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.

Next workshop: Thursday, April 7

Spring has finally sprung and we are in the final quarter of the academic year, for those of us who are still tracking our progress that way.  Congratulations to our advanced students who have received approval to enter the dissertation writing phase!

We have some exciting and diverse papers to explore this quarter.  Please refer to the “Schedule” tab for an overview of what is in store for us.  Mark your calendars for the workshop on May 5, when we will have a joint session with Global Christianities and welcome guest speaker Paul Lim from Vanderbilt University.  He will speak on “Global Evangelicals and the Fight against Human Trafficking: Snapshots from India, Korea and the US.”   You won’t want to miss special event!

Next week Michele Ferris presents her paper, “The Chinese Presence in the Contested Space of Salt Lake City’s Commercial District, 1870-1952,” in preparation for the grad conference at our Div School on April 15-16.  (I hope you have that conference on your calendar, as well.  The theme is “Religion and Movement.”)  Please join us next Thursday to offer feedback on Michele’s paper and enjoy a catered lunch, as usual.

See you at the Marty Center, 2nd floor of Swift Hall, 12:00-1:15.

Last Workshop of Winter Quarter, 2/15

Please join us for the last workshop of the winter quarter, this Thursday at 12:00 in the Marty Center.  We will discuss Mark Lambert’s conference paper, “There are Molokai’s Everywhere: South Seas Travel Writing and Its Relationship to Global Leprosy
Perception and Health Policy.”  Kit Shields will respond, and as usual, lunch will be served.

The paper has been uploaded to the RAME blog (  Email Michele ( if you need help accessing it.


Workshop This Thursday, Feb. 11

Don’t miss the next workshop!  The paper has been uploaded and is ready for your reading pleasure.  This time Kai Parker will present his dissertation chapter, “The Wretched and the Damned:  Gospel Music between Civil Rights and Urban Crisis.”  Michele Ferris will respond, and lunch will be served.

Contact Michele ( if you need help accessing the paper.

Upcoming Workshop: Thursday, 1/28

Our next workshop is on January 28.  Caroline Anglim will present her conference paper, “What about Chicago? New Thought and the Black Spiritual Movement.”  Joel Brown will respond.  The paper can be downloaded from the “Papers” tab of this blog.  Contact Michele Ferris ( if you need assistance.

As usual, lunch will be provided and we will gather at the Marty Center Seminar Room (2nd floor, Swift Hall) at 12:00.  See you there!