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AAR Receives $200,000 Grant from the Luce Foundation for Continuing Summer Seminars in Theologies of Religious Pluralism and Comparative Theology

August 17, 2011

Contact: Stephanie Gray

The AAR is pleased to announce that it has received a $200,000 renewal grant from The Henry Luce Foundation to hold a Cohort Three of the Luce/AAR Summer Seminars in Theologies of Religious Pluralism and Comparative Theology. “This renewal grant from Luce is a vote of confidence in the work of the teaching team and the first two cohorts of Luce/AAR Summer Seminar Fellows who have already been a part of this process,” said John Thatamanil, Project Director of the Summer Seminars and Chair of the AAR Theological Education Steering Committee, which developed these Summer Seminars. “Thanks to the support of the Luce Foundation, we can continue the work of training another cohort of Fellows to incorporate theologies of religious pluralism and comparative theology into their teaching and scholarship.”

Members of the teaching team are convinced that these fields will be substantially enriched by the entry of new voices, especially voices coming from a variety of religious traditions. Said Thatamanil, “It will be exciting to see what becomes of comparative theology and theologies of religious pluralism when these fields become robustly dialogical as persons from a variety of traditions enter a conversation that has to date been predominantly Christian.” The teaching team has from the inception of these Seminars included persons such as John Makransky and Anantanand Rambachan, who are pioneers in developing Buddhist and Hindu theologies of religious pluralism.

Dates and application procedures for Cohort Three will be published shortly on the AAR website and in Religious Studies News.