Sarita Cargas

In partnership with Dr. Leslie Francis and Dr. Mandy Robbins of the Welsh Nat'l Centre for Religious Education, Sarita Cargas designed an "Attitudes...

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The University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Dr. Susan Sered

The Religion, Health, and Healing Initiative (RHHI), under the direction of Dr. Susan Sered, was established in September 2000 in order to further cross-cultural studies of the intersections of healing and religion. The impetus for the initiative was the desire to turn rigorous intellectual attention to the many ways in which religious practices, beliefs, and institutions construct, and are constructed by, experiences of illness, health, and healing cross-culturally.

While the RHHI has run its course, other programs dedicated to the study of religion and healing continue exploring this rich aspect of contemporary culture. The Boston Healing Landscape Project, under the direction of Linda Barnes, is an important source of information on religion and healing in Boston, especially in African Diaspora communities.

During its four-year course, the Religion, Health and Healing Initiative generated several bodies of work.

Religious Healing in Boston: A series of essays exploring ways in which diverse Boston communities draw on religious and spiritual practices and ideas in response to illness and suffering. Highlighting a variety of Boston areas communities, the essays offer windows into the many ways in which members of our society draw upon religious and spiritual resources at times of illness and suffering. The papers originally appeared in three publications edited by Susan Sered and produced by the Center for the Study of World Religions.... Read more about Susan Sered
Suffolk University
Boston, MA

Rev. Dr. Larry Ulrich

Rev. Dr. Larry Ulrich is an interfaith environmental ethicist. He is a past Secretary of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago, which self-identifies as the oldest urban interfaith organization in the United States and represents over five million believers. The Council Members represent eight faith traditions—Bahá’í, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism. Dr. Ulrich is a member of the Interfaith Relations Commission, the Justice and Advocacy Commission, and the Eco-Justice Program of the National Council of Churches. He serves as one of seven Christians on the National Muslim-Christian Initiative, and he a member of the NCC Jewish-Christian Dialogue. An advisor to the Commissioner of the Environment in Chicago, he is an Interfaith Fellow of GreenFaith, a national foundation for interfaith environmental academic and advocacy engagement.

An experiential and academic educator in both medical and theological education, Dr. Ulrich is the first Protestant minister since the Reformation to serve as a Dean in a Roman Catholic Seminary, DeAndreis Institute of Theology. Professor of Medical Ethics at Rush Medical College, Rush University, and Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, he was Director of the Departments of Religion and Health at the Rush University Medical Center and the University of Chicago Hospitals. Dr. Ulrich has been a Visiting Professor or Scholar at Oxford University, Cambridge University, University of Edinburgh, All Hallows College (Dublin), The Sorbonne, Chaing Mai University (Thailand), and an Adjunct Professor at The Chicago Theological Seminary and Bethany Theological Seminary.   

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Dr. Eboo Patel

Dr. Eboo Patel is the Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), based in Chicago, Illinois. He received his PhD from Oxford University. IFYC works with colleges and universities across the country to make "interfaith cooperation a social norm." Pluralism Project funding helped support the second youth and interfaith conference in the spring of 2004.

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Interfaith Youth Core
Chicago, IL

Dr. Karen Pechilis, Dr. Wesley Ariarajah, Dr. Dorothy Austin, Dr. Christopher Taylor, Indira Govindan, and Paul Dodenhoff

Dr. Karen Pechilis led a group of researchers in mapping the historical religions new to the American context in northern and central New Jersey. Their work began in 1999 and with an emphasis on communities that had built, or were currently engaged in building, houses of worship. The project focused on Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism and explored issues of community and identity in these traditions in the American context. Issues of the continuity with tradition and the challenge to traditional formulations as well as the American context informed the inquiry. A group of six academics at Drew University constituted the core working group for this study, including:

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Drew University
Madison, NJ

Grove Harris

Grove Harris served as the Managing Director for the Pluralism Project through January, 2007. She began working with the Pluralism Project in 1994, first...

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Speaker, Educator, Consultant
Cambridge, MA

Dr. David Damrel

Dr. David Damrel became a Pluralism Project affiliate in 2002 while teaching religious studies at Arizona State University. He developed a course to engage... Read more about David Damrel
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

Rachel Antell

Rachel Antell received an MTS from Harvard Divinity School in 1992 and an MA in documentary film and video from Stanford University in 2001. Her...

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Documentary Filmmaker
San Francisco, CA

Dr. Patrice Brodeur

Dr. Patrice Brodeur has been involved with the Pluralism Project since the early 1990s and an affiliate since 1999. From 1999-2004, he directed the...

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University of Montréal | Montréal, Canada
KAICIID Dialogue Centre | Vienna, Austria

Dr. Carlos Arboleda

The Project for Religious Pluralism in Colombia, directed by Dr. Carlos Arboleda Mora, studies the religious diversity in Colombia with a focus on...

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Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana
Medellín, Colombia