The Center helps professionals and students become more aware and respectful of religious and cultural beliefs among co-workers, clients or patients, and be aware of how religion affects their perspectives.
Our website also provides a wealth of resources linking religion and more than 40 professions. Our resources help you understand religion as it impacts lives and the world we share. Jump to one of them using the links below, or hover over the menu items above to find more.
In Spring 2012, the Center released a study investigating the use of religious sources in reporting on issues of equality for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in cooperation with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Read the report, and see what other media outlets are saying about it.
Watching films is ideal for inspiring and enhancing discussion. We have a selection of documentaries, dramas, educational films and others.
Recorded during Spring 2010, the “Stories of Faith” video series profiles members of different faith groups at MU. Explore the religious pluralism at the university and how believers see their faiths playing out in their communities, both academic and otherwise.
Faculty affiliated with the Center offer classes through MU designed to increase religion literacy and instill skills essential for communicating about religion to a lay audience.
One such class is Religion Reporting and Writing, a writing-intensive course offered through the MU School of Journalism. Center Executive Director Debra Mason instructs the class.
MU is a religiously diverse campus. The Center constantly updates a directory of organizations designed for outreach, literacy and worship across many different faiths.
Columbia and the surrounding areas of mid-Missouri boast a number of civic organizations whose soul purpose is to promote religious, political and cultural pluralism. Learn about them here.
The Center provides many resources for graduate students and faculty interested in independent research. We also compile research conducted by affiliated faculty members for future reference.