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Faith in New Contexts

Hartford International University for Religion and Peace is home to world-renowned faculty and student scholars of religion who use research to explore faith with an emphasis on integrating sociological, cultural, and diverse cultural perspectives.

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Our religion research examines faith and how different faiths across the world evolve and change in the face of changing landscapes.

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A Leader in Religion Research

Hartford Institute for Religion Research has a thirty-four year record of rigorous, policy-relevant research, anticipation of emerging issues and commitment to the creative dissemination of learning. This record has earned the Institute an international reputation as an important bridge between the scholarly community and the practice of faith.

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A Pioneer for Muslim-Christian Relations

The Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations is the country’s oldest center for such study, opening in 1973. The Macdonald Center challenges scholars, students, the media, and the general public to move beyond stereotypes and develop an accurate awareness and appreciation of Islamic religion, law and culture.

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Meet Our Research Leaders

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Dr. David D. Grafton
Dr. David D. Grafton
Academic Dean & Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations

The Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton has been an educator in Muslim-Christian relations since 1985 and has years of practical experience in the contemporary interfaith and multifaith world as an ordained Protestant pastor and through living and teaching in Egypt. Dr. Grafton often speaks to community groups, congregations, mosques, and Islamic centers about interfaith dialogue and relationships, Islam, and Christian-Muslim relations.

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Dr. Allison Norton
Dr. Allison Norton
Faculty Associate in Migration Studies and Congregational Life, Director of The Pastoral Innovation Network of New England

Dr. Allison Norton’s religious scholarship explores the transnational dimension of African Pentecostalism and the changing American religious landscape, the role of migration on the worldwide expansion of the Christian faith, and the religious identities of the “new” second generation. She serves as the registrar and certificate course educator at the Pan African University College in Winneba, Ghana, and is an ordained deaconess of the Church of Pentecost.

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Dr. Scott Thumma
Dr. Scott Thumma
Professor of Sociology of Religion

Dr. Scott Thumma co-directs the Insights into Religion Portal for the Lilly Endowment and consults with churches and religious organizations on congregational revitalization, planning, and new technologies. He’s responsible for many religion research websites including the Hartford Institute site, Robert Bellah’s website, as well as the Faith Communities Today and the Religious Research Association. His own research has explored evangelicalism, the rise of nondenominational churches, the impact of the Internet on church dynamics, and homosexuality and religious life.

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A Name Change Not Taken Lightly

In one form or another, Hartford Seminary has been around for 187 years. While the campus has been in five different locations, and though we actually began as the Theological Institute of Connecticut, for most...

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