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“To Fight for Justice in the Face of Seemingly Unmovable Mountains:” Emily Septet (’22) Reflects on a Book of Enduring Wisdom

In our third post, our recent graduate Emily Seppelt reflects on a book she read for class that spoke to her passion for activism and public policy.  One highlight of my experience in a religion class this semester was a book we read in Liberation Struggles titled Can I Get a Witness? The book was filled with biographies […]

“Subtle Nuances and Connections:” Religion Major Jaret Glander Reflects on His Courses this Past Year

In our next post, current major Jaret Glander discusses the classes that have effected him the most this past year.  My favorite religion class was Individuals and Morality with Dr. Kessler, where we read the book of Genesis over the semester and analyzed its literary qualities through class discussions. It was cool seeing all of the […]

“A Sense of Understanding:” Olivia Anderson-Blythe (’22) Reflects on Her Years of Courses in the Department

  Our first post comes from graduating senior Olivia Anderson-Blythe. In it, she reflects on her courses in the Department, what she expected, and what lessons she’s taking with her as she leaves Gustavus. We wish her luck on her next adventures! As a religion major, it’s hard to choose a favorite course in the department as I […]

Summer Series: The Courses and Ideas That Our Students Will Most Remember

Congratulations to our 2022 Religion graduates!  The semester is over and summer break has arrived once again! Our Summer Blog Series this year will highlight our Religion undergraduate majors and minors, graduates and returnees. In each of the coming weeks, we’ll give the blog over to one of our students and let them tell you in […]

Dept. of Religion Hosts Regional Religion Conferences

The Department of Religion played host this past weekend (April 1-2) to the annual joint conferences of the Upper Midwest Region’s Society for Biblical Literature (SBL) and American Academy of Religion (AAR). Hosted for the first time in the region’s history at Gustavus Adolphus College, the joint meeting was attended in-person and online by over […]

“I Believe”: Why Christianity Matters — Religion Department Spring Essay Writing Contest

The Religion Department is excited to announce its annual spring essay contest, “‘I Believe’: Why Christianity Matters.”  The essay should be in the genre of apologetics, meaning a historical and theological defense of the Christian faith. (Download the official call here: Apologetics Essay Details 2021-22.) — The Apologetics Award was established in 1994 by a gift from […]

Congratulations to our Senior Theses Writers

The Department of Religion proudly congratulates its four senior theses writers: Olivia Anderson-Blythe, Allison James, Jack Milford, & Teagan Shucker Each senior presented work at the Department’s annual autumn Religion Research Seminar, this year held on Zoom on Thursday, December 9th. Attendees included faculty from the Department, the broader Gustavus community, and many family members and friends, and […]

Religion Department Hosts Social for Majors, Minors, & Interested Students

For the first time in nearly two years, the students and faculty of the Department of Religion came together for a pre-Thanksgiving Social. Organized by the Department’s work study students, Sophie Martinez and Allison James, the evening was a chance to take a break from the semester and enjoy food and conversation. We look forward […]

Podcast: Dr. Thia Cooper on Marcella Althaus-Reid

This past March, Dr. Thia Cooper published Queer and Indecent: An Introduction to the Theology of Marcella Althaus Reid (SCM Press). In June, Dr. Cooper sat down with Liam Miller, of the blog “Love.Rinse.Repeat” to discuss the book.  Here is Liam’s brief summary of their conversation, and a link to the video where you can listen and/or […]

Dr. Ruble’s Sabbatical Project — And a New YouTube Series on Race & Christianity in America

Dr. Sarah Ruble, Professor of Religion and Faculty Director of Assessment at the College, returns from a year’s sabbatical this coming fall. Here’s an update on what she’s been working on — including an exciting new YouTube series on race and Christianity in America, designed specifically for Sunday schools and Adult Ed.   Sabbatical Project My […]


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