Mark Davis is a 2000 FU graduate and Carolina native who lives in Singapore City and is a fan of adventure sports and travel; he shares passionately about staying connected with Furman’s Religion Department Alums and Professors.
What have you done with your religion major?
For the past five years, I’ve been consulting with governments and multinational organizations in the areas of outsourcing, systems integration and management consulting with the world’s largest consulting corporation. I credit my religion major as helping me analyze what motivates many of my clients at the root (different expressions of faith and life philosophy).
Why did you choose to Religion?
Life in the Religion Department is about the opportunities we help one another embrace both inside and outside the department. Every single day in religion courses, I connected with vibrant and intriguing concepts and individuals who stretched my mind. Whether it was a dynamic Foreign Study in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Italy and Sardinia or a connection to a church in Havana, Cuba – I could (and can) always depend on my religion department contacts to help me connect with fervent opportunities that expand both faith and commercial interests. Sometimes I find the religion department to be a slightly liberal communist (I’m a moderate adventure capitalist) but I like that ‘Stretch Factor’ which smacks me in my face and makes me rethink the roots of everything that I come across.
In his own words
I recently completed a twelve month human resource initiative for the largest Muslim bank in Asia where I used my skills from History of Religion, World Religion, Women in Religion and Islam to help me positively impact the lives of my clients by understanding them – first – and then guiding them through improving their massive organizational structure throughout Asia Pacific. The Furman Religion department prepared me to understand the nuances and traditions of other faiths both for personal and professional effectiveness.
Tracy Wells Miller (Class of 2003)
Tracy Wells Miller attended Harvard Divinity School, where she received a master of theological studies in world religions and worked for the Pluralism Project, a research organization documenting religious diversity in the U.S., directed by Diana L. Eck. While at Harvard, she met Valarie Kaur, creator of the film Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath, the first feature-length documentary on anti-Muslim hate violence after 9/11, and she worked with Valarie for three years as communications director for the film.
While in Boston for graduate school, she began volunteering with an ecumenical outdoor church for homeless people, founded by an Episcopal priest. Through her experiences with that community, she began to discern a call to ordained ministry. She spent a year in a young adult vocational discernment program in Omaha, Nebraska
(Resurrection House, part of the Episcopal Service Corps) and then moved to Atlanta, where she worked for two years in communications for Episcopal churches while in the official discernment process for ordination. She is now in seminary at the School of Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South, in Tennessee. She will
graduate in 2012 and, God willing and the people consenting, be ordained as an