on “New Testament Miracles: Are They Historically Plausible?”

Everyone is invited to this free event!  Please see the flyer for more info.

This event is co-sponsored by Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and Missouri State University Religious Studies Department as part of the Stanley M. Horton Lectureship Series.

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Leslie Baynes to Lead Screwtape Study

by Jane Terry

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Dr. Leslie Baynes

Screwtape Letters: A Short Study

Dr. Leslie Baynes, Associate Professor in Religious Studies, will lead a study this winter on C. S. Lewis’ book, The Screwtape Letters, at First and Calvary Church (820 E. Cherry St., by the Missouri State campus), Room 020, on Wednesday evenings, 6:15-7:15 p.m., on 21 January and 4, 11, and 25 February.

The sessions are free and open to the public.

Dinner will be served from 5:00-6:00 p.m. before the study and there is no cost for college students!

For more information, contact First & Calvary Presbyterian Church or Dr. Leslie Baynes.

Screwtape Letters with Leslie Baynes

 

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Religious Studies Major Wins Citizen Scholar Award!

by Jane Terry

Samantha Nichols with her Citizen Scholar award
Samantha Nichols with her Citizen Scholar award

Congratulations to Religious Studies major and Ozark Studies minor, Samantha Nichols, on being one of the six winners of the MSU Board of Governors Citizen Scholar Award, 2014-2015 Recipients! Attending the award breakfast on December 12, 2014, were the nominators of the winners, including Samantha’s nominator, Dr. Stephen Berkwitz, REL Department Head, as well as MSU President Clif Smart, the Board of Governors, Citizen Scholars’ guests, and others.

Samantha Nichols, right, with Dr. Stephen Berkwitz, Religious Studies department head and the professor who nominated Samantha for the award
Samantha Nichols, right, with Dr. Stephen Berkwitz, Religious Studies department head and the professor who nominated Samantha for the award
Samantha Nichols, center, with her parents, Joel and Jessica Nichols
Samantha Nichols, center, with her parents, Joel and Jessica Nichols

In the  nomination, Dr. Berkwitz wrote, “I believe her contributions to the Department of Religious Studies and Missouri State University as a whole will still be felt long after she graduates. The projects and organizations that she has launched address important issues and challenges that face our community. She is an outstanding young woman whose tremendous stores of intellect, energy, and compassion enable her to make a positive difference on our campus and throughout the Springfield region.”

The Citizen Scholar Award was initiated in 2007 as a special Board of Governors program to recognize outstanding citizen scholars at Missouri State University for their stellar achievements with academics, community engagement, and leadership.

For more information on the award and how to nominate students for the next cohort, please see http://studentaffairs.missouristate.edu/citizenscholaraward.htm.

All photos by Kevin White, MSU Photographic Services.

 

 

 

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New Internship Opportunity for Spring 2015

by Jane Terry

Religious Studies majors and minors are encouraged to apply for a spring 2015 internship with Ambassadors for Children, a service agency of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, dedicated to supporting abused and neglected children and youth in our community.

For more details about the internship and how to apply, see www.missouristate.edu/relst/AmbassadorsforChildren.htm.

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