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Faculty in the News


Prof. Scott Thumma was quoted in a Religion News Service article on the “Slow Church” movement that was picked up by various newspapers, including The Washington Post. The movement is based on a book advocating that churches take a similar approach to the slow food movement. In the article, Prof. Thumma said the “Slow Church” approach isn’t like to work for most churches. “We’d all like to have a slow-cooked, three-hour meal, with locally grown produce,” he said. “But few of us have the time or money for it.” He was also cited in an article in Charismanews.com titled “Too Many So-Called Christians Merely Giving Lip Service to Jesus.” In it, the author quotes the book The Other 80 Percent, written by Prof. Thumma and Warren Bird. 

Prof. Lucinda Mosher will be one of seven scholars from Turkey, the UK, and the U.S. who will be meeting at Virginia Theological Seminary on March 20 and 21 for a round-table conversation on future trends in the study of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi — a major Turkish spiritual leader during the first half of the 20th century. Nursi, considered one of the most influential Muslim theologians of the modern period, urged unity between Muslim and Christian believers.

Prof. Yehezkel Landau will lead a course on March 13 and 14 for the Capital Region Theological Center on “Finding Sacred Common Ground” at Congregation Gates of Heaven in Schenectady, N.Y.. Prof. Landau also wrote an article that appeared in the Times Union in advance of his appearance. “The Power of Interfaith Alliance” describes the many reasons Americans should overcome fears of religions with which they are not familiar. “At a time when religion is too often hijacked by extremists or manipulated by politicians, we need to find ways of tapping the healing power latent in all our religious traditions,” he wrote.

Prof. Scott Thumma was quoted in an article in the Kansas City Star on a megachurch that is expanding:  “You don’t see many of the megachurches putting up larger buildings,” said sociologist Scott Thumma of the Hartford Institute. “You see them spinning off to other, smaller locations.” As membership expands or contracts through the decades, large congregations can adjust by opening or closing satellite churches. Perhaps the greatest worry for any church erecting a sanctuary for the century, Thumma said, is the volatility that can occur with a change in leadership. “There are a number of empty megachurches around that were unable to replace a popular leader,” he said.

Prof. Lucinda Mosher is in Atlanta to take part in the annual meeting of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes. She will be one of the authors featured at a booksigning event at the Cathedral of St Philip. On March 1, she will be one of the panelists discussing “Fresh Trends in Episcopal Theology for the 21st Century.”

Academic Dean Uriah Kim‘s essay “More to the Eye Than Meets the Eye,” was published in Biblical InterpretationStudents can read this article about the story of Samson via the Hartford Seminary library, which subscribes to this journal.

Two of Prof. Najib Awad‘s academic essays have recently been published in peer-reviewed journals: “Religio-phobia: Western Islam, Social Integration and the Resurgence of Religiosity in Europe,” in The Muslim World, 103(4), 2014, 433-447 and “At the Dawn of ‘Practice’, or Re-Thinking the Nature and Role of Theology and Doctrine in the Church,” in Journal of Reformed Theology, 8(1), 2014, 3-34.

On Feb. 9, Prof. Lucinda Mosher was the presenter for the Adult Forum at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church (NYC). Her topic was “‘Torch-Woman’ and ‘She Who Asks “Where Is the Prince?’: A Fresh Look at Deborah and Jezebel.” Prof. Mosher also recently had an essay published in the Winter 2014 issue of the Anglican Theological Review. It can be viewed at this link by clicking on the blue and white snowflake icon, then the title:  “The Episcopal Church and Religious Manyness: Steps Toward a Theology.”

Between February 20-22, Prof. Najib Awad will participate in a conference held in Erlangen-Nuremberg University, Germany. The title is “Exegetical Crossroads: Understanding Scripture in Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the Medieval Orient.” He will read a paper titled ” ‘Min al-’Aql wa-laysa min al-kutub’: Scriptural Evidentiality, Rational Verification and Theodore Abu Qurrah’s Apologetic Epistemology.”

Over the Winter break, Prof. Feryal Salem conducted a Three-Day Women’s Fiqh (Islamic Law) Intensive in Chicago for the “Ink of Scholars Series” sponsored by the Nur Foundation for Sacred Sciences. Prof. Salem has been asked to continue the series quarterly.

During January,  Prof. Yehezkel Landau lectured on religious peacebuilding in Israel/Palestine, and then facilitated conversations, at two churches:  at Christ’s Church in Saxtons River, VT, on Jan. 22, and at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Essex, CT, on Jan. 25.  He also led an interfaith worship service for residents at the Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield on Jan. 26.

Prof. Scott Thumma and research by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research has been quoted in several news articles in January:

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