M.Div. alum Melissa Bennett was named program coordinator of the Native American Student Community Center at Portland State University in October 2013.
Join the Department of Graduate Religious Studies for presentation of Master's Thesis-Projects
by the 2013 candidates for the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts of Applied Theology
2013 M.Div. and MAAT candidates
As the culmination of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies, the Master of Divinity and Master of Applied Theology students enter into a thesis program. The thesis/project has broad theoretical scope as well as applicability to specific area. According the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) accreditation guidelines, students will address these content areas as preparation for the thesis: religious heritage, cultural context, spiritual formation and the capacity for leadership. The thesis portion offers evidence of the candidate's ability to analyze and evaluate materials on their topic and to write clearly and cogently. In the project section the student creates a real-world application related to the thesis topic.
During the year-long process, the student works with a thesis adviser who is primarily responsible for assisting the student in the completion of the thesis-project. The student also selects a thesis reader, a person who is an expert in the subject matter of the student's thesis/project. The reader must be approved by a thesis committee, which is composed of the student's thesis adviser, the chair of the Department of Religious Studies, and the Religious Studies staff faculty.
In the spring of the thesis year, the student submits the final draft to the thesis committee for review. Approval of the completed thesis by the committee is required for conferral of the graduate degree.
Prior to the June hooding ceremony and commencement, the Graduate Religious Studies students and faculty gather for a presentation of the Master's Thesis-Projects of the year's M.Div. and MAAT candidates. The day provides the opportunity for graduating students to share with the learning community the outcome of their work in the thesis program.
- Leslie Chartier
Reclaiming Sabbath for a New Millennium: Connecting with the Holy by Disconnecting from the Fast-Paced World
- William Coddington
Is One Lifetime Enough to Live? Transmigration of the Soul Through Reincarnation in Hinduism
- Elizabeth Simson Durant
Biblical Interpretation Beyond the Pale: Embodied Readings of Scripture that Work for Racial Justice
- Ellen Eischen
A Thorn in the Flesh: On Paul, L'Arche, and the Spirituality of Weakness
- Naomi Elmore
Acceptance, Trust, Compassion: A Healing Balm in the Process of Loss
- Arlene Harouff
Belief, Practice and Ritual—Then and Now: History and Theology of the Three Affiliated Tribes
- William Johnsen
The Stories Behind the Story of the Magi
- Kevin Lawson
Coming Out: Sacred Journey to Wholeness and Self-Embodied Spirituality
- Ashley Whitham
Teaching by Example: Emma Hale Smith Bidamon as Exemplar for Community of Christ Theology
2013 Candidates for Master of Arts in Applied Theology
- Lisa Naas Cook
Restoring a Rhythm of Sacred Rest in a 24/7 World: An Exploration of Technology Sabbath and Connection to the Earth Community
- Victoria Macpherson
I Am Eating Misery: Inviting Christian Compassion to the Table
- Daniel Miller
Coming to Self Through Story: The Journey to Wholeness
- Elizabeth Rose
Toward Wholeness and Growth: A Theological Reflection of Our Time
- Carol Roth
Where Heaven and Earth Meet: Theological Explorations of Catholic, Lakota and Near-Death Experiences of Mystical Union with God