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Religious Studies

Religious Studies Faculty

Faculty Emeriti

William Barnett
Professor Emeritus

Kathleen Nash
Professor Emerita
B.A., The University of Dallas; M.A., St. Louis University; Ph.D., The Catholic University of America

Nancy Ring
Professor Emerita (1979)
Ph.D., Marquette University

Adjunct Faculty

Gerard F. Beritela

B.A., St. John Fisher College; M.Div., Nashotah House; Ph.D., Syracuse University
Grewen Hall 202,

Nell G. Champoux

A.A., Greenfield Community College; B.A., Sweet Briar College; M.A., Universitiet van Amsterdam, Amsterdam NL; M.Phil, Syracuse University; Ph.D., Syracuse University
Grewen Hall 202,

Nell Champoux holds an M.A. in Western Esotericism and Mysticism from the University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. She most commonly teaches a senior seminar on Religion, Sex, and Gender that traces an historical trajectory from antiquity to various nineteenth-century religious movements in upstate New York like the Shakers and Spiritualists. Nell is currently working on a dissertation titled Visionary Architecture: Monastic Magic and Cognition in John of Morigny’s Liber florum, which treats the work of fourteenth-century Benedictine monk John of Morigny and his struggle to keep his text from being classified as illicit magic by church authorities. A chapter from this dissertation has been published in the journal Medieval Mystical Theologyunder the title “Blithe Heterodoxy: Reading John of Morigny’s Fourteenth-Century Magic through Michel Foucault and Hélène Cixous.” Nell’s research and teaching combine approaches from the history of religions with an attention to post-modern theory.

Amy M. Chaney
B.A., Oklahoma State University; M.T.S., Emory University; M.Phil., Syracuse University
Grewen Hall 202,

James Alan Krisher
A.B., Syracuse University; M.A., Boston College
Grewen Hall 202,

J. Mark Lawson

B.A., Hendrix College; M.Div., Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Grewen Hall 202,

J. Mark Lawson is an ordained minister who serves as pastor of the United Church of Christ in Bayberry, Liverpool, New York. He is also a biblical scholar with particular interest in the New Testament and how it reflects the theological and social development of early Christian communities. At Le Moyne, he has taught Religious Perspectives on the Human Situation, Introduction to the New Testament, Letters of Paul, American Religion, and The Theological Venture. In 2008, he was honored as Le Moyne’s Outstanding Part-time Faculty Member of the Year. He designed, instituted, and continues to teach in the New York School of Ministry (NYSOM), a theological training program for laypeople seeking to practice licensed ministry in the local church. NYSOM also includes an alternative track to ordination for second-career ministers in the United Church of Christ. In addition to serving as a pastor and teacher, he is a part-time Spiritual Director for the Spiritual Renewal Center in Syracuse.

Shawn C. Loner

B.A., Boston University; M.A., Miami University; Ph.D. candidate, Syracuse University
Grewen Hall 202,

Shawn Loner has been teaching at Le Moyne College since Fall 2011. His research focuses on the phenomena of New Religious Movements in America, particularly modern Pagan movements and the use of mythology in constructing new religions, personal identity, and community. His teaching interests include: Introduction to the Study of Religion/World Religions, New Religious Movements, Religion and Marginality, Folk and Popular Religion, Apocalypticism and Millennialism, Religion and Popular Culture, the Ancient Near East and the History of the Bible, Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion and Mythology, Comparative Religion, Comparative Mythology, and Folklore.  At Le Moyne, he has taught the following courses: COR 400B/REL 420: The Future of Being Human, HON 215: The Meaning of Monsters (Integral Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar II), REL 326: Religion and Popular Culture, HON 112: Religion on the Fringes (Integral Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar I), REL 410:The End is Nigh! Understanding the Apocalyptic Worldview, COR 100: Gods, Dragons, and Fools: Exploring the Landscape of World Mythology, REL 200: Religious Perspectives on the Human Situation, REL 365: Islam, and REL 314/PSC 314: Church and State. His article, “Be-Witching Scripture: The Book of Shadows as Scripture within Wicca/Neo-Pagan Witchcraft,” was published in Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts & Contemporary Worlds (vol. 2.2-3) and reprinted in Iconic Books and Texts (Equinox Publishing, May 2013).