Education as Transformation: Religious Pluralism, Spirituality, and Higher Education

December 1, 2006

Source: BRC Newsletter

In September, as classes resumed in colleges and universities across the nation, an extraordinary event occurred in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Over eight hundred participants, including presidents, administrators, faculty, trustees, students, alumni, and religious life staff from 250 institutions of higher learning throughout the country gathered to explore:

The impact of religious diversity on institutions of higher education and the potential of religious pluralism as a strategy to address the dramatic growth of religious diversity in America's colleges and universities

The role of spirituality in the educational process, particularly its relationship to teaching and learning pedagogy, the cultivation of values, moral and ethical development, and the fostering of global learning communities and responsible global citizens

The national gathering was called Education as Transformation: Religious Pluralism, Spirituality, and Higher Education. Victor H. Kazanjian, Jr., dean of Religious and Spiritual Life at Wellesley College, a project advisor and key organizer of this three-year project, worked with multi-constituency teams from more than one hundred colleges and universities and enjoyed the support of education-related institutions, including the Boston Research Center, to help bring this project to fruition.