The sermon for the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt is given by Dr. Candace Lukasik. Candace Lukasik is an assistant professor of religion and anthropology at Mississippi State University and a former postdoctoral research associate at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her research focuses on the intersections of transnational migration, religion, race, and empire. Her first book manuscript, _Martyrs and Migrants: Coptic Christians and the Persecution Politics of U.S. Empire_, ethnographically examines how the American politicization of Middle Eastern Christians has shaped patterns of migration and transnational minority subjectivities. She is a fellow of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center’s “Orthodoxy and Human Rights” research project and a past recipient of the Center’s distinguished fellowship in Coptic Orthodox Studies.
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