Center for Faith and Vocation

This video about Butler University’s Center for Faith and Vocation was created to mark the occasion of its 10th anniversary this year. Happy birthday, CFV, and thank you for the privilege of being connected with so much of the great work that you do! [Read more…]

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Travel and Blogging in May

Today I will be leaving for Israel and the West Bank with a group of students from Butler University. I hope to be sharing photos and updates from the trip here at Exploring Our Matrix, as well as on a blog dedicated specifically to that purpose: From Indianapolis to Israel There is also a Facebook [Read More…]

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Full Professor

I just received the official letter that I have been promoted from the rank of associate professor to professor. For those who may not be aware of these aspects of academia, or live in a country where the ranks have different titles, in the United States the system is as follows. The tenure track usually [Read More…]

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Machen League Baseball

Tonight was the final public lecture in our series at Butler University about religion and freedom of expression. The two presenters were Pete Enns and Steve Sanders. Steve spoke about the nature of academic freedom, its history, its contractual character and legal status. Pete spoke mostly from his own experience. Having pointed out the role [Read More…]

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The Hero of Our Own Story

I am grateful to Brandon Withrow for making a guest appearance in my course on religion and freedom of expression yesterday. He and Menachem Wecker have a forthcoming book, Consider No Evil, focusing on religion and academic freedom, which is the fourth and final major topic in this year-long course. They have set up a [Read More…]

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Finding Your Vocation

This video features a Butler graduate, Dr. Stephanie Slemp, who majored in religion, talking about her choice of major, her vocation and career path, and the role that the Center for Faith and Vocation here at Butler University played in her exploration of and reflection on the decisions she made. [Read more…]

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Mr. Putin Goes to Church

On Tuesday, Nadieszda Kizenko, Patrick Michelson, and Paul Valliere spoke at Butler about religion and freedom of expression in Russia, focusing on the now famous case of the punk band Pussy Riot and their “Punk Prayer” video that got so much attention on Facebook. The video of the lecture is now available, and I want to [Read More…]

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The Curator

While some, knowing me, might expect this to be a post about Doctor Who, it isn’t. My colleague Jim Keating had his students work on a website as part of their study of Islam in a Global and Historical Studies core curriculum course. The result is a website called – you guessed it – The [Read More…]

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It Gets Better (from Butler University)

Somehow I missed this video when it first appeared, even though it includes more than one student I know, and one who is a religion major. It always makes me proud to see students I have taught showing the strength of character to be leaders and stand for what is right! [Read more…]

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Lalo – Symphonie Espagnole

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RIP Nelson Mandela

The news is just breaking that former South African president, and famous leader of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, has passed away at age 95. My condolences to his family, my South African friends, and Allan Boesak, colleague at Butler University and director of the new Desmond Tutu Center. [Read more…]

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