Faculty at Large Lecture to Feature Jeremy Rapport

Associate professor of religious studies to speak Feb. 2 at The College of Wooster

21 January, 2016 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio – Jeremy Rapport, associate professor of religious studies at The College of Wooster, will present “Women’s Leadership in an Alternative Christianity:  The 1948 Unity Ministers’ Surveys” at the first Faculty at Large lecture of the spring semester on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The free public lecture will begin at 11 a.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.).

Rapport will discuss the results of an extensive survey conducted in 1948 at the Unity School of Christianity, a small, New Thought-based alternative Christian group, of its ordained ministers. “The survey revealed several important facts about the ministers of the movement, but most especially the survey made clear that women made up of the overwhelming majority of Unity ministers,” says Rapport. “Using the information provided in this survey, I examine the factors that made Unity a successful venue for women’s religious leadership.”

Rapport, who joined the faculty at Wooster in 2009, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kansas and Ph.D. from Indiana University. His primary teaching and research interests are in American religious history, new and alternative religious movement in America, and American metaphysical religions, as well as theories and methods for the study of religion, and religion and popular culture. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Organization of American Historians, and the American Society of Church History. He has also had several articles published in scholarly journals.

The next Faculty at Large lecture will be Tuesday, March 8, when Jeffrey Lindberg, professor of music and director of the Wooster Symphony Orchestra and Wooster Jazz Ensemble at Wooster, will speak.  Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2576) or email.