Study of Religion

In the Fall of 2015, Elon University launched implementation of its strategic plan for multifaith engagement and education. The plan calls for a robust set of initiatives across campus to further work begun in 2010 to “fulfill our vision of encouraging spiritual formation and expression, promoting religious literacy and respect for diverse faith traditions and world views, examining the role of religion in society, and supporting research and scholarship on religion.” 

The title of this five-year plan, "Engaging Religions/Building Community," reflects its aims to both promote interreligious understanding on campus and in our region on the one hand and foster collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship on religion on the other. Among leading universities invested in interreligious understanding and dialogue, Elon is distinctive for its commitment to the academic study of religion as a necessary complement to the experiential exploration of religion. This approach recognizes that the public good is served by an informed and educated electorate, that our campus is a healthier academic institution when differences are engaged and discussed rather than smoothed over, and that sophisticated and meaningful multi-faith engagement requires study and intellectual discovery as much as good intentions and tolerance.

Elon’s dedication to both multi-faith work and the rigorous and honest study of religion is evident in its promotion of dialogue and cooperation among different traditions, the highest quality scholarship on and education about religion, and the spiritual development of all of its community members. Furthermore, the university’s commitment to this multi-faith work reflects and honors the university’s historical roots in the United Church of Christ, which value openness, hospitality, freedom of thought, and interfaith dialogue.

Elon's complete strategic plan for multifaith engagement and education, "Engaging Religions/Building Community," may be accessed here.