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

The Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative equips 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.

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Moving Science to the Forefront of Theological Education

A two-year project, Moving Science to the Forefront of Theological Education, is supported with a generous grant from the American Association for the Advancement of ScienceMoving Science to the Forefront of Theological Education explores essential and existential questions of human life through creative dialogue involving science, philosophy, and theology engaging the tension of seemingly distinct fields of expertise. The project aims to capture scientific tensions and insights in theological formation and exploration leading to passionate and intellectually sound religious engagement both within and beyond the walls of the seminary.

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Clergy Making a Place: Early Career Pastors as Generative Community Leaders

Clergy Making a Place: Early Career Pastors as Generative Community Leaders is made possible by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.  This program will place promising early career clergy serving congregations in cities and towns along the Interstate 40 corridor in North Carolina and adjacent regions of Virginia in sustained conversation with the most notable and effective civic and business leaders in the region around key issues facing this area.  Our goal is to offer early career clergy the unique opportunity to develop their leadership skills in conversation with civic and business leaders in their locale so that together they can more effectively engage and respond to the particular social and economic challenges of the communities they serve.

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Continuing Education: Faith-Based Nonprofit Leadership Program

In September 2014, the School of Divinity launched a new professional development initiative for leaders and board members of faith based nonprofit organizations, and for those who may be interested in starting a non-profit. The initiative hopes to serve the unique needs of  faith-based nonprofit organizations that must meet the demands of operating a successful nonprofit while reflecting the values of a faith tradition.  Offered through the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center, the program will connect directly with the many faith-based nonprofit organizations in Western and Central North Carolina and the resources of Wake Forest University’s Essentials for Nonprofit Organizations program.

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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.