James Lawrence

James Lawrence is an assistant professor of Christian spirituality and historical studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. He studies Protestant spiritual disciplines and practice, especially Swedenborgians, New Religious Movements, and sports and spirituality.

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Kulsoom Abdullah

Kulsoom Abdullah is a Muslim who wore hijab when she competed in weightlifting. She is the author of the blog Lifting Covered. She is featured in the documentary The Pakistan Four and is currently a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

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David E. Prince

David E. Prince is an assistant professor of Christian Teaching at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. and pastor at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky.

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Owen Strachan

Owen Strachan is an assistant professor of Christian theology and church history at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College in Louisville, Ky. as well as president of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. He writes Thoughtblog, a blog about Christian theology, politics and culture.

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God and the game: Religion and sports

The beginning of September is traditionally when sports — both professional and amateur — heat up. And with sports come stories, often with a faith or ethics angle — whether about the personal faith of players and coaches, the appropriateness of praying for a team win or even the morality of competition itself.

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Spirituality and Sports

Spirituality and Sports is a program of the Office of Religious Life at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. It focuses on the spiritual aspects of competition and athletics through speakers and special events. Shawn Sorenson is its director.

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Lee M. DelleMonache

Lee M. DelleMonache is director of the Neumann University Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development at Neumann University in Aston, Pa.

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Craig A. Forney

Craig A. Forney is assistant professor of religious studies at Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif. He is the author of The Holy Trinity of American Sports: Civil Religion in Football, Baseball and Basketball.

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