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Living Religion Collaborative faculty and student fellows are always on the go, exploring religion as it lives throughout the Silicon Valley and far beyond. 

Children playing at Duc Vien Buddhist Pagoda in San Jose. [Photo by Sam Nichols, SCU '20.]

Children playing at Duc Vien Buddhist Pagoda in San Jose. [Photo by Sam Nichols, SCU '20.]


January 12th, 2022: Tune in for Dr. Drescher discussing the increase of nonreligious people in the US on KQED.

February 26th, 2022: Black History Month Mass at 7:00 pm St. Francis of Assisi Parish in San Jose. This event is cofounded and sponsored by Dr. Teresia Hinga.

May 13th, 2022: Website update by LRC Communications Fellow and graduating senior Kate Soifer, SCU '22.


October 2022:

In October, the Bannan Forum presented a panel highlighting the work of Religious Studies faculty members Elizabeth Drescher, Roberto Mata, Philip Boo Riley, and Jaime Wright, who have been exploring the role of religious communities, faith-based organizations, and individuals in addressing questions of justice, housing, and the creation of flourishing local communities. Click for more

May 2022:

Headshot of communications fellow Danny Walsh

The Living Religion Collaborative is pleased to announce that Danny Walsh (SCU '24) has been named as the LRC Communications Fellow for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years. Danny's primary work will be maintaining and enriching the LRC website and growing the LRC's social media presence. A major in Web Design and Engineering, Danny has recently worked with Amy Leuck (English) and Lee Panish (Anthro) to create the Ohlone Heritage Hub. LRC undergraduate fellowships have been funded by grants from the Bannan Institute and the Louisville Institute.

January 2022:

LRC Faculty Fellows Elizabeth Drescher and Jaime Wright have been awarded a $30,000 grant to from the Louisville Institute for their project, “Finding God in Googleville: Mapping Christian Presence and Spatial Justice in Silicon Valley.”

LRC Faculty Publications

Elizabeth Drescher

Drescher, Elizabeth. Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Drescher, Elizabeth. Click 2 Save: Reboot – The Digital Ministry Bible, Revised 2nd Edition, with Keith Anderson (Church Publishing, 2019).

Drescher, Elizabeth. “Pew Poll: A Growing Number Of Americans Don't Celebrate Christmas As A Religious Holiday,” interview with Ray Suarez, “All Things Considered,” National Public Radio (December 24, 2017). 

Drescher, Elizabeth. "A Campus Hardwired for Finding God," AJCU (April 18, 2017).

Teresia M. Hinga

Hinga, Teresia M. “Jesus Christ and the Liberation of Women in Africa.” The Strength of Her Witness: Jesus Christ in the Global Voices of Women, 2016, pp. 131–140.

Hinga, Teresia M. “A Response to Gerald M. Boodoo’s ‘Spaces of Possibility’ -- toward Another Possible Nonviolent World: Recognizing the Gift and Insights of ‘Glo-Cal’ Theologies.” Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, vol. 74, 2019, pp. 62–70.

Roberto Mata

Mata, Roberto. "'And I Saw Googleville Descend from Heaven': Reading the New Jerusalem in Gentrified Latinx Communities of Silicon Valley," in Land of Stark Contrasts edited by Manuel Mejido Costoya (Fordham University Press, 2021), pp. 316-330.

Mata, Roberto. “Border Crossing into the New Jerusalem: The Eschatological Migration of God’s People in Revelation 2:12-2:29” in The Bible and Migration (Edited by Efrain Agosto & Jackie Hidalgo. Palgrave Press, 2018

Mata, Roberto. “Border-Patrolling the New Jerusalem: A Response to Jackie Hidalgo’s Revelation and Aztlan: Scriptures, Utopias, and the Chicano Movement,” in Perspectivas: Journal of the Hispanic Theological Initiative, editorial issue 15 (2018): 91-97.

Mata, Roberto. “Beyond Socialization and Attrition: Border Pedagogy in Biblical Studies,” In Transforming Graduate Biblical Education Ethos and Discipline (Edited by Elisabeth Schüssler-Fiorenza and Kent Harold Richards. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2010).

Mata, Roberto. Coming Out of Babylon: The Eschatological Migration of God’s People in the Apocalypse of John (Under contract with Lexington Fortress Press).

Mata, Roberto. “Self-Deporting from Babylon? A Latinx Borderlands Reading of Revelation 18:4” Reading Biblical Texts Together: Doing Minoritized Biblical Criticism (Editors Fernando Segovia and Benny T. Lieu; SBL press forthcoming 2021)

Mata, Roberto. “The Deportation of “Juan”: Migration Rhetoric and Empire in the Book of Revelation” in Open Theology (forthcoming Spring 2021).

Thao Nguyen

Nguyen, Thao. Asian Catholic Women: Movements, Mission and Vision. Lexington Books. November 2019.

Nguyen, Thao. “Resistance, Dialogue, and Enduring Negotiation: Church and State in Vietnam.” Studies in World Christianity, December 2019, 25.

Nguyen, Thao. “The Vision of Asian Women in Interreligious Dialogue.” Mission Studies: Journal of the International Association for Mission Studies, October 2018, 36.

Nguyen, Thao. “Quan Am and Mary: Vietnamese Religious, Cultural, and Spiritual Phenomena.” Buddhist-Christian Studies, vol. 37, 2017, pp. 191–208. JSTOR. Accessed 5 May 2021.

Philip Boo Riley

Riley, Philip B., “Hanging out with Homeless Folks in Silicon Valley,” Bearings Magazine (October 2019).

KTVU (Featuring Boo Riley), "Santa Clara University Students Visit San Jose's Homeless as Part of Curriculum," (January 23, 2017).

Silicon Valley street photographer Emilio Bañuelos worked with the LRC’s Boo Riley to visually document life in a local homeless encampment. Find his photo essay here: “Resilience & Mercy at the Margins” in Bearings Magazine," (October 2019).

Jaime D. Wright

Wright, Jaime D., “The breast cancer role and strategies for minimizing emotional stress in social support networks,” for Santa Clara University, Sociology Department, Brown Bag Speaker Series, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA. February 2018.

Wright, Jaime D., Discussion of article “‘I had to make them feel at ease’: Narrative accounts of how women with breast cancer navigate social support,” for the Pathways Study Community Board Meeting, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Division of Research, Oakland, CA. December 2020.