Religion Happenings On and Off Campus

The Simpson College religion department is a very active department, both on and off campus. Students in the department are encouraged to spend time together and get many chances to do so, from campus forum events, seminary visits, and even May Term courses.

During summer 2016, rising senior Virginia Atwell is continuing research into eco-feminism and sustainable agriculture, working with a Des Moines project along with managing Simpson’s small organic garden project. In early August Virginia and Michelle Beving, another rising senior, will present their research in progress at the Wednesday noon research gathering held each week in Carver Science building.

Check this page for pictures of students in the religion department and religion department events.

Click here to visit the Simpson College religion department’s Facebook page for more information about current events, opportunities, and additional pictures from events in the department.

Students with Drew professor Dr. Traci West, standing under a picture of Bishop Matthew Simpson

Simpson’s Exploring Ministry program offers students the opportunity to visit graduate schools related to theological education.

In April 2015, eight students and one professor visited Drew University Theological School in Madison, New Jersey. We had a chance to sit in on classes, meet faculty and students, and to enjoy lunch in a room featuring a large picture of Bishop Matthew Simpson. Among other accomplishments, Bishop Simpson preached the eulogy at Abraham Lincoln’s funeral and was active in the abolitionist movement during the Civil War.







American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature Field Trip




Midwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities

A number of religion majors and minors have presented papers at the annual MUCH meeting. In fall 2016, nearby Central College will host the conference and we will take a group of students for the Saturday event.











Religion Department Dinner and Post-Lecture Reception for the Matthew Simpson Lecture







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Graduate School and Seminary Visits










Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) Opportunities



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Sikh visit to World Religions class