Religious & Ethical Studies / Student Resources

Student Organizations

Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society
Theta Alpha Kappa is the National Honorary Society for Religious and/or Theological Studies. Meredith’s chapter was chartered and founded in 2001.

The chapter’s purposes, like those of Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK), are to promote and recognize academic excellence in the academic study of religion; to promote student research in the field; and to provide a forum for the exchange of shared interests. One does not have to be a religion major in order to qualify for membership in TAK, but potential inductees must meet the following requirements:

  • Earn at least 12 credit hours in religion, with a 3.5 grade point average in these courses
  • Have an overall grade point average of 3.0
  • Must be in the top 35% of their class

For more information, contact the faculty advisor for the Meredith chapter, Dr. Steven Benko, or visit the national Theta Alpha Kappa website.

Lecture Series

The Mary Frances Preston Lecture in Biblical Studies brings to campus prominent speakers in biblical interpretation, with the goal of helping students, faculty, and staff discuss the intersection of faith and scholarship. The lecture is made possible by funding initiated by Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Barham, Jr., in honor of Mary Frances Johnson Preston. Mrs. Preston’s most significant publication was her book “Christian Leadership,” which has been used as a textbook at various colleges, including Meredith.

The Mercer-Kesler Lecture series invites scholars in the areas of visual arts, architecture and religion are invited to speak at Meredith on their fields. The series is sponsored by the Mercer-Kesler Fund, established by Annie Mercer Kesler and Carolyn Morton Mercer, ’22, to honor Isaac Morton Mercer, their father, who taught at Meredith College and John M. Kesler, Mrs. Kesler’s husband, who served on the Meredith College Board of Trustees..

The Mary Stowe Gullick Lecture addresses ethical religious concerns from many facets of society. The lecture was established by Jonathan Gullick to express a commitment to Christian higher education, to perpetuate the memory of his mother and to enhance the Christian influence on Meredith’s campus. The lectures address ethical religious concerns from many facets of society.


Contact Information

Shannon Grimes, Program Coordinator of Religious and Ethical Studies
216 Joyner Hall
(919) 760-8749
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