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Dear Alumni and Friends,

The Fall 2017 quarter is over now, and it has heralded what has so far been a successful introduction to the 2017-2018 academic year. We were very happy to be able to welcome a new faculty member, Dr. Paul Schutz, a recent doctoral graduate from Fordham University. We are also happy to welcome a new academic year lecturer, Dr. Jaime Wright, a recent graduate from the Jesuit School of Theology. It has been a productive year for our community, and we are happy to share some of our recent activities in this issue of Perspectives.

David Gray
Chair, Religious Studies Department


Department News
  GPPM Fall 2017 Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries has new leadership team.

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  fall 2017 perspectives, paul schutz Introducing Paul Schutz: Paul's experience with liturgical music led him to study theology at Fordham University. He specializes  in religion and ecology.

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  fall 2017 perspectives, jaime wright Introducing Jaime Wright: Jaime studied at the Graduate Theological Union where he focused on understanding American subcultural practices of body modification through the lens of religion.

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Faculty Publications & Updates
  David Pleins Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary

David Pleins: Faculty and Alumni Working Together 

Over the past several years Prof. David Pleins, with the help of his research assistant, Jonathan Homrighausen '15 (Religious Studies), worked steadily on a new Hebrew lexicon. This year this project bore fruit, with the publication of their co-authored book, Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary by Conceptual Categories: A Student's Guide to the Nouns in the Old Testament (Zondervan, 2017).

     
  Paul Crowley 2017 Paul G. Crowley, S.J. new book, The Unmoored God: Believing in a Time of Dislocation, was published by Orbis Books. For all who struggle with belief in God in a time lacking familiar props or sure signposts, Crowley offers answers from his own heartfelt reflection and theological struggle.
     
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Karen Peterson-Iyer published a book chapter on Sexting and Gender Justice.



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  fall 2017 perspectives Michelle Mueller published a book chapter on Women’s Spirituality and Transgender Rights in the U.S. Wicca Community.

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  Pearl Barros Alumna Pearl Barros' work enhancing Theological Perspectives.

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  fall 2017 perspectives paul schutz Paul Schutz published a new article on Ecocentric Theology.

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  fall 2017 perspectives Ana Maria Pineda, RSM presented at the World Union of Jesuit Alumni Conference and traveled to El Salvador.

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Living with Purpose Series hosted by Diana Gibson and Philip Boo Riley.

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  More faculty news from Socorro Castañeda-LilesDavid DeCosse, Bill DoharDavid GrayKitty Murphy, Fred Parrella and Sarita Tamayo-Moraga.

Students in Action
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Exploring Living Religions in Silicon Valley
Students conduct fieldwork across religious traditions.

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Interfaith Blog Project
Students bring cheerful interfaith stories to new website.

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Religion and Natural Disasters 
A lively discussion led by Paul Schutz on "theodicy."  

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Religion in the Age of Trump
Faculty and students gathered on election night for a discussion led by Dr. Lynn Jencks.


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Alumni Update
  Julie Dinh

Julie Dinh ‘17, Religious Studies, is pursuing a Masters in Education at SCU and is a student teacher at Lietz Elementary.

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Perspectives would enjoy hearing what alumni are up to or what they remember about their time with the department. Please email us at religionteam@gmail.com. 

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Department of Religious Studies
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Phone: 408.554.4547
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