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History and Religion Scholar Lectures on Religious Intentional Communities in America

Loyola press release - February 5, 2007

History and Religion Scholar Lectures on Religious Intentional Communities in America

(New Orleans)—As part of Loyola University’s Biever Lecture Series, Dr. Timothy Miller, will present “Religious Intentional Communities in America: They Are Alive and Well and All Around Us,” on Monday, February 12, at 7 p.m., in Bobet Hall, Room 332. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Miller is a professor of history of religions in America at University of Kansas, Lawrence, with special interest in new and alternative religions and the history of communitarianism. His seven books include American Communes, 1860-1960: A Bibliography (Garland, 1990); The Quest for Utopia in Twentieth-Century America, volume one, 1900-1960 (Syracuse University Press, 1998); The 60s Communes: Hippies and Beyond (Syracuse University Press, 1999). He is a member of the Communal Studies Association, and president of the International Communal Studies Association. The United States may be the world’s leading bastion of individualism, but a countercurrent is present as well, a search for greater good for greater numbers through cooperation. Although cooperation has many forms, the most dedicated and intense of them is intentional community. For more than three centuries persons have come together, often with religious motivations, to share their lives. In this illustrated talk, Dr. Miller will examine a representative sample of the thousands of intentional communities that are active in the United States today.

For more information about the lecture, contact Dr. Catherine Wessinger in Religious Studies at 865-3182, or email at wessing@loyno.edu.