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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. 


Boo Riley:

Riley, Boo. “Hanging out with Homeless Folks in Silicon Valley,” Bearings Magazine (October 2019). Available online at

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, “Resilience & Mercy at the Margins” in Bearings Magazine (October 2019) here:

Elizabeth Drescher:

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

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).

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

Michelle Mueller:

Mueller, Michelle. “If all acts of love and pleasure are Her rituals, what about BDSM? Feminist culture wars in contemporary Paganism.” Theology and Sexuality, vol. 24, no. 1, 2018, pp. 39-52.

Mueller, Michelle. (2021). Polyamory as Religious Sexual Counter-Culture: An Analysis through Gayle Rubin’s “Charmed Circle”. Proceedings of the International Conference on Gender and Sexuality, 2(1), 15-21.

Mueller, Michelle. (In press). New Religions and the Mediation of Non-Monogamy: Polyamory, Polygamy and Reality Television. Routledge, 2022.

Mueller, Michelle. (In press). "Constructing Wicca as ‘Women’s Religion’: A By-Product of Feminist Religious Scholarship" in The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook of Women’s Studies in Religion, edited by Helen T. Boursier, Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, 2021.

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. EBSCOhost,

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. EBSCOhost,

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.

Thao Nguyen:

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

“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.

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