Reflections on wedding ceremonies which I have conducted and others which I wish I had performed
My graduate training was in Biblical studies, especially the books of the Hebrew canon, including a course on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Later in 1974 I was hired to teach world religions at the University of Redlands. Thereafter my research interests at the Huntington Library in San Marino on the religion of Thomas Jefferson. When I was sent to Japan in 1986 I discovered a life time interest in the history, religions, and literature of that nation. I taught for two years, then took 12 January or May term classes to Japan, publishing about eight articles on Japan.
Courses Offered at Redlands
World Religions (REL 125) is an introductory survey to seven religions, open to freshman and also designed for Asian Studies majors. Course fulfills the Humanities-Philosophy (HP) and the Cross-cultural (CC) categories of the Liberal Arts Foundation (LAF).
The Eagle and the Crane-Japan and America (First Year Seminar) gives students the opportunity to explore the relationship between Japan and the United States in the modern period with a series of flashback to previous times in the development of art, literature, politics, and history. The course is designed to enable students to develop research, writing, and oral presentations. It carries a WB in the Liberal Arts Foundation.
Hebrew Scriptures in English Translation or Old Testament Literature ( REL 307) is a "Blackboard" supported course with an electronic syllabus and links to research and writing. The course fulfills the second stage of writing (WB) for students. The attention to the literary development over the thousand years of writing that comprises the books of the Hebrew canon satisfies a Humanities-Literature (HL) category. Since we look at issues of race, class, and gender in ancient times and writings about them in modern times, the course fulfills the DD category in the Liberal Arts Foundations (LAF).
The Hebrew Language (REL 440) is offered for students who may have studied Hebrew before, but mainly students who enroll are ones who want to complement their language studies with a Semitic language, which offers very different vocabulary with three letter roots, which can be found in nouns, verbs, adjectives and even a few adverbs. We start the first week with the new alphabet (alef-beth) and progress over the semester, so that we have read the entire book of Ruth.
- Ph. D, Duke University Graduate School, Biblical Studies
- B. D., Yale University Divinity School, Theological Studies
- A. B., Duke University- Trinity College, Major: History
Previous Teaching Experience
- Salzburg semester- Ethical Themes in Literature 1982 (spring)
- Waseda University – Religions of Japan and America 1986-87
- Reitaku University “Using Erickson’s conflict theory in Growing up in America (l989)
- Salzburg semester- Old Testament Lit., Journal writing, Holocaust Lit 1997
- Interim and May Terms travel classes to Asia 12 times during the period l990-2005
- The Will C. and Effie M. Crawford Professor of Religion
- Chair Dept of Religion, recently 1997-2008
- Director, Asian Studies Program 1990-2002
- Faculty Review Committee, 4 terms of two years each from 1985-2001
- Curriculum Committee, 1977-79, again after twenty years, 1998-2000
Other Administrative Experience
- Associate Dean and Visiting Professor International Division of Waseda University, 1986-87.
- Director, Jameson Center for the Study of Religion and Ethics, University of Redlands, 1978-81.
- Acting Chaplain, 1977-78
- Chair, Curriculum Committee, University of Redlands, 1977-79 During the beginning of a new core curriculum.
- Dean of Students, Westminster College, Fulton MO, 1972-74
- Chaplain, Westminster College, Fulton, MO. l964-74.
- Dean, Division of Humanities, Westminster College, Fulton, MO, 1969-1972.
- Line Officer, United States Navy, l955-58 on USS Iowa and Staff Commander SECOND FLEET.
Honors, Scholarships and Awards
- Mortar Board “Professor of the Year” ( 2006)
- Nomination for Mortar Board “Professor of the Year” ( 2000).
- Nomination for Creative Teaching Award, (FRC) University of Redlands, (2001, 2003)
- Received Faculty Service Award (FRC), University of Redlands (l998).
- Received Faculty Teaching Award (FRC) University of Redlands (l994).
- Received Academic Excellence Teaching Award, Whitehead College (1986)
- NEH Summer Grants, (1977,1981,1985 and 1990).
- University of Redlands, Faculty Research Grants (1982, 1983, 1986, 1992, and l993)
- Yale University, Divinity School, Graduation primi honoris (l961).
- Pi Mu Epsilon Duke University, (1953). Mathematics Honorary
- Omricon Delta Kappa Duke University (l954). Leadership Honorary.
Publications, Presentations and Panels
"Travel Study in Japan: Experiences and Caveats," Japan Studies Association 17th Annual Conference (January 2011, San Francisco, CA. A "Powerpoint" Presentation was made and sent to all the panelists.
“Annotating an album” (a summary of 100 weddings I wished I had performed.)
"Reflections on May term 2005 traveling to Japan and India with Prof. Pani Chakrapani"
"Reflections on a May term travel course REL 226 to London, Ireland and Scotland". (2010)
"Annotating an Album" (2007-and still in process) A summary of 100 weddings in which I officiated or wish I had. A Report to the Alumni during Homecoming (October, 2010)\
"Riding a float in the Rose Bowl Parade" (Jan. 2007) submitted for publication to New Yorker.
"The Dead Sea Scrolls" (2007, San Diego Alumni Gathering) Presentation with Dr. Lillian Larsen.
"Reflections on a May term Traveling Course to Japan and India" (2005) with Professor Pani.
“Remembering Hugh Anderson,” (2003) University of Edinburgh Divinity School Journal.
“Yone Noguchi and C. Miller, An American Mentor to a Poet from Japan,” Journal for the Comparative Study of Civilizations, Vol. 6, (2001), research from Letters of Yone Noguchi to various correspondents, from unpublished letters at the Huntington Library and elsewhere.
"Japan: A report on ten years of teaching January 'Interims" (l999) (in Japanese, Reiro.
"Report on the Institute of Asian Studies Faculty Seminar in Beijing, June 1995," (l996) Asia Network Exchange, Vol. 6.
“Captain Janes and the Kumamoto Band,” (1991) American Journal of Asian Studies.
"Views of Japan from the Black Ships" (1990), Reitaku University Journal.
"A Hundred Years of Hearn's Japan" (1989), Waseda Journal of Asian Studies.
"An American view of the Murders at Meguro," (1989), special issue of The Journal of Social Education -- subtitled "Oya Shirazu, Ko Shirazu." Parents do not understand children's minds, and children also do not understand (their) parents' mind.
"Discovering 'Moralogy' in Japan" (l989), Proceedings of the International Conference of Orientalists in Japan.
"Jefferson and Japan" (1988), Waseda Journal of Asian Studies.
"Learning Japanese" (1988), University of Redlands, Alumni Magazine.
"Jefferson's Public and Private Religion" (1980), South Atlantic Journal.
"Dave Hume and Charles Darwin" (1972) Journal of the History of Ideas.
"Teaching About the Japanese Imprisonment 1942-45" Japan Studies Association, San Diego Conference (2007) with Professor Robert Marsel.
"201 Verbs Appearing in Chinese and Japanese" began in 2002 with Eugene Ching, still in progress.
- Tale of Murasaki
- "Buddhism in Practice" a review of D. S. Lopez Education about Asia (Winter l998).
- with Yasuyuki Owada, a review of "Asia: Case Studies in the Social Sciences, A guide for Teaching," The Asian Network Exchange IV.
- 1 (March l996). "The Disappointed," a review of Seventh Day Adventism, Journal of the Early Republic, Vol. VII, l988).
- "Jefferson's Extracts from the Gospels, ed. Adams, Journal of the Early Republic, (Vol. IV, l984).
- "Enduring Identities: The Guise of Shinto in Contemporary Japan." University of Hawaii Press 200, online book review published by firstname.lastname@example.org (June 2003).