Henry Luce III Fellows
Selected Project Profiles
The Luce Foundation’s Theology Program encourages the development of religious leaders through theological education, and fosters scholarship that links the academy to religious communities and other audiences. Support has focused on accredited seminaries and divinity schools in the United States, institutions that prepare leaders for religious institutions and the broader society.
A key priority of the Theology Program is support for new models of theological education to prepare leaders for service in a religiously plural world. Grants have promoted a number of approaches, including seminars for faculty, field experience and internships for students, the development of new curricula, and visiting professorships. The emphasis is on engagement with and respect for the lived religion of others.
Other long-standing interests of the Theology Program include the relationships of religion and the arts, Asian religions, and world Christianity. The Theology Program occasionally provides support for other projects of religious scholarship as well, such as the collecting, editing, and publishing of the papers of Jonathan Edwards and Howard Thurman.
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Program Director: Dr. Jonathan VanAntwerpen—
Prior to joining the Luce foundation, Jonathan served on the staff of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), where he was the founder and director of the Religion and the Public Sphere program, editor-in-chief of The Immanent Frame, and the director of the recently launched Digital Culture program. Originally trained at Calvin College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he received his doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Jonathan is coeditor of a set of edited volumes on secularism, religion, and public life, and has for the past several years been a visiting scholar at New York University's Institute for Public Knowledge.
Program Assistant: Ms. Elizabeth Brennan
Elizabeth was hired as an Administrative Assistant in 1993. She had graduated with a degree in advertising art and computer graphics. After working for six years in sales and then for six years in insurance, she was drawn to the non-profit field. In previous years, she has assisted in many of areas of the Foundation, including Higher Education, the Henry R. Luce Professorship Program, Asia, the US-China Cooperative Program, the Luce Fund for Asian Studies, Public Affairs, and Administration and Finance.
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