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in October. On Nov. 20 he presented the paper “Generic Reading Practices and Early Canonical Interpretation” at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in San Francisco.

MARK CHAVES received an $850,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment to launch the third wave of the National Congregations Study (NCS), a survey of a nationally representative sample of religious congregations from across the religious spectrum, which will be fielded in 2012. He delivered an invited lecture and led an all-day workshop, “Contributing to Knowledge in the Sociology of Religion,” for the Institut de Sciences Sociales des Religions Contemporaines and the Swiss Foundation for Research in Social Sciences, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, in December. In April Chaves gave the plenary address, “Religious Trends in the United States,” at the University of Chicago Divinity School’s 2012 Conference on Ministry. His book American Religion: Contemporary Trends (Princeton, 2011) was named the best book on “Christianity and Culture” by Christianity Today .

SUSAN EASTMAN published “Reading Scripture in the Light of Christ: Matthew 12:1-8; Luke 24:44-49” in Communicating the Word: Revelation, Translation, and Interpretation in Christianity and Islam , edited by David Marshall (Georgetown University Press, 2011).

CURTIS W. FREEMAN published A Company of Women Preachers: Baptist Prophetesses in Seventeenth-Century England (Baylor University Press, 2011). He also participated in the planning sessions for a multi-year series of conversations between the Baptist World Alliance and the Pentecostal World Fellowship, and in the meeting of the North American Baptist Fellowship Board in Falls Church, Va.

MARY MCCLINTOCK FULKERSON published The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology , co-edited with Sheila Briggs (2011), and “Interpreting a Situation: When is ‘Empirical’ also ‘Theological’?” in Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography , edited by Pete Ward (Eerdmans, 2012). She contributed to three panel discussions at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting in San Francisco: “Gender Differences, Ritual Practices, and Religious Traditions,” a discussion of Teresa Berger’s Gender Differences and the Making of Liturgical History: Lifting a Veil on Liturgy’s Past ; “Feminist Theology and Globalization: A Review of Sheila Briggs’ and Mary McClintock Fulkerson’s Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology ”; and “Transformative Feminist and Womanist Trajectories in the Traditions of John Calvin and Martin Luther.” At the Society of Christian Ethics annual meeting in Washington, D.C., she participated in a panel discussion of Ethnography as Christian Theology and Ethic s by Chris Scharen and Aana Marie Vigen. She preached at the Covenant Network National Conference on Reconciliation held in Durham, N.C.; and she lectured on “Contesting the Ban on Gay Marriage: Biblical and Theological Reasons” at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Durham, N.C.

PAUL GRIFFITHS published “Which Are the Words of Scripture?” in Theological Studies and “From Curiosity to Studiousness: Catechizing the Appetite for Knowledge” in Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning , edited by David I. Smith and James K.A. Smith (Eerdmans, 2011). He served as respondent to Peter Ochs and Eleonore Stump at an American Academy of Religion/Society of Christian Philosophers panel on scriptural hermeneutics at the annual meeting in November. Earlier that month, in Chapel Hill, N.C., he delivered the lecture “John Paul II on Art and Artists” to the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. He also spoke on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body at the annual diocesan convocation; Gerard Manley Hopkins and Flannery O’Connor at the Lilly Foundation’s Graduate Fellows Program in Indianapolis, Ind.; and the current state of play in the academic study of religion at a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar for college teachers, held in Charlottesville, Va.

STEPHEN GUNTER presented a plenary address, “The Absence of Arminius in Wesleyan-Arminian Theology,” at “Rethinking Arminius: Wesleyan and Reformed Theology for the Church Today,” a conference of the Wesleyan Center, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, Feb. 24-25. He also led Bible studies on “Sin and Sanctification in Romans 8” at the National Congress on Evangelism in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 4-6.

RICHARD HAYS delivered a paper “Critical Response to Feldmeier and Spieckermann, God of the Living ” and participated in a panel on Seeking the Identity of Jesus: A Pilgrimage (edited by B.R. Gaventa and R.B. Hays) in dialogue with Key Events in the Life of the Historical Jesus (edited by D. Bock and R. Webb) at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in November. He presented the Chuen King Lectures at Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Oct. 17-21, and six lectures on “Israel’s Scriptures through the Eyes of the Gospel Writers” Jan. 16-26 as