The Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society is the research arm of the Elon University multi-faith center, which will be built in the heart of campus and seeks to foster a diverse community of study, discourse and practice that promotes mutual understanding and respect across and within religious traditions and belief systems and contributes to the development of global citizenship.
The Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society highlights and promotes the interdisciplinary study of religion, culture, and society. This faculty-led center draws together faculty from disciplines across Elon’s campus, with students, staff, community members, and experts from the region and beyond. The Center will work to foster research, teaching, and dialogue that informs community knowledge and action.
The Center will offer rich and varied resources to fulfill the university’s 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 Center invites broad participation of community members into meaningful dialogue, regardless of personal professions of faith, as a reflection of our commitment to modeling the respectful exchange of ideas and perspectives.
Center Intiatives include:
In an event moderated by Lara Logan of "60 Minutes," six spiritual leaders urged Elon students to intentionally interact with people of various faith traditions.
The conference was held on campus April 12-13 with two dozen scholars presenting research.
Assistant Professor Pamela Winfield explores the intersection of art and religion based on the writings & teachings of two Japanese Buddhist masters.