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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.]

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.

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).

Jamie D. Wright

Wright, Jamie 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, Jamie 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.


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: LRC Website update by Kate Soifer, SCU '22.


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.”