Professor John Portman's class, "Cultural Catholicism," is featured in a recent story in the univesrity news. 


Charles Marsh, Professor of Religious Studies and director of the Project on Lived Theology, will be featured in the upcoming Virginia Festival of the Book. He will discuss the recent volume, Can I Get a Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community Builders, and Agitators for Faith & Justice, which collects biographical essays on unexpected and underappreciated leaders in struggles for justice and equality. Fri. March 22, 10:00 AM - Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

In "The Long and The Short of Jewish Ritual" at The New York Jewish Week, author Ted Merwin consults Professor Vanessa Ochs on the practice of Jewish ritual in American life. 



The Religion, Race & Democracy Lab has launched its new website

The Lab supports teaching, facilitates research, and produces stories in many forms on religion, race, and democracy. It brings together researchers, students, journalists, and public leaders together to focus on the ways these complex forces are found in and shape our everyday lives.

Stay connected as the Lab continues to add content to its website and prepares to launch its forthcoming podcast, Sacred & Profane, later this spring. 

David Germano (Religious Studies, Contemplative Sciences Center) and Leslie Hubbard (Contemplative Sciences Center) and the course they teach, "The Art and Science of Human Flourishing," were featured in an article in The Chronicle of Higher EducationColleges Teach Students How to Think. Should They Also Teach Them How to Thrive?

Professor Nichole Flores spoke at the 21st annual Ignation Family Teach-In for Justice on Nov. 4 in Washington D.C. Known as the largest annual Catholic social justice gathering in the U.S., the Teach-In attracts attendees from over 135 Jesuit and other Catholic universities, high schools, and parishes in the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico, Spain, and El Salvador. While all ages are represented at the event, the majority of attendees are ages 16-22.

Professor Larycia Hawkins is the subject of a film documentary, "Same God," which premiered at the LA Film Festival in September. The film tells the story of Hawkins' experience as a tenured professor at Wheaton College. Hawkins lost her job after weaing a hijab in solidarity with Muslims and voicing her belief that Christians and Muslims worship the same god. The Chicago Tribune reviewed the film in advance of its screening in Chicago: Film explores controversy over ex-Wheaton College prof who wore hijab to support Muslims

Professor Charles Marsh and John Perkins (Voice of Calvary Ministries) have published Welcoming Justice: God's Movement Toward Beloved Community, Expanded Edition (2018, IVP Books). An excerpt was published in Outreach MagazineWhy We Have Reason to Hope for Reconciliation.

On September 15 in Old Cabell Hall, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) discussed the role religion should play in public life and how issues of faith, morality, values, and community relate to political movements on both sides of the aisle. He explored where compassion and ethics fit into national political debates, and how this might help to bridge a deeply divided electorate. 

This event was co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion, and the Contemplative Sciences Center. Senator Kaine was joined on stage by Religious Studies faculty members David Germano, Charles Mathewes, and Larycia Hawkins. 

Read more about the event in this article published by The Daily Progress, Charlottesville's local newspaper.  

Tim Kaine was first elected to office in 1994, serving as a city council member and four years later, mayor of Richmond. He was elected to the Senate in 2012. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, a senator from one of the states most closely connected to the military, and the father of a Marine, Senator Kaine is focused on crafting smart defense strategy and reducing the risk of unnecessary war. He believes that health care is a right and has consistently pushed for reforms to expand access to quality care. Serving as Virginia governor, Senator Kaine improved the education and health care systems, and by the end of his term, leading publications ranked Virginia the best state to raise a child and the best state for business.

Senator Kaine grew up working in his father’s ironworking shop in Kansas City. After graduating from the University of Missouri, he started his public service career by running a technical school founded by Jesuit missionaries in Honduras, training teenagers to become carpenters and welders, equipping them with skills to lift up themselves and their communities. As Senator Kaine says, his work in Honduras was “a North Star” that led to his commitment to advance job opportunities for everyone. His time there reinforced three core values that are still a central part of his life today: fè, familia, y trabajo—“faith, family, and work.”