Religious Pluralism Engaging Political Culture, Public Policy, and the Professions
Welcome to the Center
The Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism addresses issues in the public square by engaging religiously diverse perspectives to contribute to a more inclusive political culture, solutions to public policy issues, and the development of interfaith leaders among students and in various professions. For decades, U.S. popular political debate has been framed as an argument between religious right and secular left. That frame is becoming outmoded as an interfaith movement has begun to take hold in the U.S. and around the world, fostering greater understanding and cooperation among people of many faiths.
Since 2008, the Center has contributed to that trend by advocating a different way to frame the popular political discourse through the “America’s Sacred Ground” project and providing opportunities for many religious viewpoints to be heard in a wide spectrum of settings. This work offers insights for creative, spiritually inspired approaches to public policy in areas such as prison inmate religious accommodation and economic justice, and cultivates interfaith leadership and multifaith engagement in many sectors to further the value of pluralism.
"Conversations in the public square about religion too often are limited to a divide between the religious right and secular liberals. The Center strives to broaden the dialogue to include perspectives from all of the world's religions." -- Dr. Barbara A. McGraw, Director
The Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism engages religiously diverse and non-faith perspectives (“engaged religious pluralism”) to promote interfaith awareness and interreligious understanding and thereby contribute to an enriched, religiously diverse national and international discourse on matters of public concern and to a more inclusive community at Saint Mary's College. In addition to interreligious understanding events and projects, the Center's activities within the Saint Mary College community are designed to cultivate interfaith leaders, especially among the students. The Center's reach outside of Saint Mary's College especially addresses issues that impact diverse religious adherents and communities (e.g., prison religion accommodation) or issues for which an inclusive religiously diverse discourse could offer multiple views well beyond the all-too-common binary discourse frame (e.g., economic justice issues).
The Center aims to be, and to be known in national and international academic, government, business, professional and non-profit forums and in the Saint Mary's College community as, an influential and effective champion of the value of pluralism through its mission-driven, engaged religious pluralism events, educational programs, and scholarship.
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