The Society for Biblical Literature announces [PDF] that that the 2016 Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship has been awarded to Michael B. Cover (assistant professor of Theology, Judaism, and Christianity in Antiquity, Marquette University) for his paper “The Death of Tragedy: The Form of God in Euripides’ Bacchae and Paul’s Carmen Christi”:

Michael, a member of SBL since 2008, has been teaching at Marquette University since 2014. He is the author of Lifting the Veil: 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 in Light of Jewish Homiletic and Commentary Traditions (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015). He received his PhD from the University of Notre Dame in 2013. Prior to his position with Marquette, Michael was a Lilly Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Valparaiso University. He will deliver his paper at the SBL Annual Meeting in San Antonio, followed by panel responses and general discussion.

The goal of the Achtemeier Award is to stimulate the finest and most penetrating work in New Testament studies and to foster the future of biblical scholarship. To that end, the award is given to a member who has completed her/his doctorate within the last ten years. There is a cash award of $1,000. Papers for this award are evaluated on the basis of three categories:

  • persuasive thesis that engages the New Testament and demonstrates quality of scholarship and significance in the field,
  • clarity of expression and thought, and
  • originality and creativity.

The 2016 Achtemeier Award Committee consisted of Warren Carter (Brite Divinity School), Clare K. Rothschild (Lewis University), and Laurence L. Welborn (Fordham University). The call for papers for the 2017 Paul J. Achtemeier Award will open by October 14, 2016.

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The Episcopal Church Foundation announces its 2016 Fellows:

Elisabeth Kincaid: Elisabeth is a Ph.D. candidate in Moral Theology/Christian Ethics at the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation focuses on reclaiming the theological jurisprudence of the sixteenth-century Spanish theologian and legal scholar, Francisco Suárez, particularly his development of alternative means of resistance to unjust laws. Elisabeth’s goal is to help Christians develop creative and constructive ways to work to advance justice in liberal democracies, while also upholding the rule of law. Elisabeth received her B.A. from Rice University, her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, and her M.T.S. from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She has also practiced law at a national law firm, worked at a private equity fund-of-funds, and served as a graduate campus minister to law and business students. She is married to Thomas, an Episcopal priest, and they have one daughter. She is a frequent contributor to Covenant, the weblog of The Living Church magazine.

Kyle Oliver: Kyle’s ministry supports digital literacy in faith communities. He trained as an engineer, tutor, and editor at the University of Wisconsin before attending Virginia Theological Seminary. For the past four years, he has served as digital missioner in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at VTS and assisting priest at St. Paul’s Parish in Washington and St. Michael’s Church in Manhattan. Kyle writes and teaches widely and has been a developer of the e-Formation Learning Community. He has contributed chapters on young adult development to The Seasons of Adult Faith Formation and on digital media ministry to the forthcoming SPCK Handbook of the Study of Ministry. As an ECF fellow, Kyle will be studying for an Ed.D. in the Communications, Media, and Learning Technologies Design Program at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and working in the Media and Social Change Lab. His continuing mission is to identify and share wise practices for hybrid teaching and learning in faith settings and culturally competent Christian engagement in the new public square.

Derek Minno-Bloom: Derek is working as Trinity Church Asbury Park’s Food Justice organizer. Over the last ten years he has worked on food and housing justice issues with low-income people and people experiencing houselessness, and through his Fellowship will continue to run Trinity’s food pantry and soup kitchen that serves over 30,000 meals a year. Believing that our baptismal covenant calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves, Derek is compelled to help meet the immediate needs of hunger in Asbury Park and to organize at the community level to prevent hunger and injustice in the future. Derek self identifies as a white settler cisgendered male who lives on Sand Hill Nation Lenni Lenape territory known today as Asbury Park, New Jersey, and is part of a solidarity collective called Black Mesa Indigenous Support that works against settler and resource colonialism in joint struggle with the Dineh (Navajo) people who are resisting a forced relocation in northeastern Arizona.

Nedgine Paul: Nedgine is the co-founder & CEO of Anseye Pou Ayiti. A lifelong educator, she returned to her native Haiti to launch and lead Anseye Pou Ayiti — a fellowship program which recruits and trains a new generation of local teacher leaders. She earned her B.A. in History from Yale College and a master’s in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was named a top global social innovator by Echoing Green and was selected for the Forbes list of “30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs.” In partnership with existing primary schools in rural and underserved communities (many of them run by local churches), the desired outcome is to dramatically raise education outcomes, rooted in a deep appreciation for Haitian culture, customs, and community. Anseye Pou Ayiti (APA) will also accelerate our teacher leaders’ impact by fostering a network of fellowship alumni who play diverse roles across Haitian society, but as lifelong advocates of education equity.

The application process for the 2017 ECF Fellowship will open in November.

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