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Community Engagement

The School of Divinity is committed to promoting interdisciplinary studies that promote dialogue and learning through interaction with faculty and students in other schools and departments of the University. In addition, the divinity school also encourages global perspectives through theological reflection, critical inquiry, and ministry formation on diverse religious, cultural, and ethnic perspectives within both national and international contexts.

Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative

Launched in September 2012, the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative will equip religious leaders with the knowledge, skills, and pastoral habits necessary to guide congregations and other faith-based organizations into creating more redemptive food systems, where God’s shalom becomes visible for a hungry world. 

>> View the news release regarding the initiative here

Center for Religion & Public Affairs

In March 2013, the Center for Religion and Public Affairs’ director, Melissa Rogers, was named as the Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House (see news release). With Rogers’s new appointment the Center is no longer operating. Since 2004, the Center promoted the research, study and dialogue regarding the intersection of religion and public affairs, and provided resources for policymakers, divinity school students and religious leaders on these issues.

The “Joint Statement on Religious Expression in American Public Life,” produced by the Center, is still available here.

Wake Forest Institute for Public Engagement

The Wake Forest University Institute for Public Engagement is an academic center focused on connecting Wake Forest’s academic mission to the needs of our community. The IPE:

  • Prepares students for civic leadership, action and reflection
  • Provides faculty with resources to enhance their work in the community
  • Supports innovative relationships among faculty, students, administration, staff, alumni and the broader

Divinity school Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Jill Crainshaw, serves on the IPE’s Faculty Advisory Board.