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Greetings from the GDR Chair

Virginia Burrus

Virginia Burrus

Drew has just weathered a devastating storm -- one that felled two dozen trees and shut down the campus entirely for a week -- and I know that many of us continue to feel the effects of hurricane Sandy. I hope that this greeting finds you and your loved ones safe; our thoughts go out to those who have suffered loss and may still lack electricity or access to clean water, for example. In the meantime, life begins to resume its normal rhythms, which for us includes the annual meeting of the AAR/SBL, this year in Chicago. I hope to see many of you at the Drew reception Sunday evening, November 18, 2012, when we will be celebrating Otto Maduro’s presidency of the AAR (more).

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Report from the Center for Christianities in Global Contexts

On Tuesday September 25, the Center for Christianities in Global Contexts (CCGC) hosted its first event of the year--a performance of Indian classical music--in Craig Chapel. The group of four performers was led by Fr. Paul Poovathingal who is known as the "Padum Pathiri," meaning "The singing priest of India" (more).

  In Memoriam
Adelaide Boadi

Drew mourns the loss and celebrates the life of Adelaide Ruth Afi Boadi, who died on September 11, 2012, after a seven month battle with cancer (more).

  A Drew Story
Morrey Davis

When he arrived on the Drew campus in 1995 to begin his doctorate in Theological and Religious Studies at the Graduate School, Morris Davis, or Morrey as most people call him, had no idea he would one day become the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the Seminary (more).

  Drew Scholarship
Mary Nyangweso Wangila

In her role as teacher, Dr. Wangila emphasizes the non-sectarian nature of religious studies and utilizes a variety of approaches--historical, philosophical, anthropological, and archaeological, not to mention feminist (more).

  Alumni Author
Charles McCollough

Since earning his PhD in theology in 1965 Charles McCollough has flourished as an artist and an author (more).



Drew at the AAR/SBL

Drew has much to celebrate at AAR and SBL this year! Kicking off the excitement, the November meeting of the American Academy of Religion marks the close of Otto Maduro's term as president of the Academy (more).

The Future of Christian Spirituality and Interreligious Interaction: An International Conference at Drew in Honor of Dr. Pyun Sun Hwan

PyunThe event marked the 20th anniversary of Dr. Pyun, Sun Hwan's release from his teaching position and defrocking because of his theological position on interreligious dialogue in Korea (more).

Tipple-Vosburgh 2012

As the presidential candidates were making their final preparations for the second presidential debate, students and alumni at the Theological School were preparing to engage in thoughtful conversations about the intersections between "Faith, Race, and Politics," this year's theme of the Tipple-Vosburgh Lectures (more).


Activist Priest Father Roy Bourgeois Visits Drew, Honors Memory of Professor Asasi-Diaz

BourgeoisFr. Roy Bourgeois, a Maryknoll priest who hails from Louisiana, has been working for decades in solidarity with the victims of human rights violations in and from Latin America, among others (more).

The Graduate Division of Religion Welcomes 13 New Students

New GDR StudentsThe Graduate Division of Religion (GDR) at Drew University welcomed 13 new students to campus this fall (more).

Upcoming Events


Seminary Saturdays

"Prison's Collateral Impact: Ministering to the Children and Family of the Incarcerated"
Elias Ortega-Aponte, Assistant Professor of Afro-Latina/o Religions and Cultural Studies




Seminary Saturdays

"Many Paths Toward One God?: Christian Theology and Religious Pluralism"
Hyo-Dong Lee, Assistant Professor of Theological Philosophy

"Spirit and Cosmopolis"
Sharon Betcher, Professor of Theology, Affiliate Fellow in Teaching and Research, Vancouver School of Theology



Twelfth Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium

"Common Good(s): Economy, Ecology, Political Theology"




Nelle Morton Lecture

"Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop: From "Disability" to a Theology of Social Flesh in a World of Becoming"
Sharon Betcher, Professor of Theology, Affiliate Fellow in Teaching and Research, Vancouver School of Theology




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