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MSU REL Alumnus Unearths Rare Find!

by Jane Terry
We are proud to announce a rare find from Missouri State University Religious Studies M.A. alumnus, Jared Chatfield, who is on a dig in Gezer this summer!  On Friday Jared unearthed a sunken storage vessel, a whole, Iron I vessel with two handles, and with several grinding stones inside.  The contents, some fine and dark soil, were collected to be studied.  The vessel was probably used for storage of grain in antiquity – a rare find!  (Thanks, Jared, for the photos!)
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Looking for a job? Research Skills Required!

by Jane Terry

books and laptop

 

Religious Studies students and graduates:

It is well-known that employers value employees who think critically, communicate effectively, and understand diverse cultures. What may surprise people is that employers also want college graduates to be good researchers, and Religious Studies graduates excel in research!

Here is the article: http://chronicle.com/article/At-Sea-in-a-Deluge-of-Data/147477/

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Opportunity for Students this Summer!

by Jane Terry

LINKED logo

Linked, Missouri State’s Interfaith Dialogue and Service Club, is sending a group of students to the Interfaith Youth Core’s Interfaith Leadership Institute in Chicago from August 10-August 12. We need to send a group of at least four to get a really great discount and, of course, the more students we send to represent the interfaith movement at Missouri State, the stronger our organization will be when the year begins. Thanks to a generous offer from United Ministries in Higher Education, the bulk of all costs will be covered. By generous I mean you pay $50 and chip in some gas money for a carpool with your tuition and lodging covered.

We need another student and would love to see more students from Missouri State getting involved with Linked. Contact Samantha (Nichols011@live.missouristate.edu) to learn more about the ILI itself (it’s amazing), Linked, and this opportunity!  

https://www.facebook.com/LinkedMSU

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REL Student Wins Award at Interdisciplinary Forum

by Jane Terry

Religious Studies graduate student Steven Fouse
Religious Studies graduate student Steven Fouse

Congratulations to Religious Studies graduate student, Steven Fouse, on winning an award for his oral presentation Saturday at the MSU Graduate College Interdisciplinary Forum for his paper, “Going Nowhere Fast: Spiritual but Not Religious Metaphysicals, Spiritual Pluralists, and Free-Range Christians.”  Other Religious Studies graduate students also presented at the forum: Harrison King, Kimberley Pingatore, and Michael Bohlen.

Inspired?  The Graduate College hosts the interdisciplinary forum each spring to highlight graduate student research activities across the academic disciplines.  Check out their website for more information!

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FREE Admission to Passages Exhibit for REL Majors, Minors, & Grad Students!

 

Codex Climaci Rescriptus, 6th – 9th century AD. The Codex Climaci Rescriptus is a palimpsest—a manuscript from which  the text has been scraped away or washed off, and the pages used again. Underneath the top layer of writing, which contains a 9th-century monastic text in Syriac, are portions of ancient Biblical manuscripts written in 6th-7th century Greek and  6th-century Christian Palestinian Aramaic. This manuscript, based on an original text which may date from the 4th century,  is the world’s largest corpus of Christian Palestinian Aramaic, the dialect that would have been closest to Jesus’  household language.
Codex Climaci Rescriptus, 6th – 9th century AD. The Codex Climaci Rescriptus is a palimpsest—a manuscript from which the text has been scraped away or washed off, and the pages used again. Underneath the top layer of writing, which contains a 9th-century monastic text in Syriac, are portions of ancient Biblical manuscripts written in 6th-7th century Greek and 6th-century Christian Palestinian Aramaic. This manuscript, based on an original text which may date from the 4th century, is the world’s largest corpus of Christian Palestinian Aramaic, the dialect that would have been closest to Jesus’ household language.

 

Join us Wednesday, May 7, 3:00-6:00 p.m. to see

Passages: Treasures of the Bible

Admission is FREE for Religious Studies majors, minors, and graduate students.

We’ll meet at the exhibit at 3:00 (click here for directions)

Please let Jane know if you plan to attend:

JaneTerry@missouristate.edu, 836-5514

Click here for more about Passages!

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Interfaith Vigil Planned for April 29!

KC Jewish Community Center

 

People of all religious and non-religious traditions are invited to an

Interfaith Vigil

to honor the victims of the hate crimes perpetrated in Kansas City and demonstrate the power of interfaith cooperation and compassion

Tuesday, April 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

at National Avenue Christian Church

1515 South National Avenue, Springfield, MO

Click here for more info!

Sponsored by MSU’s LINKED and Hillel student clubs, and the Interfaith Alliance of the Ozarks

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Religious Studies M.A. Student Has Her Choice of Ph.D. Programs

Religious Studies M.A. student Sarah Riccardi with her NYU mug!
Religious Studies M.A. student Sarah Riccardi with her NYU mug!

 

Sarah A. Riccardi, who is graduating this May with her M.A. in Religious Studies, was accepted into six Ph.D programs (including a Fulbright to St. Andrews in Scotland!) and has accepted an offer to complete a Ph.D in Sociocultural Anthropology at New York University. In additional to being a MacCraken Fellow, Sarah is also the recipient of the Dean’s Fellowship and a member of the Opportunity Fellowship Program. Her current and future work deals with identity and sensory cultures in American Eastern Orthodox communities.

Sarah graduated with a B.A. in Religious Studies (Honors College) as an Accelerated Masters student and worked as a Graduate Assistant for Dr. Jim Moyer.

Congratulations to Sarah on her many awards and opportunities and for choosing NYU!

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Interactive Bible Exhibit Coming to Springfield!

by Jane Terry

The exhibit includes a replica of the Geneva Chapel from the mid-1500s.  Visitors can sit in the pews and learn about the Geneva Bible, an early English translation of the Bible that predates the King James translation.
The exhibit includes a replica of the Geneva Chapel from the mid-1500s. Visitors can sit in the pews and learn about the Geneva Bible, an early English translation of the Bible that predates the King James translation.

 

Passages, an Interactive Bible Exhibit, will be in Springfield, MO beginning 12 April 2014 – 3 January 2015 at 3534 East Sunshine Street.  Although not affiliated with MSU’s Religious Studies department, this sounds like a worthwhile exhibit for anyone interested in biblical studies, religion, or just western civilization in general.

Our Religious Studies major and KSMU intern, Samantha Nichols, reports on the exhibit here.

The exhibit organizers have created a Facebook page and informative webpage.

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