Monthly Archives: September 2012

September 30: IPS and USCCB collaborate to Tweet the Bible

Check out the press release for this exciting initiative celebrating the Feast of St. Jerome:

Follow us on Twitter: @LoyolaIPS

Department of Religious Studies, Northwestern University, Graduate Student Conference, Oct. 12-14

Department of Religious Studies, Northwestern University
Religion and the Trans-…
Graduate Student Conference
October 12-14, 2012

The Northwestern University Department of Religious Studies is pleased to invite you to a graduate student conference on “Religion and the Trans-…” in Evanston, IL on October 12–14, 2012.
Our conference will focus on the emergent understanding of boundaries in the interdisciplinary study of religion – whether they are political, cultural, or intellectual – as permeable and transformative.  Keynote speakers, panelists, and attendees will engage in conversations about the crossing of geographic and conceptual borders, and on “the trans” as a productive space for the study of lived religions.

Keynote addresses from three exemplary theorists of religion and the trans will frame our conversation over the course of the weekend:

  • Thomas Tweed (Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin)
  • Thomas Csordas (Anthropology, University of California, San Diego)
  • Elizabeth Shakman Hurd (Political Science, Northwestern University)

Twenty-three graduate student presenters will join our keynote speakers, representing a variety of disciplines and speaking on topics as wide-ranging as globalizing Catholicism, translating Islamic cosmology in China, transmitting religious values in Hindu summer camps, and the transnational intertwining of Persian mysticism and Black activism. 

            Conference website and to register:

Please join us for this graduate student conference at Northwestern University, October 12–14, for an exploration of the study of religion and the transnational, transcultural, transformative, and transcendent.

Co-sponsored by the American Academy of Religion

MASJCD student starts IPS Relay for Life team

Tonei Glavinic, a first year MASJCD student, has just started an IPS Relay for Life team. If you’re interested in either joining the team or supporting the cause, please see the below note and link from Tonei. Thanks!

Hi all,

I started an IPS team for Relay for Life this morning. If you’re not familiar with it, Relay is the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society and the largest fundraiser in the world. It culminates in a 12-hour overnight event where teams gather and play games, raise money, and walk laps around a track, representing the idea that “cancer never sleeps, so for one night, neither do we.” 

The central ideals of the event are celebrating successes, remembering those we’ve lost to cancer, and fighting back by raising money to further research, advocacy, and direct services. My mom is undergoing cancer treatment in Seattle right now, and ACS has offered significant support to her directly in addition to the indirect benefits of its larger efforts. If you’d be willing to help me support their work, I would really appreciate it.

Registration is $10, and since we’re the first team signed up on the website, it won’t take much for us to look really impressive. Let’s show ’em what we’ve got!


Fondly remembering former IPS faculty member Stephen Schmidt

Former IPS professor of religious education, Stephen A. Schmidt, Ed.D., age 79, of River Forest; beloved husband of Hildegarde “Gick” nee Rehwaldt; loving father of Elizabeth (Douglas Swartz) Schmidt, Deborah Schmidt (Christopher) Rogers, Stephen (Arlene Sweeney-Schmidt) Schmidt and Ruth (Kevin Zamzow) Schmidt; cherished grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of one; dear brother of Herbert (Grace) Schmidt and Henrietta (the late Harold) Kieschnick; fond uncle of many.

Dr. Schmidt, a Professor of Religious Studies, taught at Concordia Teachers College, Mundelein College, and the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University, Chicago. His funeral service was held on Thursday, September 6.  The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorials to Institute of Pastoral Studies, 820 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 or Grace Lutheran Church and School, School Fund would be appreciated.

Professor Schmidt joined the Institute of Pastoral Studies faculty in 1991.  In 1994 he was appointed the coordinator of the Center of Evangelization, Catechesis and Religious Education at the Institute of Pastoral Studies.   A prolific writer, he wrote extensively in many areas, dealing with topics such as religious education, catechesis in a changing world, campus ministry, teaching, church leadership and living with chronic illness.   Dr. Schmidt also served as editor of Stauros magazine.  As Graduate Program Director of the Master of Religious Education degree,  (1994-1998)  Stephen was involved in proposing new curriculum and meeting the needs of the student population composed of both experienced religious educators and those new to the profession.

Though Stephen ended his full time tenured position with Loyola in 1999, neither Loyola or the Institute of Pastoral Studies was ever far from his thoughts.  He intended to stay involved and he did.  We are filled with great gratitude for his teaching relationship with IPS which remained one of support and encouragement over the years.  His leadership and friendship will be missed.

We invite each of our alumni to contribute memories of how Professor Stephen Schmidt touched your life.