The Religion Department of Hampden-Sydney College established the McRae Program in Religion and Society in 2012 through a generous grant from Dr. Arthur C. Houts in honor of his mentor. Dr. Charles Ferguson McRae, 32 years professor of Bible at Hampden-Sydney College, is remembered by his students not only as a demanding professor but also as one who never understood his passion for biblical studies simply as an intellectual endeavor. Along with his wife Orene, he worked with some other members of College Presbyterian Church and Hampden-Sydney College to encourage interracial dialogue, racial reconciliation, and tutoring of school children during and after the five years when Prince Edward County abolished public education. The Charles Ferguson McRae Program in Religion and Society is a testament to his vision that thoughtful reflection and investigation of one's religious convictions and traditions properly coincides with the promotion of the public good and service to one's neighbor.
The program intends to foster student discovery of vocation, promote synthesis of engaged learning and moral action, and prepare students for the practice of vocation in the context of a modern, pluralistic society.
Further information may be obtained from the Chair of the Department of Religion, the Academic's Secretary's Office in Morton Hall, the Office of Career Education, or the Civic Engagement Program in the Office of Student Affairs.