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Global Religions Research

SOAR Project

Student Research


Established in 1960, the Honors Program at Moravian University provides qualified seniors the opportunity to pursue a yearlong intensive study of a subject of special interest. To participate in Honors, students must have an overall QPA of 3.0, with 3.3 in the proposed field of study. Usually, but not always, the project is in the student’s major. Applicants must propose the topic and secure the support of a faculty member (or members) to supervise the project. In the fall term of the senior year, Honors candidates carry out their research; in the spring, they prepare the Honors paper and defend their work before a panel of five faculty and staff members, one of whom may be from another institution.

SOAR Research

SOAR (Student Opportunities for Academic Research) provides stipends, travel allowances, and expenses for students engaged in research or creative activities through close interaction with a faculty mentor. The program helps Moravian students gain a better understanding of scholarship in their discipline, and fosters scholar-colleague relationships. SOAR stipends can be as high as $3,000 for summer work.

Recent Faculty Research


Dr. Kin Cheung  

2023  Cheung, K. "A Chinese American Religious Healer: Toward Filial Ethnography." In The Familial Occult: Explorations at the Margins of Critical Autoethnography, edited by Alexandra Coțofană. European Association of Social Anthropologists Series 47, 17-44. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2023.

2022   Cheung, K. "Miracle as Natural: A Contemporary Chinese American Religious Healer." In Miracles: An Exercise in Comparative Philosophy of Religion, edited by Karen R. Zwier, David L. Weddle, and Timothy D. Knapper. Comparative Philosophy of Religion Series 3, 131-154. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2022.

2022    Cheung, K. and Minjung Noh. "COVID-19, Shincheonji, and the Limits of South Korean Secularism: The Devil in Patient 31" Religion, State and Society 50 (3): 316-337. DOI 10.1080/09637494.2002.2096996

2021    Cheung, K. "Merit, Karma, and Exchange: Chinese Buddhist Mountain Tourism Company Listings on the Stock Market." The Journal of the American Academy of Religion 86 (3): 931-955.  Open Access: 

2020    Cheung, K. "Mythmaking and COVID-19: Asian Alternatives to 'Warfare' Against Disease." In Teaching About Asia in a Time of Pandemic, edited by David Kenley, Asia Shorts Series 8, 61-68. New York: Columbia University Press, 2020. Open Access:

2020    Cheung, K. "Defining Health and Religion: Mindfulness and Buddhism." Religious Studies Review 46, no. 3 (2020): 359-366. 

Dr. Kelly Denton-Borhaug


“Sacrificial U.S. War-culture: Cognitive Dissonance, and the Absence of Self-Awareness.”  Journal of Religion and Violence. April 28, 2017. DOI: 10.5840/jrv201742538."U.S. Phoenix Program in Vietnam Offers Lessons for Today," Morning Call, Sept.22, 2016.  

“`Like Acid Seeping into Your Soul’; Religio-cultural Violence in Moral Injury.” Create in Me a Clean Heart: Moral Injury and Sacred Writings. Ed. Joseph McDonald. Jessica Kingsley Publishers (London and Philadelphia) 2017.

“Resisting the sacred canopy over U.S. ways of war.” Political Theology, Vol 18 Issue 3, May 30, 2017. 206-218. DOI:10.1179/1743171915Y.0000000007.

"U.S. War-culture and the Star Wars Juggernaut," Journal of Theology and Science. Vol 14, Iss. 4, 2017.

"U.S. Phoenix Program in Vietnam Offers Lessons for Today," Morning Call. Sept. 22, 2016.  Link.


Dr. Jason Radine

“Amos and the Book of the Twelve” in Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer and Jakob Wöhrle(eds.), The Book of the Twelve:  Composition, Reception, and Interpretation (Leiden:  Brill, Formation and Interpretation of Old Testament Literature (FIOTL), VTSup), in press.

“The ‘Idolatrous Priests’ in the Book of Zephaniah” in Lena Sofia Tiemeyer (ed), Priests and Cults in the Book of the Twelve (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature Press, Ancient Near Eastern Monographs 14, 2016), 131–148.

“Vision and Curse Aversion in the Book of Amos,” in Elizabeth Hayes and Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer (eds.), “I Lifted My Eyes and Saw”: Reading Dream and Vision Reports in the Hebrew Bible (T&T Clark, Continuum, Library of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 584, 2014), 84–100.


Dylan Grubb '16, a peace and justice studies minor, used Memoirs found in the Moravian archives, the steelworkers' archives and other various resources as primary sources to provide a more personal look into Bethlehem's socioeconomic history. 

Book Twelve

Lifted my eyes