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

Ariela Marcus-Sells presents on devotional prayer in the Saharan Desert  

An assistant professor of religious studies and Distinguished Emerging Scholar, Marcus-Sells presented the paper at Harvard Divinity School on Sept. 15. 

Religious studies faculty define 'interreligious studies' in new book
Amy L. Allocco, Geoffrey Claussen, and Brian Pennington co-wrote a chapter that characterizes the distinctive approach taken by Elon's new interreligious studies minor. 


Claussen publishes translation of 19th century Jewish text

Religious Studies Professor Geoffrey Claussen's new translation appears in a volume published by Brandeis University Press.

Gatti presides over 'Pastors & Disasters' at the International Congress on Medieval Studies

The session was one of three co-organized by Evan A. Gatti, associate professor of art history, for Episcopus, an interdisciplinary, scholarly society.

Elon University makes significant progress implementing multifaith strategic plan

The plan, approved in 2015, lays out a pathway for the development of multifaith education and engagement at Elon based on mutual respect and understanding.