Workshop on Feb. 16

Our next workshop will be on Thursday, February 16.  Alison Davis will present a chapter from her dissertation, entitled “Religion Simplified: Voluntarism, Progress, and ‘the Return to Simple Truths.’” Please join us for lunch in the Marty Center Library at noon.

The paper is available on the “Papers” tab.  Contact Michele Ferris ( if you need assistance.

Workshop on Feb 2!

Our next workshop will be on Thursday, February 2, at the usual time and place.  Miriam Attia will present her journal article, “Rebecca Miller’s Ambiguous Religious Authority at the Close of the Second Great Awakening” and Claire Hautot will respond.

The paper is available on the “Papers” tab.  Contact Michele Ferris ( if you need assistance.


Next meeting, Jan. 19

Get ready for our next workshop, on January 19.  We will discuss Michele Ferris’s, orals exam paper, “From Biergarten to Home Garden: Temperance in a Methodist Periodical.”  The paper can now be uploaded from this website.  Contact Michele if you need assistance.

Lunch will be served and as promised, there will be German beer. See you at 12:00 in the Marty Center Library!


Next Workshop on Jan. 5, 2017

I hope everyone had a restful holiday break!  We resume our workshop meetings this Thursday in a new room, due to a scheduling conflict:  the Marty Center Library (just down the hall from our previous venue).  We will continue meeting in this room for the remainder of the quarter.

We will come together on Thursday to hear about AAR and any other conferences people have attended since the summer to get a perspective on the state of the field.  Lunch will be served.

See you then!


Next Workshop, Thursday 11/10

Get ready for the next workshop, coming up this Thursday.  The paper is posted on this website:  “From Blessed to Barbaric: Changing Perceptions of the Oneida Community” by Erin Simmonds and Sam Stella will respond.

Lunch will be served, as usual, at noon in the Marty Center Seminar Room.  See you there!


Next workshop, 10/27

Please join us at 12:00 this Thursday in the Marty Center Seminar Room to discuss Joel Brown’s AAR conference paper, “Saving Black Metropolis: Reverdy C. Ransom, Richard R. Wright, Jr., and the Seeds of the Black Social Gospel in Chicago.”  Lunch will be served.

Fall Kick-Off Meeting

Welcome back to campus!  We are starting off the fall with a bang and jumping right into the Religions in America Workshop.  Here is a flier that announces our kick-off meeting on Thursday, September 29 at 12:00-1:15 in the Marty Center Seminar Room (2nd floor, next to the elevator).  Lunch will be served.


Just a reminder that the schedule for the year is available at all times by clicking on the “Schedule” tab on the home page of this blog.  Please plan your Thursday lunch hour accordingly!

There are still available dates to be filled by student papers, so if you would like feedback on something you’re writing, please email Michele Ferris (

Also, save the date for October 13, when our workshop will welcome John Fea, Professor of American History and Chair of the History Department at Messiah College.  We will gather together to discuss a section of his new book,

The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Last Workshop of the Year!

Please join us this Thursday, May 19, for the last Religions in America Workshop for the academic year.  We will be reading a paper by John Howell, Coordinator for Recruiting and Admissions and Lecturer in Religions in America.  His paper is entitled, “’All this war trouble unsettled us’: Little Women, Right Religion, Civil War.”  You can download it from this blog, under the Papers tab.

See you Thursday at noon in the Marty Center!


Guest Speaker, Prof. Paul Lim, on Thursday, May 5

We are all set to receive guest faculty Paul Lim from Vanderbilt University.  We are meeting in the Swift Hall Common Room and joining with the Global Christianities Workshop–you won’t want to miss this big event!  There will be panel of four student respondents to Lim’s paper, followed by a group discussion with the scholar.

The paper can now be downloaded from this blog, under the “Papers” tab.

As usual, we will meet 12:00-1:15 and lunch will be served.  See you in the Common Room!


Contact Michele Ferris ( if you need assistance.

Workshop on April 21

I hope you will join us for our next Religions in America workshop on Thursday, April 21 from 12:00-1:15 pm.  We will be discussing Joel Brown’s paper, “From Prophet to Priest: Charles Clayton Morrison and the Social Gospel” and Greg Chatterley will respond.  Lunch will be served in the Marty Center Seminar Room, 2nd floor of Swift Hall.

The paper can now be downloaded from this blog under the “Papers” tab.  Contact Michele Ferris ( if you need help accessing the file.