Professor Elizabeth Alexander gave two lectures in Israel in June. She spoke at Tel Aviv University on “Religious Studies and Rabbinics” and Hebrew University of Jerusalem on “The Rabbinic Gendering of Biblical Israel.”

Professor Kevin Hart has been invited to give the Gifford Lectures in Theology at the University of Glasgow in 2020. He will lecture on contemplation in the Judeo-
Christian tradition, paying attention to its theological, philosophical and literary moments.

Professor Michael Allen has received a Course Development Grant from UVa’s Office for Sustainability to design a new course, RELH 3559: Sustainability and Asceticism, which will be offered in the fall of 2018. 

Professor Elizabeth Alexander has received the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute research award for The Rabbinic Gendering of Biblical Israel. 

In his sermon at the royal wedding, the bishop quoted from Marsh’s book, The Beloved Community: How Faith Shapes Social Justice, From the Civil Rights Movement to Today, as he drove home his point that the redemptive power of love can right wrongs, overturn injustice and change the world.

“Someone once said that Jesus began the most revolutionary movement in all of human history,” Curry said, quoting Marsh’s writing. “A movement grounded in the unconditional love of God for the world – a movement mandating people to live that love, and in so doing to change not only their lives, but the very life of the world itself.”

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Professor Vanessa Ochs discusses the power of ritual on the radio program and podcast, Future Tense.

Professor Charles Mathewes’s recorded lectures, “Why Evil Exists,” are featured in a blog post, responding to the question "Why Does Evil Exist? Three Major Theories Help Us Understand,” for The Great Courses Daily/The Teaching Company.

Professor Jalane Schmidt has been named a 2018 Gomes Honoree by Harvard Divinity School for her scholarship, activism, and role in the demonstrations in Charlottesville last year. Learn more about the Gomes Honors and scroll down to read an interview with Professor Schmidt. 

The Arts & Sciences Democracy Initiative will launch this spring with an inaugural democracy lab focusing on Religion, Race, and Global Democracies. Led by Religious Studies professors Martien Halvorson-Taylor and Kurtis Schaeffer, the new project will draw on faculty and graduate students from several Arts & Sciences’ academic departments, including Religious Studies, Politics, History, Carter G. Woodson, and Media Studies, as well as the Jewish Studies program. Find out more here