Faculty & Staff News: February 2021

Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture Antonio Alonso has been awarded one of 17 Vital Worship Grants for 2021 by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.

Associate Professor of Religious Education Jennifer Ayres has been awarded a collaborative research grant from Emory’s Halle Institute for Global Research alongside Hubertus Roebben, professor of religious education at the University of Bonn, Germany, for their proposal “Religion and the Cultivation of Ecological Consciousness: Place, Narrative, and Performance.”  

Assistant Professor in the Practice of Old Testament Ryan Bonfiglio, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible Joel B. Kemp, and Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible Jacob Wright are writing letters to President Biden, Vice President Harris, and members of the 117th Congress. Their letters are part of the American Values, Religious Voices Campaign—a national, nonpartisan campaign created from the conviction that scholars who study and teach diverse religious traditions have something important to say about Americans’ shared values and pressing issues of the day. Bonfiglio’s letter ran on February 3. Letters by Kemp and Wright will run later in the first 100 days of the Biden administration.

James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership Robert M. Franklin, Jr. has been featured in multiple articles and op-eds throughout the aftermath of election season. They include an interview with WNYC’s The Takeaway, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article on Ebenezer Baptist Church Senior Pastor and Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock’s dual roles, and an op-ed for CNN on how individuals can heal a divided America.

Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion and Culture Marla F. Frederick  spoke to Religion News Service about Raphael Warnock’s dual roles of senator and senior pastor. Read more. 

Frederick also served as a consultant on the new four-hour series from Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song, which premieres on PBS February 16 and 17.

Robert W. Woodruff Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Christian Origins Luke Timothy Johnson will present this year’s Harvard Catholic Forum Daniel Harrington SJ Memorial Lecture, “Miracles: Source of Truth or Violation of Natural Law?” on February 18 at 7:30 p.m. EST. The online event is free and open to the public. Register here.

Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies Susan B. Reynolds penned an essay for Commonweal Magazine on the inadequacy of war metaphors frequently used to discuss COVID-19. Read more.