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In the summer of 2012, Professor Les Muray gave two papers. The first was entitled "Process Thought and Naturalism" at the (formerly Highlands) Institute for American Religious and Philosophic Thought conference on "Metaphysical and Religious Naturalism: Present Forms and Future Prospects" in Manitou Springs, CO in June. At the 14th International Conference on the Literature of Region and Nation in Pécs, Hungary, he presented a paper on "The Influence of Henri Bergson on Mihály Babits." He also delivered a paper entitled "Everlasting Life, A Process-Relational Naturalism, and the Akashic Field" to the "Open and Relational Theologies" section of the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Chicago right before Thanksgiving 2012. The papers from the session will be published online. Video of the proceedings is also scheduled to be posted.
His article "Gratitude After a Heart Attack" has been published at http://www.jesusjazzbuddhism.org/gratitude-after-a-heart-attack.html. As a testament to his scholarship, his article "An Ecological Democratic Faith and the Current Economic Crisis" has just been published in Russia (in English) in Tver State University Vestnik (Tver State University Journal, Philosophy) No. 38, 2011, pp.14-26. Originally, it was a paper presented at the "Trends in Whiteheadian Ecology-How to Solve the Global Systemic Crisis?" conference, University of Paris, March, 2010.
Professor Muray's article "The Liberation of Liberal Theology" (originally a paper presented at the Highlands Institute for American Religious and Philosophic Thought conference on "The Future of Liberal Theology in Manitou Springs, CO in 2010) has been accepted for publication (in 2013) in the journal Encounter.
Dr. Robert Smid has had his article, "Pragmatism, Pluralism and the Role of Inquiry in Comparative Philosophy" published the American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Vol. 33 No. 2, May 2012, pp. 146-158 (originally a paper presented at Highlands Institute for American Philosophical and Religious Thought conference on "New Directions in Pragmatism," Highlands, NC, June 2011). Rob also presented his paper "Marketing Religious Naturalism" at the (formerly Highlands) Institute for American Religious and Philosophic Thought conference on"Metaphysical and Religious Naturalism: Present Forms and Future Prospects" in Manitou Springs, CO in June.
Dr. Bette Manter's essay "The Incompleteness of Loyalty" has been included in the book Josiah Royce for the Twenty-first Century: Historical, Ethical, and Religious Interpretations (edited by Kelly A. Parker and Krzysztof Piotr Skowronski) by Lexington Books. (https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739173374).
Professor Russ Pregeant, Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion and Chaplain Emeritus, published his eighth book, Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons (Fortress Press). It is a progressive Christian alternative to fundamentalism.
Dr. Les Muray, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for study in his native Hungary during the spring of 2014. Dr. Muray will be researching the influence of French philosopher Henri Bergson on Mihaly Babits and Zsigmond Moricz, two major figures in early twentieth century Hungarian literature, whose work anticipated contemporary environmental ethics.