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Welcome to the Religion Department at Hope College!

We are a community of teacher-scholars and students devoted to the study of Religion in a global society and in the context of the historic Christian faith.

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On June 8 and 9, Dr. Bandstra led the Hybrid Learning Conference.  This conference was underwritten by the Teagle Foundation in connection with the Hybrid Learning grant that Hope College and five other liberal arts colleges recently received.  There were two keynote addresses.  Beth Trembley of the Hope College English Department will present on “Creating the Liberal Arts Environment Online:  Design Considerations for Hybrid and Online Courses” and Robert Talbert of the Grand Valley State University Mathematics Department and writer of the popular "Casting Out Nines" column of The Chronicle of Higher Education presented on “Implementing and assessing flipped learning in face-to-face and online contexts”.  There were also five different hybrid/online learning demos and presentations.


Rakesh Dass

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new faculty member in World Religions, a scholar and teacher who brings together a dazzling range of expertise in World Religions, Christian Theology, Business and Management, and church leadership in the United States and Asia.  

Mr. Rakesh Peter Dass will join the Religion Department as Assistant Professor in World Religions at Hope College.  Mr. Peter Dass is currently finishing his doctorate in Theology at Harvard University. His dissertation examines the intersection of Christian theology and Hindi literature.  Beyond his sterling academic credentials and research Rakesh brings to Hope College 7 years of experience in ecumenical leadership in Asia, a Master of Divinity from Yale University, and a Master Diploma in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Modern Management in Pune (India).  Moreover, Rakesh has provided leadership to the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Before joining us at Hope College, beginning in the Fall of 2016, Rakesh will complete a Selva J. Raj Endowed International Dissertation Research Fellowshipat Oxford University during the coming academic year.

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Still wondering? Make an appointment with Dr. Tyler, Chair of the Religion Department (LH123), or for more information email or stop by the Religion Department office (LH111).

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