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Theology professor receives writing grant from the Project on Lived Theology

May 11, 2012 | By Nick Alexopulos

John Kiess, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology at Loyola University Maryland, has been chosen to be among nine scholars from across the country who will participate in the Virginia Seminar in Lived Theology. Kiess will also receive funding and research support toward the publication of a book at the conclusion of the seminar.

The seminar, part of the University of Virginia’s Project on Lived Theology, is a theological initiative that offers theologians and scholars of religion an opportunity to work and write in sustained engagement with critical issues in religion and public life. Participants gather once a year over the course of four years to discuss and develop one another’s research. Past seminar participants include noted memoirist Patricia Hampl, Yale professor Carlos Eire (whose Waiting for Snow in Havana won the National Book Award), and Mark Gornik, who recently received the Christianity Today award in Missions/Global Affairs for his book on African churches in New York City.

Kiess’ research focuses on the intersection of religion, politics, and ethics, with a particular emphasis on the ethics of war and peacemaking. His proposed book project for the seminar will address these issues through the lens of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he has done extensive fieldwork among churches and grassroots communities impacted by recent wars.

Kiess earned his Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics at Duke University in 2011. As a George J. Mitchell Scholar, he earned his M.A. in Comparative Ethnic Conflict at Queen’s University Belfast and M.Phil. in Theology from Cambridge University. His first book, Arendt and Theology, will be published in 2013.

More information about the Virginia Seminar in Lived Theology is available here.

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