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

'Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God' - April 21

Theologian Kelly Brown Douglas will address the Elon community on the topic of "Stand Your Ground," the subject of her most recent book.


Rabbi Irving Greenberg: Seeing Israel, A Real Life Nation Through a Theological Lens - April 7

Thursday, April 7
Rabbi Irving Greenberg, “Seeing Israel, A Real Life Nation Through a Theological Lens: A Reflection on Jewish and Christian Perspectives”
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

Panel discussion of Geoff Claussen's new book

Faculty from UNC, Wake Forest, and Elon praise Claussen's scholarship, wrestle with his book's protagonist

Elon students organize and host interfaith conference - Feb. 25-28

Join us for the Ripple Conference and engage in multi-faith learning and exploration around the theme of "Sacred Sounds"

Indian Shabbat Dinner - April 8

Enjoy a special multi-faith Shabbat dinner with Indian food.