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Living Religion Collaborative

Welcome to the Living Religion Collaborative at Santa Clara University!

The Silicon Valley is a landscape of remarkable religious and spiritual diversity. Indeed, the very forces that draw people from across the globe to Northern California also bring people who practice in a wide range of religious and spiritual traditions to the region.

Student at chapel

The Living Religion Collaborative is a project of the Religious Studies Department at Santa Clara University. Our aim is to connect students and local religious and spiritual practitioners and communities in active, concrete exploration of what religion is in and around our campus, what it does in the everyday lives of people, and what they do with religion and spirituality.

Students at Santa Clara University explore, engage, and document their experiences in this rich religious and spiritual ecosystem, sharing moments of insight and inspiration through images and words on the Living Religion Collaborative website. Students' travels through the Norhtern California religious and spiritual landscape are shared on the LRC Encounter geomap.

Photo: An SCU student prays at a small chapel at Mission San Juan Bautisa, where she explored the relationship between Native Californians and the Spanish missionaries who founded the Mission.