Santa Clara University

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley

Sandra Schneiders. I.H.M., S.T.D.
selected as Luce Fellow for 2011-2012


The Association of Theological Schools and The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. Name Seven Faculty Members as the 2011-2012 Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology  seal

(Pittsburgh, PA, February 24, 2011) The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) and The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. have named seven scholars from ATS member schools as Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology for 2011-2012.  

Selected on the basis of the strength of their proposals to conduct creative and innovative theological research, the Fellows will engage in year-long research in various areas of theological inquiry. The 2011- 2012 Fellows constitute the eighteenth class of scholars to be appointed since the inception of the program in 1993, bringing the total number of Luce Fellows to 124. The program is supported by a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation, honoring the late Henry Luce III.  

At the conclusion of their research year, the Fellows will gather at the annual Luce Fellows Conference to present and critique their work and to discuss with both current and past Luce Fellows how their work may impact the life of the church and the broader society. They will also present their findings for publication in popular religious journals.  

Sandra M. Schneiders's Project:  

Risen Jesus, Cosmic Christ: Biblical Spirituality in the Gospel of John

Schneiders's projected monograph will constitute an integrated biblical spirituality of the "real presence" of Jesus in contemporary believers (individually and corporately) as the motivating foundation for specifically Christian involvement in the mission of world transformation.  Her project will proceed, simultaneously, on two levels.  The "what" of the project will consist in a plurimethodological interpretation of the Johannine resurrection narratives (John 20-21) to articulate a contemporary, philosophically credible theology of the bodily resurrection of Jesus that can mediate between the real historical presence of Jesus to his pre-paschal disciples and his real personal and active presence in his post-paschal disciples.  The "how" will be an exercise in the academic discipline of biblical spirituality. Through her project, Schneiders maintains, the lived faith experience articulated in the Johannine text (literary biblical spirituality) will be mediated into contemporary faith experience (existential biblical spirituality) by an engagement with the biblical text through a hermeneutics of transformation (academic discipline of biblical spirituality).  Schneiders believes that, if the project succeeds in articulating a credible and motivating understanding of the reality of Jesus's presence in the life of post-paschal believers, it will have Simultaneously validated, or at least provided an example of, a hermeneutical understanding of biblical spirituality in the academy.

For more information on the Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology, please click here.