by William Storrar

I am pleased to announce that the Center of Theological Inquiry will launch a new four-year interdisciplinary research project on religion and global concerns, 2017-21.

Long before the idea of globalization became current, our founder James McCord stated in 1978 that the spiritual quest of humanity was no longer national and denominational, but global and ecumenical. He founded the Center to address such global concerns through its interdisciplinary and interreligious research program. 

This global focus was pioneered in our research program under the visionary leadership of my predecessor as director, Dr. Wallace Alston, who initiated the “God & Globalization” project under the scholarly direction of the late Max Stackhouse, resulting in a landmark four volume series on this theme. 

The Center will now build on the foundational work of Alston and Stackhouse in a project that will convene leading scholars in four inquiries on contemporary global concerns:

2017 - 2018: Religion & Migration

Inquires from 2018 - 2021 will examine Religion & Violence, Religion & Inequality, and Religion & Environment.

Applications for the Inquiry on Religion & Migration (2017-18) are now being accepted. For more information, and to apply, visit The application deadline is January 16, 2017. 

An announcement on the timing and focus of the other three inquiries will be posted on our website in the Spring of 2017.

William Storrar