Welcome to the Center
The Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism addresses issues in many publics 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 to foster interreligious understanding and promote practices and policies that address religious diversity in many publics. Through this work and the cultivation of “interfaith leaders,” CERP contributes to a more respectful, inclusive community globally, nationally, and at home at Saint Mary's College.
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.
"Interfaith Leader" ~ An interfaith leader is a person with the knowledge, capacity for self-reflection and empathy, values and skills to lead inclusively and effectively in any religiously and spiritually diverse environment to further the value of pluralism in service of social justice.
"Pluralism" ~ Pluralism can be understood in this context as the manifestation of a superordinate societal identity held by people from different religious, spiritual, and secular worldviews and that fosters working together toward common goals in equal dignity, respect and mutual loyalty across boundaries of religious, spiritual, and secular difference.
Barbara A. McGraw
Office: Arcade #3 (located just to the left of Oliver Hall)
Email: [email protected]
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