Monastic Worlds

Rabia Gregory shared her experiences taking students from Mizzou and UMKC to monasteries in Missouri and Kansas at the International Congress on Medieval Studies this May.  She and a group of faculty from Mizzou and UMKC were awarded funding by the UM System to develop Monastic Worlds, a new experiential learning course that introduces students


Dr. Carrie Duncan was the Assistant Director of an archeological dig in Jordan last summer, and she writes: “We had a very exciting season at the ‘Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project in 2017, focusing on the excavation of a small church built in the middle of our 4th century Roman fort.


Thanks to Dr. Rabia Gregory, the Department of Religious Studies has been awarded $30,000 from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, which is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.

Bob Flanagan

Our beloved colleague, teacher, mentor, and friend Dr. Bob Flanagan retired this past spring after teaching Religious Studies at Mizzou for 34 years. During his years at Mizzou, Bob played a positive and essential role in the lives of generations of students.

Congratulations to Kate Kelley, whose online course REL ST 3451-W, Religion and Science Fiction (Writing Intensive) has been selected to receive the College-level Course Award during the 2017 ADEIL (Association for Distance Learning and Independent Learning) World Conference in Toronto! 

The faculty of the Department of Religious Studies is disturbed by the recent news that two MU students have been arrested on suspicion of ongoing harassment of another student with anti-Semitic taunts dating back to August.


Religious Studies faculty, including professors Amponsah, Callahan, Duncan, and Gregory, Kelley, and Lawless participated in the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Biblical Literature in November. Alumns Adam Miller and Emily Clark also presented their work.

The Department of Religious Studies affirms the value of diversity and inclusion on our campus and in our society. This week marks the first anniversary of powerful events at this University and also the end of a divisive election season.