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Dear Alumni and Friends,

The Fall 2018 quarter has been a time of new beginnings for the Religious Studies community at Santa Clara University. We were very happy to be able to welcome (again) to faculty Pearl Barros, Ph.D. as a new Assistant Professor. But Pearl is not truly new, being a class of 2005 SCU graduate (Religious Studies/English double major), and she has also taught for us for the past two and a half years as an adjunct lecturer. We have also welcomed two additional and truly “new” faculty members. The first is Gene Schlesinger, Ph.D., a recent graduate from Marquette University, hired as a Lecturer teaching in the areas of liturgy and sacraments. The second is Brianne Jacobs, Ph.D., a recent graduate from Fordham University, hired as an adjunct academic year lecturer teaching in the area of Catholic Theology. All three of these faculty members have been teaching in both our undergraduate program and our graduate program in pastoral ministries. It has been a very busy Fall quarter for us, with many new activities, most notably the inaugural Rev. Francis L. Markey Lecture in Women in Ministry. We are happy to share reports about some of our recent activities in this issue of Perspectives.

David Gray
Chair, Religious Studies Department

New Faculty
Pearl Barros Pearl Barros '05

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Brianne Jacobs Brianne Jacobs

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Eugene Schlesinger Eugene Schlesinger

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News and Events
2018 Fall Mixer Religious Studies Fall Mixer

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2018 RELS Perspectives Yasmin Vanya AIMES Yasmin Vanya Event

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2018 Fall RELS event Victor, Victim, Survivor Event

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2018 RELS Perspectives Sufi Dance Sufi Dance Event

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2018 RELS Perspectives Markey Lecture

Markey Lecture

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2018 RELS Perspectives AIMES speaker James Millward AIMES James Millward Lecture

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2018 RELS Perspectives Rockn w Jesus Rock'n with Jesus Event

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2018 RELS Perspectives faith and sexuality panel Faith & Sexuality Panel

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Faculty Publications & Updates
Akiba Lerner Akiba Lerner Reacts to the Disturbing Trend of Religious Violence in the Wake of the Shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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Latinxs, the Bible, and Migration book cover Roberto Mata Delivers Presentations and Publishes New Work on Migration. 

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Sally Vance-Trembath Sally Vance-Trembath Speaks at Panel on Clergy Sex Abuse and Moves Forward on Other Work. 

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More faculty updates from James Bennett, David DeCosse, Bill Dohar, Elizabeth Drescher, David Gray, Corinna Guerrero, Teresia Hinga, Gary Macy, Michelle Mueller, Thao Nguyen, S.J., Fred Parrella David Pinault, and David Pleins. Read More »

Student Updates and Faculty-Student Work
2018 Fall Perspectives LRC Nick Nagy

Exciting New Work on the Living Religions Collaborative

Student fellows Claire Dixon '19, Nick Nagy '19, and Nick Rogers '19  are working on the exciting next iteration of Encounter.

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2018 Falls Perspectives Claire Dixon

Bearings Magazine

Religious Studies/Marketing double major Claire Dixon '19 assumes the role of Marketing Coordinator for Bearings, a monthly online magazine focusing on religion and spirituality.

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Students mentored by Teresia Hinga

Teresia Hinga Mentoring

Last summer, Teresia Hinga was assigned to mentor a team of students in the Miller Center Global Fellowship. The team she mentored worked in Rwanda to support PICO’s work in urban and rural settings. They included Jenny Walsh, Liz Kamya (the team leader), and Neil Brorsen.

Fall 2018 Perspectives RELS majors

Increasing Majors and Minors

Religious Studies faculty work to recruit new majors and create exciting new mentorship and research opportunities for them.

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Connor Holttum

Connor Holttum ’18, Religious Studies minor, published a new article on Spirituality and Wilderness in Bearings Magazine.


Where Are They Now?

In summer 2018, the Religious Studies Department launched "Where Are They Now?"—a new Alumni Engagement Project aimed at reconnecting alumni with the department, finding out about the amazing work our alumni are doing, learning about exciting developments in the lives of our alumni, and finding out more about programs and initiatives our alumni would like to see.

We've already received responses from over 50 alumni, and we'd love to hear from you! Please complete our survey.

Check out these updates from our alums:

Patricia Jung ’71 is a retired Professor of Christian Ethics. Over the course of a long and fruitful career as a theological ethicist, she authored numerous books on sexual ethics and received numerous awards from professional theological organizations, including the Catholic Theological Society of America. She is currently President-Elect of the Society of Christian Ethics.

Angelica Nohemi Quinonez ’04 is Associate Director for Resident Ministry at University Ministry at the University of San Francisco, where she also serves on the Mission Council. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education at the University of Southern California.

Edward Nugent ’14 earned a Master's Degree in Theological Studies from Boston College in 2016. He is currently finishing up at Stanford Law School (J.D. 2019) and will clerk for two federal judges after graduation. He intends to pursue future work in civil rights litigation.

Claire (Foley) Hansen ’01, M.Div. JST is Director of Campus Ministry at Eastside Catholic School in Seattle. Prior to moving north, she served Presentation High School and Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose.

Edward Fassett, S.J. ’78, M.A. '90 is a Jesuit priest. He currently serves as a member of the Jesuit Curia in Rome.

Bethany (Elias) Jenner '08 is a Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies at the University of Arizona, where she serves as a Faculty Associate.


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