2009 Shippey Lecture to Feature Sociologist Robert Wuthnow

MADISON, NJ–Global outreach is now greater than at any time in the history of American churches. While the impact of globalization in the form of immigration and religious diversity has been much considered, less attention has been paid to the global reach of American Christianity to other parts of the world. 

On Tuesday, April 14th at 7:30 p.m., the Drew Theological School is hosting the Frederick A. Shippey Lecture in Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall with Dr. Robert Wuthnow of Princeton University, one of the preeminent sociologists of religion in the United States. This annual lecture was established in honor of distinguished Drew Theological School Professor, Frederick A. Shippey, to further scholarship in the sociology of religion

Dr. Wuthnow will speak on “Globalization and American Christianity,” examining the shape, sources, and challenges of global outreach in American churches and the impact that the substantial increase in goods, information, and people moving across national borders is having on American religion.

Dr. Robert Wuthnow is the Andlinger Professor of Social Sciences, Chair of the Sociology Department, and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Sociology. An award-winning author, Dr. Wuthnow has written extensively in the sociology of American religion and culture and has had over 25 books published. His books include The Restructuring of American Religion, America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity, and After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty-and-Thirty-Somethings Are Shaping the Future of American Religion.

The American Historical Review states about Dr. Wuthnow’s work, “…so thoughtful are the author’s interpretations, grounded in a mastery of social science theory, that one can only be grateful for [his] brilliant examination of the public dimensions of religious culture.”

The lecture is open to the public; all are invited to attend. For more information, contact Nancy VanderVeen, Coordinator of Continuing Education, Drew Theological School at nvanderveen@drew.edu.

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Posted: March 19, 2009