Thank You for Attending SWCRS 2017

"Religion Matters"

 Held March 10-12, 2017

Marriott Hotel DFW Airport North, Irving, TX


2017 Program Available Here


As good stewards of our resources, SWCRS will now provide paper copies of the program at the meeting and avoid the cost of mailing them. The program is published here electronically, and the meeting app will soon be available as well. We appreciate your support of this initiative.


"If I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion, because that's how integrated it is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today."
—John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State

The now famous comments of John Kerry have resonated deeply with faith-based leaders around the world, with those who study and teach Religious Studies in colleges and universities, and with citizens who take seriously the role of religion in public life. The SWCRS 2017 program explored the myriad ways in which "Religion Matters" today. There were a range of sessions on "the rich, diverse, and complicated public implications of religious belief."

We look forward to seeing you at SWCRS 2018,

where the focus will be "Religious Experience Then and Now" 





The commission requests information regarding members who have died in the past year. 








The Southwest Commission on Religious Studies was established in 1974 to encourage, support, and coordinate scholarly activities in the field of religious studies in the Southwest. The Commission comprises the regional American Academy of Religion, American Schools of Oriental Research, Association for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Society of Biblical Literature.


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SWCRS Officers

through February, 2018

President: Renate Viveen Hood,
University of Mary Hardin Baylor

Vice President: Stacy Patty,
Lubbock Christian University

Executive Secretary: Richard J. Bautch,
St. Edward's University




Donations and Online Payments

The SWCRS Paypal Site provides a convenient way for group member registration payments, as well as for gifts to the commission and sponsorship payments.   Your support provides important funds for annual meeting expenses, student and retiree discounts, special workshops, and the grants and awards programs.



Group Registrations

The registration site does not accept group registrations, but advanced registration for groups may be completed by emailing the names, institution, affiliated organization, and type (faculty, student).  Payment can be completed either by paying directing through the SWCRS Paypal Site or by paying onsite at the meeting.