• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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    Staff photojournalist

    Portrait of Jackie Ricciardi

    Jackie Ricciardi is a staff photojournalist at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. She has worked as a staff photographer at newspapers that include the Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, Ga., and at Seacoast Media Group in Portsmouth, N.H., where she was twice named New Hampshire Press Photographer of the Year.   Profile

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There are 2 comments on Scholar of Religion Nancy Ammerman to Retire

  1. Congratulations Nancy!! Wish you all the best with your new chapter in life. What a surprise!! I take it Jack is right behind you? See you in church!


  2. Am I the only one who had difficulty understanding parts of this article? For instance:

    “The people who had active connections to other people—that were also a part of some kind of religiously or spiritually identified community—were people who saw more of their lives in spiritual terms,” she says. But such terms were missing from people “who had no connections to any kind of friendships, conversation partners, small groups, congregations.”

    Does this mean that people without connections did not describe things in spiritual terms? Or does this mean that people without connections to religious groups (i.e churches, congregations) did not describe events with spiritual terms? It’s unclear. In the first section, are you only describing the subset of people with active social connections and active religious connections? The whole paragraph seems to assume you can only have social connections if you also have religious connections, which is not true.

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