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Steven McFarland (MA'03) has been named Chief Communications Officer at Chicago Theological Seminary, located just steps from the UChicago campus. In this role, he will advance the seminary's image and engage communities in the fight for social justice.
Garry Sparks (MDiv 2004, PhD 2011), Associate Professor of Religious Studies at George Mason University, has published his second book: Rewriting Maya Religion: Domingo de Vico, K’iche’ Maya Intellectuals, and the Theologia Indorum, from the University Press of Colorado (2020). "Sparks traces how the first Dominican missionaries to the Maya repurposed native religious ideas, myths, and rhetoric in their efforts to translate a Christianity and how, in this wake, K’iche’ Maya elites began to write their own religious texts, like the Popol Vuh. This ethnohistory of religion critically reexamines the role and value of indigenous authority during the early decades of first contact between a Native American people and Christian missionaries."
He was also a 2019-2020 recipient of an AAR Collaborative International Research Grant
J. Ronald Engel, PhD’77, Professor Emeritus at Meadville/Lombard Theological School, was recently honored with a festschrift to celebrate his years of service and dedication to academia. The forth coming volume, published by Edgar Elgar Publishing (Northampton MA USA), is titled The Crisis in Global Ethics and the Future of Global Governance: Fulfilling the Promise of the Earth Charter and edited by Peter Burdon, Klaus Bosselmann and Kirsten Engel.