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Three Columbia Theological Seminary Faculty Members Receive Research Awards


Decatur, GA.— Marcia Y. Riggs, Kathleen M. O’Connor, and Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi, members of the faculty of Columbia Theological Seminary, in Decatur, GA, have received research awards for 2004-2005. Riggs, the J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics, has received a grant from The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion to complete a project titled “Teaching as a Practice of Cross-Cultural Encounter.” The project examines sources and dynamics of culture and conflict in seminary classrooms and proposes a pedagogy for nurturing a culture of moral courage in the classroom, thus enabling both teachers and students to “live into the tensions” of cultural diversity. O'Connor, the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, has been named a Henry Luce Fellow for 2004-2005 by the Association of Theological Schools. She will receive a grant to support her study of the Book of Jeremiah in a project titled “The Moral Formation of the Community After Disaster.” Cardoza-Orlandi, associate professor of world Christianity, has been selected by the Association of Theological Schools to receive a Lilly Theological Scholars Grant for “The Global Christianity Project: Movement, Growth, and Vitality of the Christian Religion.” The Global Christianity Project (GCP) is a research/audio visual project that examines the demographic transformations of the Christian religion on the basis of their historical, regional and theological developments. 

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