Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life
Jesus and John Wayne
"Jesus and John Wayne: Evangelical Masculinity, Family Values, Politics, and the Rise of Christian Nationalism"
Drawing on her New York Times bestselling book, Du Mez explains how the study of evangelical popular culture makes clear that recent political events do not represent the betrayal of evangelical values, but rather their fulfillment.
The primary aim of the Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life is to foster a healthy and fruitful relationship between the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the surrounding community as it concerns religious issues and public life. The Center neither aligns itself with any political ideology or religion, nor will it promote a certain approach to religion over others. Instead, the Center strives to enhance academic development and community relations by providing a needed platform for faculty, students, pastors, community leaders, and citizens to engage in scholarly efforts, open dialogue, and future action.
Dr. Jeffrey Scholes
Objectives: Academic Development
The Center will put on programs designed to foster debate around current issues involving religion and its implications for public life.
Programs will center on religious issues relevant to the UCCS scholarly community.
The Center will serve as a resource and launching pad for students interested in careers related to religion and public life.
These include graduate studies in philosophy or religious studies, ministry, counseling, or any other discipline that students connect with religious studies.
Objectives: Community Outreach
The Center will serve as an important contact point between the wider community and the university.
Through guest speakers, panel discussions involving authorities on selected topics, faculty and student forums, and a website, the Center will highlight pertinent issues for the Colorado Springs area, nation, and the world at-large.
The Center will emphasize the availability of willing UCCS faculty to engage the community in locations outside the university setting. These can include places of worship, businesses, high schools, etc.