Religion and Spirituality in Society Journal Award

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society offers an annual award for newly published research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of the Religion and Spirituality in Society Research Network.

Award Winner for Volume 6

Black Church Leaders’ Attitudes about Seeking Mental Health Services: Role of Religiosity and Spirituality

Black church leaders are often first responders to mental health issues in the African American community, yet few have examined their views. We surveyed 112 church leaders in a Baptist Black mega-church (twenty-two associate pastors, thirty-four deacons, and fifty-six congregation care givers) using the National Survey of American Life to examine how religiosity is associated with attitudes about seeking mental health services. Church leaders who were more religious and who reported attending church more often tended to not seek out formal mental health services. Clinical providers and Black churches should develop collaborative partnerships to better meet the needs of this community.

Past Award Winners

Volume 5

Restoring a Rhythm of Sacred Rest in a 24/7 World: An Exploration of Technology Sabbath and Connection to the Earth Community

Lisa Naas Cook, The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 5, Issue 4, 17-27


Volume 4

On the Emergence of a Western-Islamic Public Sphere

Dilyana Mincheva, The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 4, Issue 3, 15-26


Volume 3

Spirituality as Strength: Reflections of Homeless Women in Canada

Christine A. Walsh and Carolyn Gulbrandsen, The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 3, Issue 4, 97-112


Volume 2

Western Muslim Intellectuals in Dialogue with Secularism: From Religion to Social Critique

Dilyana Mincheva, The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 2, Issue 1, 13-24


Volume 1

Logology, Guilt, and the Rhetoric of Religious Discourse: A Burkean Analysis of Religious Language in Contemporary Politics

David Greene, The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 1, Issue 1, 97-106