"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 will explore the myriad ways in which "Religion Matters" today. You can look forward to a range of sessions on "the rich, diverse, and complicated public implications of religious belief."
We invite you to submit a paper or poster proposal - see
Fr. David Balas, O.Cist., 1929-2014
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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through February, 2017
President: Eric Mitchell,
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Vice President: Renate Viveen Hood,
University of Mary Hardin Baylor
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.
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.