Religion and Practice

About This Department

The Religion and Practice department fosters interdisciplinary studies of the lived experience, communal and individual, of faith practitioners and communities, including the history, theology, and phenomenology of particular faith expressions – ritual, liturgical, homiletical, formational, and educational. Students in this department hone critical skills in the interpretation and development of religious practice and leadership, while drawing from a broad array of disciplinary fields and methodological approaches – including history, theology, anthropology, communication theory, sociology of religion, ritual theory, cross-cultural studies, ethnography, and ethics – to explore the strategies, context, and efficacy of religious practices, both historic and emerging.

Department Chair: Professor Mary McGann