Thursday, April 19, 2018

Religion Honors Society Inducts New Members

On April 18, Ashland's Alpha Kappa Delta chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national Religion and Theology Honor Society, inducted seven new members: Chad Buckel, Lydia Heckert, Amanda Janecek, Tyler McFarland, Levi Sprowls, Will Summers, Michaela Teague.
All of the inductees had at least a 3.5 GPA in Religion and a 3.0 GPA overall.
Congratulations to the new ThAKers!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Dr. Slade preacher at 50th anniversary of MLK's assassination (audio)

Dr. Peter Slade delivered a sermon, "Prayer and Justice", at the community chapel service in AU's Lower Chapel on April 4 to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination. 

The chapel service was one of a series of events at Ashland University marking the anniversary. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

"Last Lecture": Love Over Fear

Rev Seth Wispelwey was the guest speaker at this year's "Last Lecture" on April 18. The "Last Lecture" is an invitation for a speaker to address the graduating class of Religion majors as if it were their last time to do so.

Wispelwey is a grassroots organizer, educator, nonprofit consultant, and pastor. He works for Restoration Village Arts in Charlottesville, Va. An ordained minister with the United Church of Christ, Seth holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College. In July 2017, Seth was one of the organizers of Congregate C'ville, which issued a call for clergy and faith leaders to come to Charlottesville to confront the national white supremacist rally that was held in the city on August 12. Peter Slade, chair of the religion department, said, "We believe Seth will have an important message for our students and his life experience will connect with their own. His commitment to nonviolence resonates with our Brethren heritage here at Ashland University."

For more on Seth Wispelwey and the movement of clergy in Charlottesville, read this article published by the World Council of Churches. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Religion Classes for Fall 2018

REL106 Exploring the Bible - (M,W, F, 10,12, 1, 2; T,Th, 9:25, 10:50,12) - core: Religion
There is a reason it is a best seller -- take this class and find out why for yourself.

REL107 Exploring World Religions -  (M,W, F, 11; T,Th, 9:25, 10:50, 12:15
and two sections online - core: Religion

REL109 Exploring Christian Ethics - Two sections (M,W,F, 12 & 1) with Dr. Hovey. core: Religion
Start thinking about the BIG ISSUES--immigration, homosexuality, justice, war, abortion, love-- in this essential class for sentient beings. 

REL208 Exploring Christian Theology (T,Th: 9:25) with Dr. Hovey
An introduction to central doctrines of the Christian faith that is both respectful of classic theological traditions and open to the new voices and emphases of recent theologies.  A required course for religion majors and one of the best ways to start loving God with your mind at AU.

REL232 History of Modern Christianity (T,Th: 10:50) with Dr. Slade 
core: Humanities (pending approval)
Starting in the 17th century, Dr Slade will lead a jaunt through modern history considering how Christianity shaped and was shaped by the modern world. There will be pilgrims, missionaries, Nazis, Communists, revolutionaries, snake handlers, scientists, philosophers, abolitionists, saints, and sinners. This is an important class if you want to think about what it means (and should mean) to be a Christian today.

REL250 Understanding Islam (T, Th: 1:40)  core: Humanities and Critical Cultural Inquiry (CCI).
This is an event of a class. Team taught by Dr. Aune and Dr Ajwa, learn about the second largest (and most misunderstood) monotheistic religion in the world. 

REL304 Advanced Old Testament (T,Th: 12:15) with Dr. Dickson
Dig deep into key texts from the law, prophets and writings in the book that never gets old! 

REL497 Religion Thesis Seminar (M,W: 3-4:20) with Dr. Aune
Write a 30 page thesis in one semester on a (religious) subject of your choice. This is a required class for religion majors BUT it is also a great elective for everyone else.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Public Lecture on Churches and Civil Rights Movement in Cleveland

“A Disgrace to the White Race”

Bruce Klunder, White Clergy, and the Civil Rights Movement in Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Carolyn Dupont (Eastern Kentucky University)
Schar College of Education, Ronk Lecture Hall (Room 138)
February 13, 10:50-12:05

Historian Carolyn Dupont, author of Mississippi Praying: Southern White Evangelicals and the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1975, presents her fascinating research into the involvement of white churches in the civil rights movement in Cleveland. This story, by turn tragic and inspiring, is a forgotten part of Ohio's history.

This public lecture is offered in conjunction with Dr. Peter Slade's course REL340 Religion and the Civil Rights Movement and is made possible by a teaching and learning mini-grant awarded by Ashland University's Professional Development Committee

Student Visit to Orthodox Monastery

St. Nicholas Day Observance—5 December 2017
by Logan Alexander (Religion Major '18)

   St. Gregory Palamas Monastery. Leaving the warmth of our vehicles for the brisk winter air, we made our way to the Sunset was nearly complete when our small entourage entered the driveway of wooded path which wound around the usual place of worship to a building which housed a temporary replacement while the former is being renovated. Our group joined another and made polite conversation as we approached the back building, where we were greeted graciously by the monks as they welcomed us into their midst.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Religion Classes for Spring 2018

REL106 Exploring the Bible - Six sections (M,W, F, 10,11; T,Th, 9:25, 10:50,12:15) - core: Religion
There is a reason it is a best seller -- take this class and find out why for yourself.

REL107 Exploring World Religions - Six sections in a classroom (M,W, F, 10, 11, 12; T,Th,10:50, 12:15
and two sections online - core: Religion

REL 213 Life and Letters of Paul (M,W,F 11) 
An examination with Dr. Aune of the life of Saul/Paul, author of much of the New Testament and arguably the most important figure in Christianity after Jesus.  We make a careful study of relevant sections in the Book of Acts and the letters attributed to Paul, aided by useful secondary sources.  We consider not only theological and social concerns addressed by Paul but also the ways in which his teachings apply to the contemporary world.

REL214 Christian Formation & Life Calling (T,Th 1:40)
Dr. Dickson says: What matters? Sign up to figure it out. Seriously . . . if you are serious about your faith and wish to explore what it means to serve God faithfully then this class is for you.

REL 220 Taking Human Life - Two Sections (M,W, F 12 & 1)- core: Humanities
Dr. Hovey says: Is it ever okay to take human life? If so, under what conditions? Many of the hardest contemporary issues in society and for religious communities are related to these questions, whether suicide, euthanasia, abortion, capital punishment, or warfare. Join us for an exciting yet also serious course examining these ethical issues from philosophical and theological perspectives.

REL3SGI Legacy of Peter and Paul in Italy (M,W 3:05)
The deadline has passed to register to study with Dr. Aune and go to Italy for Spring Break - have a great time if you are going!

REL 340 Religion & The Civil Rights Movement in America - One Section (T, Th 10:50) - core: Humanities
Dr. Slade says: From the streets of Montgomery in 1954 to St Louis in 2015, churches and people of faith have been deeply involved in both sides of the civil rights movement in America. Using the tools of history, sociology and theology, this class will explore this recent chapter of American history. In addition to the movement of the 19650s and 60s, we will also look at the church-based racial reconciliation initiatives of the 90s and 00s. We will end with an examination of church's involvement in #BlackLivesMatter -- what has been dubbed by the press as the new civil rights movement, and mass incarceration "the New Jim Crow."

REL404  Seminar in Christian Theology: Atonement  One Section - (T-Th 12:15)
Dr. Hovey says: This semester's theme is the Doctrine of the Atonement: the meaning of the death of Christ. Does an innocent man's death appease an angry God? In what sense should Christ's death be considered a sacrifice? Is it a ransom? To whom? We will go in-depth into these and related debates in contemporary theological scholarship. Not to be missed!  This is one of the required theology seminars for Religion majors and both REL 106 and REL 208 are prerequisites.