Department of Religious Studies

Events in the Department of Religious Studies

Upcoming Events in the Department of Religious Studies:

Religious Studies Club Celebrating a Successful Year!

Come join us for a fun evening with guest speaker Howard Cavner on

Tuesday, April 21, 2015,
6:30-8:30 p.m. in Strong 004

Mr. Cavner, from the United Ministries in Higher Education,
will show a video and talk about making the connection between
your major/minor and your career.
Everyone is invited to attend!

Religious Studies Club members are invited
to share pizza that same night before the talk:

Tuesday, April 21, 5:30-6:30
in the Religious Studies Lounge, Strong 256

A representative from the Career Center will give a presentation!

Contact Becca or Dr. Pulleyking if you plan to attend!

All Missouri State University students are welcome to join the MSU Religious Studies Club.  

T-SHIRTS ARE HERE!!! Only $12 each (cash only) - contact Becca for more information!

 Religious Studies Club T-shirts

Contact Becca or Micki to find out more and to join upcoming activities.

South Asian Religion Conference

Religious Studies scholars from regional universities will present talks on a variety of topics related to Religion in South Asia on Friday, March 20, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in PSU 317.  All presentations are free and open to the public.  See the poster here and the program here.

Dr. Jim Moyer's Retirement Reception

After 45 years at Missouri State University, Dr. Jim Moyer, Professor of Relgious Studies (Old Testament/Hebrew Bible) and former Religious Studies Department Head, will retire at the end of the spring semester.  Please join us for a reception on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 4:00-5:30 p.m. in PSU Union Club Room 400 to thank Jim for his service to the University and wish him well!  See the flyer here.



LINKED, Missouri State's Interfaith Dialogue & Service Club has several projects planned this semester!

Check out  the facebook page, for more information or contact Samantha


Events for MSU Students at the Career Center in Spring 2015!

The Career Center at Missouri State University offers several opportunities throughout the academic year for students to create/improve a resume, meet prospective employers, practice their interview skills, and network, among other career-related activities. Please take advantage of the expertise and guidance that MSU's Career Center offers!

 Check out the Career Center Events Here!


Events at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics of interest to MSU students of Religious Studies:

All events to be held at the Danforth Center,
Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Click here for the Spring 2015 Danforth Center Event Schedule


Previous Events Spring 2015:

New Testament Miracles: Are They Historically Plausible? Dr. Craig S. Keener public lecture Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

C. S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters: A Short Study

MSU Religious Studies Associate Professor Dr. Leslie Baynes discussed the C. S. Lewis' book, Screwtape Letters, at First and Calvary Church, 820 East Cherry, during February. 

Previous Events Fall 2014:

Saturday, 18 October 2014, 5:00-8:00 p.m., 9th Annual Religious Studies Student and Alumni Homecoming Potluck Dinner

Wednesday, 24 September 2014, 12:15-1:15 p.m, Campus Ministers Appreciation Luncheon

The Department of Religious Studies faculty and staff appreciate our Campus Ministers for all they do for our students and Missouri State University. Many thanks to our amazing caterer, Brenda Castaldo, as well as Bev Franklin and the staff at Catholic Campus Ministry for allowing us to use their facilities again this year. Special thanks to Dr. Jim Moyer for 45 years at Missouri State!

Passages: Treasures of the Bible Field Trip!  Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 3:30-6:00 p.m.

Students, faculty, staff, and guests visited the Passages Exhibit.

Previous Events Spring 2014:

Passages: Treasures of the Bible Field Trip!  Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Students, faculty, staff, and guests visited the Passages Exhibit, which will continue to January 2015.  Another visit in the fall semester is an option; more information to be posted then.  For more about Passages, click here!

A Question of Habit Film Screening, May 5, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at Meyer Library

Interfaith Vigil Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at National Avenue Christian Church

Students and community members gathered to honor the victims of the hate crimes perpetrated in Kansas City and demonstrate the power of interfaith cooperation and compassion; sponsored by MSU's Linked and Hillel student organizations

Holocaust Remembrance Day Event with guest speaker Ken Elkins, MSU Religious Studies instructor

Friday, April 25, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., LINKED Interfaith Jeopardy!
Monday, April 21, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., Holocaust Remembrance Day Event
"Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home" by Ethan Bensinger will be shown, followed by a discussion led by Mr. Ken Elkins, adjunct professor of Religious Studies at MSU.

Refuge is a one-hour documentary that reaches back more than 75 years to give a voice to the last generation of Central European, Jewish Holocaust survivors and refugees.

February 4, 2014: 5:00 p.m., "Liar? Lunatic? Lord?"  Dr. Leslie Baynes discussed the use of scripture in C. S. Lewis'  famous "Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?" argument. Sponsored by the MSU Philosophy Club.

Previous Events Fall 2013:

November 6, 2013: 7:00 p.m., A Woman's Glory: A Comparative Study of the Spiritual Experiences and Gendered Lives of Women in Two Pentecostal Communities in the USA and New Zealand

Guest lecturer Sherrema Bower, Ph.D. Candidate in Social Anthropology at the University of Otago, New Zealand and currently a Visiting Graduate Student at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, gave a free public lecture in Strong Hall while here in Springfield doing research in the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center archive and interviewing women in the Assemblies of God.

October 19, 2013: MSU Religious Studies Annual Students and Alumni Homecoming Potluck Dinner

October, 2013: Stomp Out Hunger: All-Collegiate Shoe Drive

MSU, in cooperation with Drury, OTC, Evangel, and SBU, benefiting Sole Food, a program of Friends Against Hunger.  Students, faculty, staff, and friends dropped off used shoes to be reused/recycled and the money earned to provide food for needy families.  

Thursday, 3 October 2013, 7:00 p.m., Righteous Rhetoric: Sex, Speech, and the New Christian Right

Guest lecturer Dr. Leslie Dorrough Smith, MSU Religious Studies alumna and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Avila University, Kansas City, MO

Thursday, 3 October 2013, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Outward Adornment: (Ad)dressing Antebellum Protestants

MSU Religious Studies Professor Dr. Martha FInch presented her research as part of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs Research Forum

Tuesday, 1 October 2013, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Conversation with Dr. Gabriel Barkay

Thanks to everyone who attended our informal conversation with noted Israeli archaeologist, Dr. Gabriel Barkay, MSU Professor Dr. John Strong, and Evangel Professor Dr. Wave Nunnally.

Monday, 23 September 2013, 12:00-1:00 p.m, Campus Ministers Appreciation Luncheon

The Department of Religious Studies faculty and staff appreciate our Campus Ministers for all they do for our students and Missouri State University. Many thanks to our amazing caterer, Brenda Castaldo, as well as Bev Franklin and the staff at Catholic Campus Ministry for allowing us to use their facilities again this year.  

Thursday, 22 August 2013, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Pizza with the Profs

Our new REL Graduate Program Director, Dr. Martha Finch, welcomes MSU Religious Studies graduate students and their guests with an informational meeting and free pizza!

Previous Events Spring 2013: 

Tuesday, 26 February 2013, 7:00 p.m., guest speaker Eva Mozes Kor

Here's a brief video from Eva Mozes Kor's talk Tuesday night, 26 February, in McDonald Arena: Auschwitz Holocaust Survivor Speaks to Crowded House at MSU (thanks to Ashley Ketz at Missouri State University and for for posting this!)  And to hear a radio show with MSU's Nicki Donnelson and Eva Mozes Kor, click here: Eva Mozes Kor Radio Show Part 1 and Eva Mozes Kor Radio Show Part 2.

Monday, 25 March 2013, 5:30 p.m., guest speaker Dr. Steven Ozment

Dr. Steven Ozment, MacLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University, presented a guest lecture on "Art in the Service of Religion and Belief: Cranach's Painting of Luther's Theology" Monday evening.  Dr. Ozment is the author of ten books, most recently The Serpent and the Lamb: Cranach, Luther, and the Making of the Reformation, which tells the story of the German Renaissance and Reformation through the lives of two controversial men of the sixteenth century: the artist Lucas Cranach (the Serpent) and the reformer Martin Luther (the Lamb).  Their collaborative successes merged art and religion into a revolutionary force that became the Protestant Reformation.

Tuesday, 2 April, 4:00 p.m. in Strong 205, guest speaker Dominiece Hoelyfield

Ms. Dominiece Hoelyfield, Career Resource Specialist from the Missouri State University Career Center, gave a presentation to Religious Studies students on "Wondering what you can do with a degree in Religious Studies?"  Ms. Hoelyfield described careers and career paths specifically related to the field and included information on internships that students may pursue during college to facilitate their career goals. She suggested students contact the Career Center to find out more information: 417-836-5636, Carrington Hall 309,

Friday and Saturday, 5-6 April, at Drury University: Subverting the Norm II: Can Postmodern Theology Live in the Churches?

Free for faculty and students! Our very own senior instructor Dr. Micki Pulleyking and MSU Religious Studies M.A. alumni Krista Dalton, Matt Gallion, and Darryl Schafer, as well as MSU alumni Hal Brower and Rev. Dr. Phil Snider, will be participating in the panels. Please see for more information.

Thursday, 11 April 2013, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Public Affairs Conference panel, "Inclusion, Excellence -- and Religion?"

Monday, 22 April 2013, 7:30 p.m., guest speaker Dr. Darren Grem

Dr. Darren Grem, Assistant Professor of History and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi and the author of the forthcoming Corporate Revivals: A Business History of Born-Again America (which includes a section on Chick-fil-A and Christian capitalism), presented a talk Monday in Carrington 208 on "Of Chicken Sandwiches and the Christian Right: The World of Chick-fil-A."  The event was well attended by students and members of the community, nearly filling Carrington Theater.  The following day, Dr. Grem presented an informal talk on his current research on the Dust Bowl to Religious Studies graduate students and faculty.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013, 3:30-4:30 p.m., panel with Dr. John Schmalzbauer, Harrison King, and Sarah Riccardi

Dr. John Schmalzbauer, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, along with Graduate Assistants Harrison King and Sarah Riccardi, participated in a panel, "Be Bold, Be Brief, Be Witty, Be Seated: How to Present a Paper at an Academic Conference."  The three discussed how to prepare for presenting papers at conferences in the Humanities and students from several disciplines attended the panel.

Friday, 17 May 2013, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Religious Studies Graduation Reception

Congratulations to all of our Religious Studies BA, BS, and MA graduates for Summer 2012, Fall 2012, and Spring 2013!