Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth

Rector of Church of the Holy Spirit, Tulsa,
to lecture in Hungary


The Rev. Briane Turley, Ph.D., Pastor of Church of the Holy Spirit Anglican, has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant to lecture in Hungary during the fall 2011 academic semester, which coincides with his first pastoral sabbatical. Ed Roslof, Executive Director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars has announced that Turley had been approved for candidacy on the Fulbright Specialists Roster.

The announcement came on behalf of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB), the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State (ECA), and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). The Roster is a list of all approved candidates who remain eligible during the next five years to be matched with incoming program requests from overseas academic institutions for Fulbright Specialists.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in their fields. This is Turley’s third Fulbright Award. He received his first Fulbright lectureship through the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2002 and the Fulbright Alumni Initiatives Award from 2004-2006.

Turley has received an invitation from the British and American Studies Institute and the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Szeged, where, pending final approval from the Hungarian Fulbright Commission, he will teach courses in areas of his specialization: an undergraduate course in American religious history and an advanced seminar in Roman Catholic-Anglican relations.

A pioneer in Web development and use of the New Technologies for higher education, Turley will also oversee development of virtual classroom projects between the University of Szeged and several U.S. universities. Turley will be one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year to some 150 countries through the Fulbright Scholars Program.

Turley graduated from the University of Virginia with a Ph.D. in Modern European and American religious history. He is the author of two books and several articles. For sixteen years he served in the faculty of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences of West Virginia University before accepting his current vocation as the Pastor of Church of the Holy Spirit. He will represent both the Diocese of Fort Worth and West Virginia University where he continues to serve as Managing Editor of the online journal, Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe.