Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology

Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology

Deadline: December 2

NB: This fellowship is available to full-time faculty at ATS-accredited or candidate schools.

The Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology program is designed to encourage high-quality research that promises both to contribute to theological inquiry and to provide leadership in theological scholarship. Since its inception in 1994, the program has funded intellectually rigorous research projects that emphasize the interdisciplinary character of theological scholarship and education, and address the needs of the academy, communities of faith, and the wider society. The fellowship enables each Fellow to conduct year-long research in one of several areas of theological inquiry. In addition, Fellows present their findings at a yearly conference, and in both scholarly and popular journals.

  • Bible and the Church: to probe the theological dimensions of Scripture in its historical contexts and how these dimensions relate to and inform current religious and societal issues.
  • Christianity and Contemporary Culture: to explore the moral and ethical dimensions and challenges of Christianity in contemporary North American culture(s).
  • Constructive Theology: to examine theological perspectives that address critical issues relevant to congregational and public life.
  • History of Christianity and the Church Today: to investigate the history of Christian practices and thought and the implications they have for contemporary Christian communities.
  • Ministry and Practice of Communities of Faith: to assess the impact that past or present practices of ministry and leadership (e.g., congregational life, worship, homiletics, counseling) have on church life today.

Other: invites proposals that, while not precisely addressing any of the above categories, meet the general goals of the Luce Fellows program. A proposal in this category should attend to the following three goals: (1) offer a significant and innovative contribution to theological studies, meeting high scholarly standards, (2) enhance the theological understanding of people of faith and enrich the experience of church life in North America, and (3) develop ways for scholarship to inform contemporary culture. Particular attention in this category will be given to proposals that (a) engage Christianity’s dialogue with world religions, reflecting on Christian identity and mission in the world today or (b) explore the role of the imagination in the life of the church, in the expression (past or present) of religious belief and experience in worship, education, and/or the arts (e.g., poetry, painting, photography, dance, sculpture, music, literature, etc.).

Interdisciplinary research and research appropriate to the multiple audiences and diverse discourses of theological scholarship are particularly encouraged. Applicants to The Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology program must be full-time faculty at ATS accredited or candidate schools.

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