Religion is a powerful force in human experience, able to both thwart and promote human and planetary flourishing. Understanding this power can provide fresh insights into the most complex issues facing the world today.

Religion and Public life partners with citizens, artists, and professionals in all fields to advance the public understanding of religion in the service of cultivating a just world at peace. Whether you are here to explore graduate-level training in religion and public life through a course, certificate, or degree program, or to advance your personal lifelong learning through an online class or one of our many programs, events, or publications, we welcome your interest and look forward to our work together.

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Meet RPL faculty, staff, and fellows

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See how Religion and Public Life has grown thanks to its many committed faculty, staff, and supporters.

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What We Do

Learn more about RPL’s approach to the study of religion and public affairs.

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Engage & Apply

Find opportunities to advance your skills to work for a just world at peace.

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Our programs apply a nuanced approach to religion across professional fields and policy issues.

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Support our vision and join us to take on the most complex issues facing the world today.

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“The [master of religion and public life] meets the urgent need for a more sophisticated understanding of religion in a wide range of professions,” said Diane Moore, senior fellow at the Divinity School's Center for the Study of World Religions. Jon Chase/Harvard file photo

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