Religions and the Human Spirit

Star of David, Congregation Shearith Israel, Atlanta

Coptic Cross, Cairo Mosque, Cairo Buddha, Carlos Museum, Atlanta Durga, Carlos Museum, Atlanta


Contemplative Studies

Religion, Society
& the Arts


Religions and the Human Spirit
Overview of Strategic Initiative


The Religions and Human Spirit initiative creates interdisciplinary research and partnerships to address pressing issues of religion and our common life: peacebuilding, sexuality, health, contemplative practices, science and the arts.

Religions. We seek to reshape and strengthen the interdisciplinary and international study of religions through innovative scholarship and ethical engagement, attending to sources, traditions and practices of religious communities.

Human Spirit and Common Life. We seek to enhance the contributions of religion to building a civic culture, understanding social-environmental issues and enhancing our common good locally and globally.

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Tom Long
Karen Scheib


Juana Clem McGhee,; 404-727-2575



Department of Religion
Graduate Division of Religion
School of Theology
Emory College
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
School of Public Health
School of Nursing
School of Medicine
School of Law
Center for Ethics
Institute for the Study and Practice of Religion
Carlos Museum
Faculty Seminar, Religion and the Common Good, Spring 2007
Religion Dispatches (online magazine)
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322