Lisa Naas Cook, M.A. in Applied Theology alum, received the 2015 International Award for Excellence from The Religion in Society Knowledge Community.
Lisa Naas Cook was recognized for her article, Restoring a Rhythm of Sacred Rest in a 24/7 World: An Exploration of Technology Sabbath and Connection to the Earth Community, appearing in volume 5 of The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society.
Lisa’s article was chosen from the 10 highest-ranked papers in a peer review process. It was judged on several criteria. First, the article must create an intellectual frame of reference for the academic study of religion and spirituality. Second, it must create an interdisciplinary conversation on the role of religion and spirituality in society. Third, the article must address the need for critical discussion on religious issues.
Lisa researched the effects of the “technology Sabbath” – an intentional unplugging from information and communication technologies. She notes: “Theologians Richard H. Lowery, Arthur Waskow and Norman Wirzba make the case that Sabbath spirituality … offers wisdom for restoring a rhythm of rest necessary for both personal and planetary well-being.”
The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society is peer-reviewed, supported by rigorous processes of criterion-referenced article ranking and qualitative commentary, ensuring that only intellectual work of the greatest substance and highest significance is published.
Lisa Naas Cook earned her M.A. in Applied Theology from Marylhurst University in 2013. She facilitates Conversation Projects through Oregon Humanities on Too Busy to Rest.