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This month, we are featuring an essay in memory of the late John Raines and on the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. We also feature pieces on the Indonesian Constitutional Court’s recent decision about followers of indigenous religions and the CRCS book series on religion and disaster. The newsletter also features our regular Wednesday Forum coverage and student reports.


In memoriam John Raines, an inspiring professor, cleric, and civil rights activist who greatly contributed to the founding of CRCS, his former student at both CRCS and Temple University Achmad Munjid wrote this essay as a tribute to John's role in his life as a friend, teacher and mentor. (English and Indonesian)

Duta Wacana Christian University Professor Gerrit Singgih argues that we need to critically reassess the history of the Protestant Reformation and the legacy of both Martin Luther and John Calvin now that we live in a different, globalized world where multireligious encounters are inevitably intense. (Indonesian)


On November 7th, 2017, the Indonesian Constitutional Court annulled articles on the Civil Administration Law that required followers of indigenous religions to leave the column for religion on their identity cards blank. CRCS faculty member Samsul Maarif served as an expert witness during the judicial review. (Indonesian)

Three CRCS books published in 2012 are now available for download. These books explore the relationship between religion, science, and local cultures in response to natural disasters and how these approaches can contribute to disaster management. (Indonesian)

CRCS student Fiqh Vredian reports on Dr. Linda Yanti Sulistiawati's presentation for the CRCS-ICRS Wednesday Forum on how Indonesia's plural legal system approaches disputes over adat (customary) lands in East Nusa Tenggara.

CRCS student Ira Chuarsa writes a report on a Wednesday Forum presentation by Ph.D. candidate Evi Sutrisno from the University of Washingon. The presentation was about the history of Confucianism in Indonesia from the early 20th century and how it has evolved in successive political regimes and distinguished itself from that in China.

CRCS student Mufdil Tuhri writes a reflection on a trip to the oldest Chinese temple in Yogyakarta built in 1881, the Tjen Ling Kiong temple (commonly called Klenteng Poncowinatan), with CRCS’s World Religions class taught by Dr. Gregory Vanderbilt.

In 2015, Mun’im Sirry, an assistant professor at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, published a book on debates over the origins of Islam. To gain a brief overview about the book, CRCS student Alfiatul Rochmah interviewed the author.


"Ahu Parmalim" film screening

Commemorating the International Day of Tolerance on November 16th, Kampung Halaman Foundation, CRCS and the Satunama Foundation held a screening of “Ahu Parmalim”, a  documentary film about the Indonesian indigenous religion Ugamo Malim. The film can be watched on its official website.

CRCS-ICRS Wednesday Forum

December 6: Vive le Rock: Give Pop Culture a Chance! – Rudolf Dethu

November 29: Constructing Ideas and Practices on Womanhood in Post-New Order Indonesia – Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta

November 22: Masculinities and Peacebuilding Process: The Role of Religious and Cultural Leaders in Aceh and Ambon – Wening Udasmoro

November 15: Muhammadiyah in Singapore: Modernity and Muslim Purity Outside Indonesia – Mark Woodward

CRCS Newsletter of December 2017

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