About the Initiative

Wake Forest University School of Divinity’s Initiative on Religion, Pluralism, and American Public Life is a scholarly hub for critically examining how religion influences American public life and democracy. The initiative builds on the school’s ecumenical and interfaith commitments and, most recently, on the 2023 Elizabeth and Robert Strickland Symposium, “Religion, Pluralism, and the Fate of Democracy.” Through lectures, seminars, and public discussions by Wake Forest faculty and other leading scholars, the initiative aims to create unique intellectual spaces to engage some of the most challenging issues facing society and humanity.

View the Announcement

At the installation service of Corey D. B. Walker as Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, President Susan R. Wente announced she has committed funding to support the initiative on “Religion, Pluralism, and American Public Life” that will be based at the School of Divinity.

Program for 2024-2025

The Initiative on Religion, Pluralism, and American Public Life inaugural program for 2024-2025 will focus on the theme “Across the Borders of Tradition: Conversations in Jewish and Christian Thought and Theology.” Over the course of the year, the initiative will feature some of the nation’s leading theologians and scholars of religion examining the intersections of Christian and Jewish thought and theology, new directions in Jewish and African American religious thought and theology, and religion, pluralism, and democratic futures.


Recent resources featuring Wake Forest University School of Divinity faculty engaging religion, politics, and American public life.