Department ofReligious Studies


Elizabeth Drescher and colleagues

Elizabeth Drescher and colleagues

Living Religions Collaborative Pedagogies Consultation

The Living Religions Collaborative Pedagogies Consultation, a project funded by the Wabash Center and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, will hold its first formal consultation with local religion practitioners and leaders, religion scholars from SCU and elsewhere, and religion media experts on June 25. The project steering team met in March to shape a yearlong, interdisciplinary conversation on how to more deeply engage students in explorations of religious life in local communities. During the June consultation, participants will visit a Silicon Valley homeless encampment with the Mercy Mobile, a project of the Community Homeless Alliance Ministry (CHAM) and Pastor Scott Wagers. Participants will then reflect on how religious practitioners, scholars, and media experts explore such practices of religion differently and how students in religious studies courses can be invited to more fully engage in their own explorations from diverse perspectives. A second consultation in October will include student focus groups and other experiential practices. The aim of the Living Religions Consultation, which is directed by Elizabeth Drescher, is to provide insights, methodologies, and resources for locally engaged, experiential learning in religious studies classes.


Photo (L to R): Jerome Socolovsky, Editor-in-Chief of Religion News Service, Sarah Bertoni-Robinson (SCU), The Rev. Tripp Hudgins (American Baptist Seminary of the West), Kimberly Winston (National Correspondent, Religion News Service), Elizabeth Drescher (SCU), Boo Riley (SCU), The Rev. Dr. Ricky Manalo (GPPM/JST).

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