Editor’s note: Updated October 11, 2019
We have great news to share about our previously announced partnership with Sacred Writes — three scholars have been selected to work with us to publish articles reflecting their research on three distinct topics. The Faithfully Magazine team, along with our Editorial Advisor, selected their pitches for a variety of reasons but mostly because of the scholars’ obvious passion and clear focus on each topic.
Without any further ado, here are Faithfully Magazine’s inaugural Sacred Writes partner scholars for 2019:
Richard Newton, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. His areas of interest include theory and method in the study of religion, African American history, the New Testament in Western imagination, American cultural politics, and pedagogy in religious studies.
Newton’s goal for the “Forgotten History” topic is “to discuss how the most recent debate over sexuality in the United Methodist Church may be better understood in relation to the denomination’s reluctant inclusion of non-white persons.” (Follow him on Twitter)
Read Dr. Newton’s essay: Less Than United: the People of the United Methodist Church
Tia Noelle Pratt, Ph.D., is a sociologist of religion specializing in the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. Dr. Pratt is currently the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at the Aquinas Center in Philadelphia, PA. Her research focuses primarily on systemic racism in the Catholic Church and its impact on African-American Catholic identity.
Pratt aims to explore themes from her book project on systemic racism in the Catholic Church with specific emphasis on African-American Catholics that closely align with the topic of “White Supremacy as Normative.” (Follow her on Twitter)
Todne Thomas, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of African American Religions at Harvard Divinity School. In collaboration with Afro-Caribbean and African American congregants, Thomas conducts ethnographic research on the racial, spatial, and familial dynamics of Black Christian communities in the U.S.
Thomas has proposed for the “Spotlight” theme an “article about evangelical family values, race, and the election of Donald Trump,” tentatively titled, “Are Evangelical Family Values for White People? Pre- and Post Trump Evangelical Views.” (Follow her on Twitter)
We are excited to work with these scholars and look forward to sharing their timely and important work with you in the coming months!