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Center for the Study of Religious Freedom

A resource for education, respectful dialogue, and mutual understanding for people of all faith traditions - or none

Spring Symposium to Examine Religion, Ethics, and Health Care

The Center’s Spring 2014 Symposium, entitled “Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Decides? Religion, Ethics, and Health Care,” will address several important and timely issues raised by recent social and technological developments in health care.The five-part Spring Symposium begins on Thursday evening, January 30, and continues consecutive Thursday evenings through February 27.  Speakers include nationally and internationally recognized experts, Virginia Wesleyan faculty, and VWC students.

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Dr. Howard Jones to speak on Reproductive Technology and Personhood

From-Jamestown-to-Jefferson-Book-Cover2Howard W. Jones Jr., M.D., Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, will speak at Virginia Wesleyan College. The title of Dr. Jones’s talk is “When Did You Become a Person?”  This presentation constitutes the inaugural lecture for the Justine L. Nusbaum Lectureship.

Program Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 12:00 noon in the Pearce Hospitality Suite

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Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom

"Well aware that Almighty God hath created the mind free; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burdens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy...[read more]

Religious Freedom Suffers Steep Decline in the U.S., Mirroring Global Trend

“A rising tide of restrictions on religion spread across the world between mid-2009 and mid-2010,” including the United States.  This is the conclusion of a comprehensive report by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released in September 2012 ... [read more]

From Jamestown to Jefferson: The Evolution of Religious Freedom in Virginia

From-Jamestown-to-Jefferson-Book-Cover2This highly regarded work stems from the Center's Fall 2007 Symposium on religious freedom in colonial Virginia
University of Virginia Press, March 2011.

Religious-Freedom-Documents-Booklet-1Religious Freedom Documents

Explore the texts of several important historical and contemporary documents addressing religious liberty.

Top Pew Researcher Brian Grim to Speak on Global Decline of Religious Freedom

From-Jamestown-to-Jefferson-Book-Cover2Dr. Brian J. Grim, Senior Researcher and Director of Cross-National Data at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, will deliver the Fall 2013 Cookson Religious Freedom Lecture entitled “The Global Decline of Religious Freedom".
Program Date:
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in Monumental Chapel.

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Supreme Court Considers Prayer at Local Government Meetings

In November, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case testing the place of prayer in city council meetings.  There have been dozens of cases in the lower courts on this issue in recent years, but it has been thirty years since the Supreme Court last considered the issue ... [read more]

“Voices of Faith”

“Voices of Faith” is a monthly discussion concerning current events and news reports as they relate to various Faith communities. Panelists appear each month with moderator Jim Bergdoll for this 30 minute dialogue.

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Principles such as religious freedom are not self-defining.
They carry only the meaning we give them.
-Dr. Paul Rasor, Joan P. and Macon F. Brock Jr.
Director of the Center

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