Theta Alpha Kappa initiation April 4th
Posted: April 10, 2013
Religion major Zoe Post has been inducted as a member of the Alpha Kappa Pi chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa. Theta Alpha Kappa is an international honor society whose members are elected from among outstanding advanced undergraduate students and faculty in religion and theology. It is the only national honor society dedicated to recognizing academic excellence in baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students and in scholars in the fields of Religious Studies and Theology.
Theta Alpha Kappa was founded in 1976 through by the Religious Studies faculty of Manhattan College in Riverdale (the Bronx) New York for the purposes of honoring particularly excellent undergraduate students in the fields of theological and/or religious studies. Its purpose is "to encourage, recognize, and maintain excellence in such studies within baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degree programs, and within the academic profession of these studies more broadly understood." Theta Alpha Kappa is committed to the scholarly study of religion in all its diversity.
Ethics Lecture to Discuss Religion and the Labor Movement
Posted: April 4, 2013
As part of the University of Evansville’s Ethics Lecture series, Rev. Darren Cushman Wood, senior pastor of North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, will present “What Moves the Labor Movement? The Role of Religion in Workers’ Struggles Past, Present, and Future.”
Cushman Wood will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, April 8 in Eykamp Hall, Room 253 in the Ridgway University Center. His lecture is free and open to the public.
“Facing new challenges in the 21st century, labor leaders are forming partnerships with the religious community, but will they be successful?” Cushman Wood said. “This lecture will explore the heritage and contemporary dynamics of the relationship between religion and labor in the United States.”
Cushman Wood earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Evansville in 1982 and is also a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York. In addition to his appointment at North United Methodist Church, he serves as an adjunct professor of labor studies at Indiana University and is the author of the book Blue Collar Jesus: How Christianity Supports Workers’ Rights (Seven Locks Press, 2004).
Cushman Wood will also give a guest sermon titled “Resurrecting Resistance” at University Worship, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 7 in Neu Chapel.
The Ethics Lecture Series, sponsored by UE's Department of Philosophy and Religion, brings ethicists from both religious and philosophical backgrounds to explore questions of value, justice, responsibility, and meaning in the realm of human conduct and the moral life. Previous Ethics Lecture topics have included information ethics, the living wage movement, and ethical eating.
Posted: March 27, 2013
UE alumnus, Matthew D. Vanover ('09), will conduct Joseph Haydn’s The Creation at First United Methodist Church, 338 Third Street, Henderson, Kentucky on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. The performance will feature the First UMC Cantata Choir, Melanie Bacaling, Gregory Rike, Patrick Ritsch, Jessica Vanover and Mike Nation.
Congratulations to Whitney Lantz and Nick Joyner, Candidates for Ministry
Posted: March 15, 2013
The Neu Chapel Society Board, last evening, participated in a historic event for two UE students, our campus community, and The United Methodist Church by affirming UE seniors, Whitney Lantz and Nick Joyner, in the candidacy process toward ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. Rev. Randy Anderson, Associate District Superintendent and UE alum, presided over the meeting which was held in the John Wesley Gallery, lower level of Neu Chapel. The Neu Chapel Society will continue to support and encourage Whitney and Nick throughout their theological education, both planning to attend Garrett Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, also a United Methodist seminary. After earning a master’s degree, Whitney will seek ordination as a Deacon and Nick, Elder’s orders. Congratulations to Whitney and Nick and to the Neu Chapel Society Board for their continual support to UE students!
Dr. Stein is one of the 2013-14 Recipients of the UE Global Scholar Award
Posted: March 6, 2013
The Institute for Global Enterprise has announced the 2013-14 recipients of the UE Global Scholar Award. As a UE Global Scholar, the recipients of this award will engage in scholarship, curriculum development, travel and/or research activities related to the impact of globalization on our learning environment.
Dr. Valerie Stein, associate professor of religion, will continue development of global focus in both her teaching and scholarship by examining biblical interpretation from diverse perspectives as well as by analyzing the impact of western biblical interpretation in a pluralist world. Traditionally, biblical scholarship has privileged the perspective of the Euro-American academy. However, that perspective alone is insufficient in addressing religion's role in vital issues our global community is facing. To begin addressing this concern, she has redesigned REL 140 (Reading the Old Testament), a general education course, to introduce a global component rather than only incorporating western Christian readings. She will now also critically engage biblical interpretation from African, Asian, and Latin American perspectives as well as Jewish and Islamic ones.
Indiana Civil Liberties Union Executive Director to Speak at UE
Posted: October 25, 2012
Jane Henegar, executive director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, will speak on campus next week in a presentation sponsored by the University of Evansville’s Department of Philosophy and Religion.
Henegar will discuss the mission of the American Civil Liberties Union at 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 30 in Eykamp Hall, Rooms 254-255 in the Ridgway University Center. Her presentation is free and open to the public.
Prior to being named executive director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, Henegar taught political science at Butler University and led the Indiana Bar Foundation’s Project Citizen to teach civics to K-12 students in Indiana. She served as interim director of the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention following her service as Indianapolis deputy mayor from 2000-2006.
Henegar has held various positions in government, including state director in the office of former Senator Evan Bayh, deputy commissioner and general counsel in the Indiana Department of Administration, executive posts at the Family and Social Services Administration, and judicial law clerk for the Honorable Thomas Reavley, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, she is a 1984 graduate of Bryn Mawr College and earned her law degree in 1988 from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.