The Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion and its
Law and Religion Program have received three new grants totaling
$580,000 to support research and service initiatives.
grant of $500,000 from the McDonald Agape Foundation is funding
a five-year project on Christian jurisprudence that will bring
together a team of leading Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Christian
scholars to develop a dozen new volumes on historic and contemporary
Christian understandings of the law. The project will feature several
public forums and conferences as well as a number of public policy
statements and initiatives.
McDonald Agape Foundation is chaired by Emory trustee emeritus
Alonzo McDonald. John Witte, director of CISR and the Law and Religion
Program, and Frank Alexander, co-director and founder of the Law
and Religion Program, will lead the project.
Lilly Endowment is providing a $50,000 grant to develop a pair
of volumes on the modern marriage movement from an interdisciplinary
perspective. One volume will be a collection of writings on marriage
and family by Don Browning, Woodruff Visiting Professor of Interdisciplinary
Religious Studies from 2001-03. The second will be an anthology
of chapters documenting the latest research in family studies from
the fields of law, theology, ethics, history, anthropology, psychology,
feminist studies and economics.
third grant of $30,0000 from the Smart Growth America-National
Vacant Properties Campaign will support Alexander's work in providing
technical assistance to selected cities and counties on strategies
for dealing with vacant, abandoned and tax-delinquent properties.
Alexander's initiative is part of a decade-long project on affordable
housing, urban redevelopment and state and local housing law.