2018 Annual Meeting, Nov 17-20

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Annual Meeting! Plan to join your colleagues in Denver November 17-20. More info to come soon!

Member Notes

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Awards and Accomplishments

Phillis Isabella Sheppard, Vanderbilt University Divinity School

Awarded a Louisvile Institute Project Grant for Researchers for the project "This is My Calling: An Ethnography of Black Women's Vocational Formation."

First, this project seeks to bring to light the process of vocational identity formation of black women (ages 18-75), and the relationship between race, gender, and religion in the process. Second, the project seeks to contribute to existing scholarship through a conference at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Five womanist pastoral/practical theologians ethnographers and five religious leaders/pastors will be invited as panelists to respond to the implications of the findings.

Books and Major Publications

Marie W. Dallam, University of Oklahoma

Cowboy Christians, Oxford University Press, 2018. Cowboy Christians examines the long history of cowboy Christianity in the American West, with a focus on the present-day cowboy church movement. Based on five years of historical and sociological fieldwork in cowboy Christian communities, this book draws on interviews with leaders of cowboy churches, traveling rodeo ministries, and chaplains who serve horse-racing and bull-riding communities, along with the author’s first-hand experiences as a participant observer.  

D. Etienne De Villiers, University of Pretoria

Revisiting Max Weber's Ethic of Responsibility, Mohr Siebeck, 2018. To what extent could Max Weber’s ethic of responsibility serve as a model for us today? An adequate answer to this question could only be given on the basis of a satisfactory interpretation and thorough assessment of his ethic of responsibility. In this monograph, Etienne de Villiers sets himself the task of doing just that. He establishes that, in spite of serious shortcomings, Weber’s ethic points to the contemporary need for an ethic of responsibility as a second-level normative ethical approach that would address the undermining effect of modernisation on ethical living.

Timothy Lim, London School of Theology

Faith in an Age of TerrorPhilip Satterthwaite and Tze-Ming Quek, eds., Genesis/Armour, 2017. The nine essays in this multi-disciplinary volume focus on issues pertaining to terror and religious beliefs, with insights from the social sciences, biblical studies, pastoral theology, inter-religious dialogue and public theology. The essays raise questions on the roots of violent human behaviour, violence and religious fundamentalism, religious violence in the Bible and the Quran, and the pursuit of inter-religious dialogue. The volume hopes to spur further reflection, prayer and action.

Sonja Luehrmann, Simon Fraser University

Praying with the Senses: Contemporary Orthodox Christian Spirituality in Practice, Indiana University Press, 2018. How do people experience spirituality through what they see, hear, touch, and smell? Luehrmann and an international group of scholars assess how sensory experience shapes prayer and ritual among Eastern Orthodox Christians. Touching upon the use of icons in the age of digital media, the impact of Facebook on prayer, and the implications of praying using recordings and loudspeakers, these essays present a sophisticated overview of the Eastern Orthodox world. They reveal prayer as a dynamic phenomenon in the devotional lives of Eastern Orthodox believers across Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.

Heather White, University of Puget Sound

Devotions and Desires: Histories of Sexuality and Religion in the Twentieth Century United States, University of North Carolina Press, 2018. Edited by Bethany Moreton, Gillian Frank, and Heather White. Contributors to this volume show that religion played a central role in the history of sexuality in the United States, shaping sexual politics, communities, and identities.The volume gathers original essays by Rebecca T. Alpert and Jacob J. Staub, John D'Emilio, Rebecca L. Davis, Lynne Gerber, Andrea R. Jain, Kathi Kern, Rachel Kranson, James P. McCartin, Samira K. Mehta, Daniel Rivers, Whitney Strub, Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci, Judith Weisenfeld, and Neil J. Young.

Laurel Zwissler, Central Michigan University

Religious, Feminist, Activist: Cosmologies of Interconnection, Anthropology of Contemporary North America Series, University of Nebraska Press, 2018. This book investigates women who understand their social-justice activism as religiously motivated. Placing these activists in historical context as faith-based advocates for social change, Zwissler discusses what their activities reveal about the public significance of religion in the pluralistic context of North America and in our increasingly globalized world, uncovering radically different views of religious and political expression and illuminating how individuals and their communities negotiate personal identity, spirituality, and political responsibility.