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.

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.

In April 2015, eight students and one professor visited Drew University Theological School. 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.

Students and Alums from the Iowa Conference Methodist Federation for Social Action program in March 2015

Chaplain Mara Bailey and Professor Jan Everhart worked with a great group of students to lead the March 2015 MFSA meeting, held at First United Methodist Church close to campus. We sang, led group discussions, and bridged the generations of United Methodists committed to working toward a more just world.




Each year our department heads north to St. Paul, Minnesota, to attend the Upper Midwest Regional Meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion. For the past several years, two of our undergraduates (the maximum allowed from a single school) have presented papers in the undergraduate sessions. We often meet some younger alums for dinner, too.

American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature Field Trip




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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