Comparative Religion

Comparative religion major receives honor and a scholarship   

Pulice is second from right.

Comparative religion major Rachael Pulice receives honor and a scholarship from the Detroit Renaissance District of the United Methodist Church. On Jan. 11 at Southfield Hope United Methodist Church,  Pulice shared excerpts from her award-winning essay on how the dream of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dream has influenced her life. This was part of a a ceremony to commemorate and celebrate that dream.

Upcoming events

Thursday, Feb. 26,  "Islam 101: Creating an Inclusive Campus Environment." Multicultural Center, Adrian Trimpe Hall, 1081 Knollwood Ave., 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

Learn about the fastest growing religion in the world from the people who practice it. Hear about the experiences of Muslims on your campus and in your community. Watch live skits on how to navigate cultural differences. Take advantage of this opportunity for audience participation at an exciting and interactive diversity training. Refreshments will be provided.  Dr. Alisa Perkins, assistant professor comparative religion, will be facilitating this event as part of the Real Talk Diversity Series. This event is hosted by the WMU Center for Diversity and Inclusion. See flyer.

Tuesday, March 3, Kalamazoo Islamic Center Visit, 5 to 7 p. m.

Join us on a tour of the Center. We will hear the imam speak, participate in a question and answer session, and enjoy snacks together. All are welcome. We'll gather in front of Waldo Library at 5 p.m. to walk over together. Its only a short walk! Or, meet us at the Kalamazoo Islamic Center (parking available, program starts at 5:30 p.m., 1520 West Michigan Avenue.) For more information, please contact: Dr. Alisa Perkins. This event is hosted by: Kalamazoo Islamic Center, WMU Islam Global Forum, WMU Department of Comparative Religion and WMU Muslim Student Association.

Thursday, March 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Lecture by Dr. Rudolph Ware, associate professor, history, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, title and location of talk to TBD.

Congratulations to Dr. Covell

Dr. Covell has received a grant in support of a workshop on Japanese Religions from the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies. The workshop will be hosted by the department in March 2015 and will bring together scholars from Japan, Canada, England, Germany and the U.S.

WMUK interview with Dr. Brian C. Wilson

Be sure to listen to Dr. Wilson's WMUK interview regarding his recently released book, "Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the Religion of Biologic Living."

Stop by for free coaching on writing!

The Department of Comparative Religion at WMU invites its students to visit our writing coach, Aaron Sternaman, Mondays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Moore Hall, room 2023 this fall. Coach Sternaman's guidance is free to all REL majors and minors and is open to any student enrolled in one or more of our courses for help in their REL course. He may also be reached by email ( and will be available throughout the school year. This service represents a determined effort by faculty and staff to improve the written communication of our students. Coach Sternaman holds a B.A. from WMU with an emphasis on creative writing and a minor in comparative religion. He will work with students to advance their written authority and style, while teaching them to cite sources and punctuate correctly.