vb-photo1-199x300Dear GDR Graduates, Students, Faculty, and Friends,

It was wonderful to see many of you at the AAR/SBL in Chicago last November and to share in the celebration of Otto Maduro’s presidency of the AAR!  In the meantime, a new year has arrived and indeed is well under way.  I hope that 2013 has begun happily for all of you.

This issue features the heritage of Liturgical Studies at Drew.  You will find articles on faculty member Heather Elkins (who reminisces about the history of the program), on alumnus Neal Presa (recent elected leader of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.), and on current student Michael Sniffen (widely noted for his leadership in the Occupy Wallstreet and Sandy movements).

You will also find an article on the twelfth Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium, which took place February 7-10, under the leadership of Drew faculty members Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre, Catherine Keller, and Elias Ortega-Aponte. The theme was “Common Good(s): Economy, Ecology, Political Theology,” and the conversations that stretched across the range of activist workshops, public lectures, grad student papers, and scholarly colloquium were extraordinarily stimulating.  Among the GDR alums who participated were Sharon Betcher and Won-Hee Anne Joh.

We have also included brief notes on some current students and on beloved staff member Alma Tuitt.  Whether you are a graduate, current student, faculty or staff member, please do let me know if you would be interested in contributing an article or being interviewed for a feature, or if you know of someone else whom you think we should feature. We also welcome brief news notes. I am always moved and inspired when I learn about the amazing work in which the members of our community are engaged.

Finally, please don’t forget about the GDR facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/DrewGraduateDivisionOfReligion.  We would really like to see more postings from all of you, whether you are sharing news about yourself or passing on information that you think others in our community would find interesting!  And even if you are not a facebook person, you may enjoy lurking a bit….

All best wishes,

Virginia Burrus
Professor of Early Christianity
Chair of the Graduate Division of Religion

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