McMurry Professors, Students Gain Recognition

  Gary Ellison
  Monday, April 27, 2015 2:03 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Dr. Bryan Stewart, Associate Professor of Religion at McMurry University, recently had his first book published: Priests of My People: Levitical Paradigms for Early Christian Ministers, Patristic Studies series, vol. 11 (New York: Peter Lang, 2015). Through an examination of Christian texts from the third and fourth century, this book offers an innovative examination of the question: why did early Christians begin calling their ministerial leaders “priests” (using the Greek and Latin terms hiereus/sacerdos)?

Dr. Philip LeMasters, Professor of Religion and Director of the Honors Program at McMurry University, presented a paper entitled “Praxis and the Poor: Latin American Liberation Theology and Eastern Orthodox Social Ethics in Dialogue” at the Fifth International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society at the University of California at Berkeley on April 17.

McMurry University Honors student Candace Boehm '16, a junior double majoring in Psychology and Sociology from Hot Springs, AR, presented a paper entitled “The Use of Yoga-Based Therapy for Increasing Mind-Body Awareness Within Eating Disorder Patients: A Review at both the Great Plains Regional Honors Conference, hosted by the University of Texas-Pan American, April 10-12 and the 21st Annual Student Conference for Research & Creative Arts at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, April 13-16.

McKenzie Fergus, a religion major from Abilene who will graduate in August 2015, has been accepted into Yale Divinity School this fall on a full tuition scholarship.

Seven outstanding students from the McMurry University Kinesiology Department were inducted into the national fraternity of Phi Epsilon Kappa on Sunday, April 26 at a luncheon in the President's Dining Room.  Inductees for 2015 are LaNissa Burns '16 of Austin, TX; David McHugh '16 of Portland, TX, Spenser Patterson '15 of Mansfield, TX; Matt McHugh '16 of Portland, TX; Amber Pitcher '16 of Hawley, TX; Justin Arroyo '17 of Houston, TX, and Lauren Duran '15 of Abilene, TX. Phi Epsilon Kappa Fraternity is a national professional fraternity for persons engaged in or pursuing careers in physical education, health, recreation, dance, human performance, exercise science, sports medicine and sports management. 

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