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Mission

Clasping_hands_1The mission of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom is grounded in Virginia Wesleyan College's commitment to a rigorous liberal arts education and its United Methodist heritage.

The Center's Mission is:

  • Education: to provide students with an informed understanding of religious freedom as a basic human right;
  • Scholarship: to engage in sustained study of the legal, social and theological conditions of religious freedom;
  • Engagement: to combat religious intolerance by constructively engaging our society's broad religious pluralism.

Through its program initiatives, the Center seeks not only to educate our minds, but to touch our hearts and transform our communities. The Center does not advocate any particular political or religious perspective.

We need not be afraid of our religious differences. Instead, we can see them as opportunities for mutual understanding and growth." -- Paul Rasor, Center Director

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