News, Research, Calls for Papers and Events from the University of Missouri’s Center on Religion & the Professions (CORP) March 17, 2009
CORP EVENTS April 2 Film Series: “Spirituality & Health” Free. “Swimming in Auschwitz: Survival Stories of Six Women,” chronicles the families, faith and spiritual stories of six women deported to the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during the Holocaust. Discussion led by Dr. Brick Johnstone, MU professor of health psychology and head of CORP’s Spirituality & Health research team. Wrench Auditorium, South Memorial Union, 7 p.m.
April 7 Lecture and Book Signing: “Losing My Religion” by William Lobdell, former Los Angeles Times reporter and editor. Lobdell covered religion at the Times for eight years, reporting on such stories as the Roman Catholic clergy abuse crisis. In 2007, he wrote a column revealing that his experience with religion as a journalist caused him to lose his Christian faith. His memoir, “Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America – and Found Unexpected Peace,” was published in 2009. Free. Fred W. Smith Forum, Reynolds Journalism Institute, Missouri School of Journalism, 7-9 p.m.
April 11 Conversation: “Prayer and Your Profession.” Do you pray at work? Hear from those for whom prayer is part of daily practice, including in their professions. Find out what it means for them to be able to pray at work and how it relates to their professions. Free. Part of the “Sects and the City: Coffee and Conversation on the Intersection of Faith and Life” series. The Cherry Street Artisan, 111 S. 9th St., Columbia, 11 a.m.-noon.
CORP NEWS Director Interviewed: CORP Director Debra L. Mason was interviewed about technology use by churches for an article, “PTL*: Praise the Lord, Local church invites prayer requests via text message,” in the Columbia Daily Tribune on March 7, 2009. Mason provided information about the role of technology in churches and faith outreach, types of technology and trends.
Research Published: Religion and health research conducted by CORP-affiliated researchers has been published in the Missouri Medicine Quarterly. The article, “Spirituality, Religion and Health Outcomes Research: Findings from the Center on Religion and the Professions,” was authored by Dr. Brick Johnstone, head of CORP’s Spirituality and Health research team. The issue comes out in March 2009.
New Resources Online: CORP has added new resources to its Web site, including links to codes of ethics and conduct for 41 disciplines taught at MU; and to more than 60 religious organizations at MU. The Web site now also includes a newly launched feature on ways to donate to the Center.
New Course: CORP and affiliates have developed a new course, “Religious Literacy for the Public and Professions” (Religious Studies 3100) that will be taught online in Summer 2009 through MU Extension’s Center for Distance and Independent Learning. The course provides practical knowledge about religion as it is encountered in the professional world in a pluralistic society. For information, call 882-9257.
CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY EVENTS March 26 Lecture: “Matters of Life and Death,” by Thomas Lynch, funeral director, noted speaker and author of books such as “The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade.” Part of the President’s Lecture Series at William Woods University. Cutlip Auditorium, William Woods University, Fulton, 7 p.m.
April 2 Lecture: “From Transience to Transcendence: The Psychological Impact of Awareness of Mortality on Human Conflict, Aggression and Peaceful Co-Existence,” by Jamie Arndt, associate professor in MU’s Department of Psychological Sciences. Overview of how human aggression and conflict can be understood, in part, as responses to the existential predicament of the human condition. Part of the 2009 Distinguished Lecture Series in Psychological Sciences, sponsored by the MU Department of Psychological Sciences and MU College of Arts and Sciences. Ketchum Auditorium, Laferre Hall, 3:30-5 p.m.
April 3 Brownbag Lecture: “The Mystery of the Resurrection: An Eastern Perspective,” sponsored by the MU Christian Scholars’ Forum. Fellowship, presentation and discussion; bring lunch. N243 Memorial Union, noon-1 p.m.
April 3-5 Retreat: Insight Meditation, led by Gina Sharpe, New York City Insight founder and visiting teacher at Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock. Featuring meditation, inquiry and conferences with teachers, focusing on awakening of wisdom and compassion and their manifestation in everyday life. Sponsored by Show Me Dharma. Sliding scale, $55-$100. Location to be announced. The non-residential retreat runs 7-9 p.m. April 3; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 4; and 8 a.m.-noon April 5.
April 4 Training: Diversity Train the Trainers, a program to instruct participants on diversity exploration activities. Sponsored by the MU Multicultural Center. Free. For more information, call (573) 882-7152. Gaines-Oldham Black Culture Center, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
April 8 Film: “For the Bible Tells Me So,” an exploration of how people and families of faith address having a gay child. Sponsored by the MSA/GPC Films Committee. Free. Wrench Auditorium, South Memorial Union, 8 p.m.
April 14 Dinner: Social Justice Seder, an interfaith event honoring the Jewish liberation story of Passover and celebrating struggles for freedom. The meal is kosher for Passover and is vegetarian. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the MU Women’s Center, Hillel, the Jewish Student Organization, the Multicultural Center, and the LGBT Resource Center. For more information, contact Struby at email@example.com or (573) 882-6549. Location to be announced, 6 p.m.
April 20 Lecture: “Muslims and the Secular State: Dynamics of Majority/Minority Situations” by Abdullahi An-Naim, director of the Religion and Human Rights Program of Emory University School of Law’s Law and Religion Program. An-Naim, who is from Sudan, is an internationally recognized scholar on Islam and human rights, religion and human rights, Islamic law and criminal law. Sponsored by the MU Department of Religious Studies. 114 MU Physics Building, 7 p.m.
CONFERENCES April 29 Seminar: “Living with Grief: Diversity and End-of-life Care,” a teleconference seminar focusing on understanding diversity and how cultural histories, traditions and beliefs can affect end-of-life care. Moderated by Frank Sesno, CNN special correspondent and professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University. Hosted by the MU Center for Health Ethics. Continuing education credit available. Deadline to register is April 3. For more information, contact Allison Farris at (573) 882-2738. $30 ($20 for students). MU Old Alumni Center, 1105 Carrie Francke Drive, Columbia, noon-4 p.m.
CALLS FOR PAPERS March 31 Deadline: Nida School for Translation Studies, a program of the E.A. Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship at the American Bible Society, aimed at supporting advanced training and research into translation studies. Theme is “Translation and Culture.” Conference to be held Sept. 7-9, 2009, in Rimini, Italy. For details, visit http://www.nidainstitute.org/TheNidaSchool/NidaSchool2009.dsp .
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