Tipple-Vosburgh Lecture Series

The series was originally established by the fifth Drew president Ezra Squier Tipple and his wife Edna White Tipple. Nowadays it is an annual Theological School conference and alumni/ae reunion that features many major scholars in its roster of speakers. Recent conference themes have included: “Greening the Church for the Next Millennium”; “The Bible: Weapon or Wisdom?”; “Christology across Confessions and Cultures”; and “God and Mammon.”

Center for Christianities in Global Contexts

This center was established in Drew Theological School in 2006 with a grant from the Henry R. Luce Foundation, and as a resource for the Theological School, the Graduate Division of Religion, and the wider community. The Center studies and models the place of Christianity in a global society in modes that affirm the irreducible plurality of both historical and contemporary Christianities; the opening of Christian theologies and ministries to other faith traditions; the need to attend to the colonial legacies and neocolonial investments of Christianity; and the articulation of theological visions of social justice, peace, and non-violence in such interdependent domains as economics, the environment, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. The Center is directed by Kenneth Ngwa, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible.

Communities of Shalom

“Seek the shalom of the city where I have sent you, for in its shalom, you will find your shalom.” –Jeremiah 29:7

Communities of Shalom seek to build community, weave unity, and transform the world one community at a time.  We exist because so many communities are torn and frazzled from extreme poverty, cultural barriers, racial divides, and social conflict. Yet there are hidden assets in every community that can be uncovered and aligned. Congregations and communities can work together to re-weave the textures of shalom in their midst, and raise the quality of life in their immediate neighborhood.

Communities of Shalom Resource Center
Drew University Theological School
12 Campus Drive
Madison, NJ 07940
Ph 973-408-3738
Fax 973-408-3943

Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium

Launched in 2001 under the leadership of Catherine Keller, Professor of Constructive Theology in the Theological School and Graduate Division of Religion, together with Virginia Burrus, Professor of Early Church History, and Stephen Moore, Professor of New Testament, the Drew Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium brings a dozen or more distinguished scholars to campus each fall to engage in dialogue with Drew religion faculty and students around specific topics germane to the future of theological studies. The colloquia regularly issue in published volumes, and in certain years amount to full-scale conferences. Colloquia topics have included: “Interstitial Initiations/Counterdiscourses of Creation”; “(Com)promised Lands: The Colonial, the Postcolonial, and the Theological”; “An American Empire? Globalization, War, and Religion”; “Transfiguring Passions: Theologies and Theories of Eros”; “Ground for Hope: Faith, Justice, and the Earth”; “Apophatic Bodies: Infinity, Ethics, and Incarnation”; and “Planetary Loves: Postcoloniality, Gender, and Theology.” The colloquium traditionally ends with a one-day graduate student event at which students from Drew and other schools present papers to an audience of faculty and peers.

Hispanic Institute of Theology

The Hispanic Institute of Theology at Drew University (HIT) was founded by Dr. Ada María Isasi-Díaz, Professor Emerita of Ethics & Theology.  Dr. Isasi-Díaz has taught Christian Ethics in the Theological School and Graduate Division of Religion at Drew University and is one of the foremost Latina feminist theologians in the United States. She is widely known for her work in Mujerista Theology.  HIT is currently co-directed by Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte and Dr. Otto Maduro.  Dr. Ortega-Aponte is Assistant Professor of Afro-Latina/o Religions and Cultural Studies.  Dr. Otto Maduro teaches World Christianity in the Theological School and Graduate Division of Religion, and is an internationally known sociologist of Religion.

Through its leadership, HIT has been in connection with several of the important programs recently developed by Latinas/os in different parts of the country such as the Hispanic Theological Initiative, the Program for the Analysis of Religion Among Latinos, the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, The Hispanic Summer Program, and the Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana. HIT was also instrumental in establishing the Hispanic/Latino group at the American Academy of Religion, which at present organizes two sessions at the AAR Annual Conference. In 1995 HIT organized the first panel by Latina Theologians at the AAR.

Institute for Ecstatic Naturalism

Every April, starting in 2011, Drew University sponsors an interdisciplinary Congress devoted to the philosophical and theological perspective of ecstatic naturalism as originally developed by Professor Robert S. Corrington of the Graduate Division of Religion at Drew.  The Congress invites papers from senior scholars and graduate students on topics relevant to an ecstatic naturalist world view where the emphasis is on the utter scope and depth of nature as it molds and shapes human culture and the deepest structures of the self.  Topics from past Congresses have included a correlation between ecstatic naturalism and: the arts, psychoanalysis, process theology, shamanism, ecofeminism, semiotics, philosophical theology, deconstruction, religious symbols, the scientific study of religion, and Romanticism.  Friday evening features a plenary address, while Saturday evening is devoted to the arts.  Plenary speakers have included Robert C. Neville and Ursula Goodenough.  The first Congress featured a staged reading of Professor Corrington’s play 1,2,3.

Center of Religion, Culture, & Conflict

This interdisciplinary center is funded by the Wallerstein family and other donors, and is directed by Christopher Taylor, Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies in Drew’s College of Liberal Arts. Its purpose is to encourage and facilitate the broadest possible interdisciplinary study of the profoundly complex nexus where religions, societies and cultures meet. The Center brings together scholars representing a remarkable diversity of academic disciplines, and from all three of the constituent schools at Drew, to participate in research and conversation about various aspects of the intersection of religion with society and culture. The Center hosts distinguished visiting scholars, sponsors lectures, makes research grants to promote scholarship, and arranges roundtable discussions. The programs of the Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum, a distinct but integral part of the Center, promote earnest and frank dialogue among different religious traditions on issues of common concern.

Other Lecture Series

The Frederick A. Shippey Lecture
Established in honor of Professor Frederick A. Shippey to further scholarship in the sociology of religion.

The Halstead Lecture
Endowed by the late Dr. Frank Halstead, the lecture brings major scholars of religion in antiquity to Drew.

The Nelle K. Morton Lecture
Dedicated to Drew’s early feminist educator and theologian Nelle K. Morton, the lecture highlights women’s issues in society, theology, and religious communities.

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Lecture
Hosted by the Black Ministerial Caucus, the lecture addresses theological and ethical issues from the perspective of the African American experience.

The Hispanic/Latino/a Theology and Religion Lecture
The lecture is hosted by the Hispanic Institute of Theology

The Korean Theological Studies Lecture
The lecture is hosted by the Korean Caucus.