Can We Be Colleagues?


  • Richard Newton University of Alabama



Bulletin for the Study of Religion, Colleagues, COVID-19, pandemic, Black Lives Matter, anniversary


Bulletin editor Richard Newton reflects on the meaning of collegiality. Rather than a simple connection between co-workers, Newton suggests that the term is best understood as a relationship to be tended. This issue of the Bulletin reflects on the tumultuous events of 2020 and showcases the tremendous work scholars of religion have been doing in the face of the moment’s challenges. It also introduces a new advisory board while announcing the publication’s 50th anniversary, a moment that Newton hopes to celebrate— as colleagues— in future issues.

Author Biography

Richard Newton, University of Alabama

Richard Newton received his PhD in Critical Comparative Scriptures from Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Newton’s areas of interest include theory and method in the study of religion, African American history, the New Testament in Western imagination, American cultural politics, and pedagogy in religious studies. His research explores how people create “scriptures” and how those productions operate in the formation of identities and cultural boundaries. He has published an array of journal articles, book chapters and online essays. His book, Identifying Roots: Alex Haley and the Anthropology of Scriptures (Equinox 2020), casts Alex Haley’s Roots as a case study in the dynamics of scriptures and identity politics with critical implication for the study of race, religion, and media. He is also the curator of the  multimedia professional development network, Sowing the Seed: Fruitful Conversations in Religion, Culture, and Teaching.


Pomeroy, Courtney. 2020. “D. C. Faces First Amendment Lawsuit Over Black Lives Matter Plaza.”ABC7WJLA, June 12. Available at:



How to Cite

Newton, R. (2021). Can We Be Colleagues?. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 49(3-4), 1–2.



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