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New Book Explores the Intersections of Faith and Religion on College Campuses

February 15, 2018

The Publishing Office of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), leadership development agency for the denomination, announced the release of a new book, “Intersections: Faith, Church, and the Academy.” Mark E. Hanshaw, Ph.D., J.D., and Timothy S. Moore, D.Min., MLitt., general editors. “Intersections” shows the innovation and inspired engagement happening on United Methodist-related colleges and universities. While crafted to serve the needs of church leaders, administrators, and faculty, students are the most important audience for this volume, because they are best positioned to reshape our world in ways that respond to the increased diversity within our communities. 

As colleges and universities strive to educate students for leadership in communities, businesses, churches, governments, and other environments, these future leaders must also prepare for interfaith cooperation in an increasingly religiously pluralistic world. Through a variety of themed essays, the book explores the effect that engagements or intersections between individuals of diverse faith backgrounds and belief systems may have on campuses, communities and students. “Intersections” specifically examines how faith-based institutions can respond to religious diversity on campus

Hanshaw serves as the associate general secretary of the Division of Higher Education at GBHEM. Moore is the director of Donor Development for Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Contributors include Kent Andersen, Wesley Ariarajah, Eva Semien Baham, Gladys Childs, Nathan Eric Dickman, Hans Gustafson, Dennis Hall, Mark E. Hanshaw, Timothy S. Moore, Eboo Patel, Chad Pevateaux, Nicholas Rademacher, Carolyn Roncolato, Jikyo Schoultz, John Tures, Aaron R. Twitchell, and Diane Weiner.  

Books published under the GBHEM imprint support the mission of the agency to recruit, prepare, nurture and educate Christian leaders. “Intersections: Faith, Church, and the Academy” will be available at and For more information about GBHEM’s Publishing Office, visit Publications or follow @GBHEMPublishing on Facebook.  

About GBHEM: As the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s mission is to build capacity for United Methodist lay and clergy leaders to discover, claim and flourish in Christ’s calling in their lives, by creating connections and providing resources to aid in recruitment, education, professional development and spiritual formation. Every elder, deacon and licensed local pastor benefits from our training and candidacy programs. Many young adults find help in clarifying their vocation and God’s call in their lives through our leadership and discernment programs. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @GBHEM.

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