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Student Profile: Paula Smith

Student Profile: Paula Smith

May 10, 2003

Paula Smith was 33 years old the first time she encountered a female minister. That minister was the Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson, Chaplain of Brown University, who happens to be an alumna of Harvard Divinity School. The two became friends after Smith attended a service at the Newport Congregational Church, where Cooper-Nelson, a minister in the United Church of Christ, was standing in for a vacationing pastor. And the friendship served to fuel Smith's own burgeoning desire to pursue a ministerial vocation.  Read more about Student Profile: Paula Smith

Learning to Present Religion in the Schoolroom

Learning to Present Religion in the Schoolroom

April 19, 2003

At a venerable private school in Massachusetts, some of the best and brightest seniors showed up recently for an advanced course in Islamic studies. The teacher eagerly started off by trying to delve into subjects of Islamic culture and law, but she found that her students could not move away from a simplistic view of the faith as being extreme, radical, and oppressive to women. Read more about Learning to Present Religion in the Schoolroom

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