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The Moan and the Shout: James Noel on African American Religious Experience

Take a black sermon, print it in a book, then read it, and you have no idea what it means because it has been abstracted from the living worship of the black church, says the Rev. Dr. James Noel, (Ph.D. ’99), Farlough Professor of African American Christianity at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. The sermon’s meaning, he says, is determined by the hymns sung, the testimonials, the prayers said before and after the sermon’s delivery, as well as what went on that week for parishioners. “My fascination is with religious experience and its various modes of expression,” he says, “especially African American religious experience, which is different than that of Europeans or white Americans. The disciplines generated by both the Protestant Reformation and the Enlightenment aren’t adequate for elucidating black religion, and this has implications for theological education.”

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Dr. Mia M. Mochizuki Receives CAA Publication Grant

Dr. Mia M. MochizukiDr. Mia M. Mochizuki, Assistant Professor and Thomas E. Bertelsen, Jr. Chair of Art History and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union and Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley is the recipient of a College Art Association (CAA) Publication Grant for her book, Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm, 1566-1672 (Ashgate).  The CAA Publication Grant is a single award of $23,000 to a publisher for one book, either under contract or near contract, on a topic in art, art history, art theory or criticism, visual studies, or a related field; the book must make a significant original contribution to art scholarship and research.

Munir Jiwa, Director of New Center for Islamic Studies

Munir JiwaMunir Jiwa, director of the Center for Islamic Studies, and assistant professor of Islamic Studies, has a rich background in engaging difference. His research has addressed mass media portrayals of Islam and Muslims.

Jiwa was previously at the University of Toronto, where he was a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the Department and Center for the Study of Religion. He holds a master’s degree in religion from Harvard and a doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University.

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