To find out the role religion plays on American college campuses today, Missouri State University’s Dr. John Schmalzbauer and his team of co-researchers are exploring the landscape of campus ministries across the country. A three-year grant of more than $981,000 from Lilly Endowment Inc. has made this project possible. Despite COVID challenges, research work has begun and will … [Read more...] about What does campus religious life look like?
The last time Dr. John Schmalzbauer participated in a study of campus ministries was from 2004-2008, when he worked on a project directed by Dr. Betty DeBerg at the University of Northern Iowa. At that time, the Great Recession had not taken full effect, undergraduate students didn’t have access to widespread social media and religious “nones” didn’t outnumber evangelicals. But … [Read more...] about Campus ministry: What’s changed over the decade?
While some stress is good for you, too much of it for too long will harm your physical, mental and emotional health. There are several helpful ways to relieve stress, such as yoga and meditation. Dr. Stephen Berkwitz is the department head of religious studies at Missouri State University, with expertise in South Asian religions and culture. He offers some insights about yoga … [Read more...] about Relieve your stress with yoga and meditation
Kathryn Kuhlman was a charismatic healing evangelist. Her ministry spanned several decades from the 1940s-1970s. Dr. Amy Artman, religious studies instructor at Missouri State University, wrote a biography about Kuhlman titled, “The Miracle Lady: Kathryn Kuhlman and the Transformation of Charismatic Christianity.” Recently, Christianity Today reviewed … [Read more...] about Who was Kathryn Kuhlman?
The department of religious studies at Missouri State University turns 50 this year. Created in 1969, the department is the oldest and largest department of its kind in a public university in Missouri. It offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Stephen Berkwitz, professor and department head of religious studies at MSU, highlights the department, its achievements … [Read more...] about Promoting the study of religion for 50 years