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Martha Moore-Keish Receives Lilly Grant


Decatur, GA—Martha Moore-Keish, assistant professor of theology at Columbia Theological Seminary, was awarded a Lilly Theological Scholars Grant by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) for her project, Eucharist and Puja: Exploring Eucharistic Theology and the Practice in South India. She is one of 25 scholars awarded a grant for 2008-2009. Moore-Keish’s project recognizes America’s shifting religious scene and U.S. churches’ strong interest in sacramental renewal. She will explore the complex relationships between Eucharist and culture in new ways and plans to visit south India to investigate Eucharistic theology and practice there. Moore-Keish’s research will include reading theological works not readily available outside of South Asia, and will focus on observing and engaging in Eucharistic practices, as well as talking with contemporary Indian Christian scholars about Eucharistic practice and reflection. She says that she hopes to bring back fresh perspectives on the cultural and sacramental questions that face U.S. Christians today. The ATS Lilly Theological Research Scholars program is supported by a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. This is the eleventh year the grants have been awarded. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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