Remembering our 2014/15 scholars, learning from the Holocaust, and more... 

April 2015

2014/15 Scholar Highlights

Our Resident Scholars and Short Term Scholars brought the light of faith to bear on a broad range of research subjects this academic year, from step-motherhood to film to Korean Christian Worship. 

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Religion and the Holocaust

Victoria Barnett's lecture, Implications of the Holocaust for Multireligious Conversations drew a crowd of 150 people last week on Saint John's campus, and 65 people attended her lecture at Mt. Zion Temple.

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The Spring 2015 issue of Bearings magazine was published this month, and provides a glimpse into the intellectual communities that form at the Collegeville Institute. This issue features art, articles, and an interview from participants in the fall 2014 Resident Scholars Program.


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Apply now for Fall 2015 writing workshops!

Mapping the Geography of Grace: A Writing Workshop for Clergy 
For clergy exploring the landscape of faith.

September 8-14, 2015
Application deadline extended to Monday, May 18, 2015

The Writing Pastor: A Workshop with J. Bradley Wigger
For pastors and church leaders who are committed to the ways writing can be a spiritual practice. 

October 25-31, 2015Application deadline: Monday, June 1, 2015.
Writing for the Pastoral Life: Strange Gift, Long Journey, Bright Star with Maren C. Tirabassi
For those involved with congregational ministry.

November 2-8, 2015Application deadline: Sunday, June 14, 2015

Writing Spirit, Writing Faith: A Week with Mary Potter
Exploring the complexities of faith in today’s world. 

November 15-21, 2015Application deadline: Monday, June 1, 2015

Featured articles from Bearings Online

Renewed in our Knowledge: The Study of Theology

by Margaret O'Gara

We have good news to announce, and we have to get it right. Sometimes that means turning even our initial knowledge of our Christian faith upside down. Theology helps us do that.

Ceramic Interlude: Reflections on Writing and Clay

by Josina Cooper Guess

I fell in love with pottery my senior year in high school. Making pots helped me to become the woman I am today, who now chooses words as her primary medium.


by Bo Niles

An Earth Day poem by Bo Niles, participant in the summer 2013 writing workshop, Believing in Writing: A Week with Michael Dennis Browne.

History Matters

by Carol V.R. George

Carol George's recent micro-historical study of a small black community in east central Mississippi sheds light on our nation's intractable racial dilemma.

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