Mission

Vision 2020: Through high-impact learning experiences, the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom informs, transforms, and equips individuals to be engaged leaders and citizens, as they increasingly understand why religious freedom is a basic human right of daily significance.

The Center's Mission is to:

  1. Inform: to provide students with an informed understanding of religious freedom as a basic human right;
  2. Transform: to engage in sustained high-impact learning experiences that shape perspectives on religious freedom;
  3. Equip: to teach the skills needed to recognize fundamental differences between people, to combat religious intolerance, and to find ways for society to mediate and work through substantive challenges to meaningful solutions.

The mission and vision of the Center are grounded in Virginia Wesleyan College’s commitment to a rigorous liberal arts education and its United Methodist heritage. Through its program initiatives, the Center seeks not only to educate minds, but also to touch hearts, strengthening individuals to be agents of change and transforming communities. The Center does not advocate any particular political or religious perspective, but does stand for principles of dialogue, liberty, and engaged citizenship. 

As we look into the future, we see the greatest challenges that face the world as trans-religious. The goal of the Center is to equip individuals to be leaders and citizens who understand how the reconciliation of religious differences creates the most meaningful opportunities for civil solutions to difficult and urgent problems. – Craig Wansink, Center Director