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Divinity Receives Louisville Institute Grant

By Brett Wilson | April 4, 2014

Regent University's School of Divinity professors appeal for a faith that transcends cultural boundaries as they challenge their students to make their leadership mark in a global context.

During the spring 2014 semester, Dr. Néstor Medina, assistant professor in the School of Divinity (DIV) was awarded the Louisville Institute's First Book Grant for Minority Scholars. The $40,000 grant was given to Medina for his project titled, "Humanity, Culture, and the Spirit."

The Louisville Institute's First Book Grant for Minority Scholars enables junior, tenure-track religion scholars of color to complete a major study that contributes to the vitality of Christianity in North America. Grants of up to $40,000 support year-long research projects that will lead to the publication of a first (or second) book.

Medina's project was one of two selected for the grant by the institution. He explained that the project's goal was to appreciate how cultural background impacts the expression of faith and how different communities understand God.

"As a Latino, this is yet another expression of the multiple ways we contribute to the development of scholarship in the country," said Medina. "As a Christian it reminds me that our work as faculty at Regent is helping our students incorporate their faith into all aspects of their lives."

Louisville Institute is funded by the Religion Division of Lilly Endowment based at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. The Institute's fundamental mission is to enrich the religions life of North American Christians and to encourage the revitalization of their institutions by bringing together those who lead religious institutions with those who study them, so that the work of each might inform and strengthen the other.

Medina was selected to receive the grant by the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary because his project "engages theological questions that cross culture and faith," in accordance with the institution's goals. According to Medina, the grant is important because it demonstrates Regent's rigorous educational platform, and provides opportunity for members of its faculty to be known in broad academic circles.

"I am thrilled that I am the recipient of such a unique opportunity; I really am grateful because it is a great recognition of my work and research," said Medina. "It really elevates Regent's profile and makes it more attractive to students."

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