The Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society is the research arm of the Elon University multi-faith center, which is located in the heart of campus and seeks to foster a diverse community of study, discourse and practice that promotes mutual understanding and respect across and within religious traditions and belief systems and contributes to the development of global citizenship.

The Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society highlights and promotes the interdisciplinary study of religion, culture, and society. This faculty-led center draws together faculty from disciplines across Elon’s campus, with students, staff, community members, and experts from the region and beyond. The Center will work to foster research, teaching, and dialogue that informs community knowledge and action. Pursuing fulfillment of Elon’s commitment to multi-faith education and engagement, the CSRCS convenes and facilitates dialogue that advances the understanding of the role of religion in society with intellectual rigor and academic integrity.

The Center offers rich and varied resources to fulfill the university’s vision of encouraging spiritual formation and expression, promoting religious literacy and respect for diverse faith traditions and world views, examining the role of religion in society, and supporting research and scholarship on religion. The Center invites broad participation of community members into meaningful dialogue, regardless of personal professions of faith, as a reflection of our commitment to modeling the respectful exchange of ideas and perspectives.

Center Intiatives include:

  • Supporting the interdisciplinary study of religion on Elon's campus among faculty and students;
  • Sponsoring colloquia on emerging and enduring issues related to the role of religion in culture and society;
  • Promoting excellence in undergraduate research related to the study of religion;
  • Establishing an international scholar-in-residence program;
  • Offering support for faculty on engaging the topic of religion in academic settings.

News and Events

Amy Allocco presents two invited lectures in India 

An associate professor of religious studies, Allocco discussed her research on death rituals and gender at renowned universities.

Pennington delivers lectures at national universities in India

The trip to India offered Pennington the opportunity to continue documenting regional heritage and revival movements and folk performances in India. 

Multifaith Scholars information session to be held Feb. 27

There will be an information session for students interested in the Multifaith Scholars program on Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in Moseley 217.

Brother Ali, "Race, Faith and Hip Hop", Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m. in McKinnnon Hall, Moseley Center

Rhymesayers recording artist Brother Ali will perform and participate in a discussion about his music and its relationship to his understanding of race in the United States and his Muslim faith. 

Claussen publishes on Eastern European Jewish moral education

Religious Studies Professor Geoffrey Claussen's new article appears in the journal Polin.