"In a world where religion plays so central a role in social, political, and economic events, as well as in the lives of communities and individuals, there is a critical need for ongoing reflection upon and understanding of religious traditions, issues, questions, and values. The American Academy of Religion's mission is to promote such reflection through excellence in scholarship and teaching in the field of religion." (from the AAR website)
"The purpose of the Section on Sociology of Religion is to encourage and enhance research, teaching, and other professional concerns in the study of religion and society. The Section seeks to promote communication, collaboration and consultation among scholars in the field of the sociology of religion." (from the ASA Section on Religion website)
"The Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) was founded in 1969 by a small group of scholars seeking a forum for exploring methodological and pedagogical issues in the new field of Jewish Studies. Since its founding, the AJS has grown into the largest learned society and professional organization representing Jewish Studies scholars worldwide." (from the AJS website)
"The Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) is an international scholarly association that seeks to advance theory and research in the sociology of religion. Formed in 1938 as the American Catholic Sociological Society, ASR traces its roots to scholars in search of a hospitable place for both empirical study and social criticism animated by the social teachings of the church." (from the ASR website)
Founded in 1935, ASARB gathers annual statistics on adherents of religious bodies that have joined it. The preponderance of data is on various branches of Christianity. It provides statistics at the county level, nation-wide. It sponsored the U.S. Religion Census in 1990, 2000, and 2010.
"ISR exists to initiate, support, and conduct research on religion, involving scholars and projects spanning the intellectual spectrum: history, psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, political science, epidemiology, theology, and religious studies. Our mandate extends to all religions, everywhere, and throughout history. It also embraces the study of religious effects on such things as prosocial behavior, family life, population health, economic development, and social conflict. While always striving for appropriate scientific objectivity, our scholars treat religion with the respect that sacred matters require and deserve." - See more at: http://www.baylorisr.org/about-isr/#sthash.Wkq3kq4P.dpuf."
This center " works to improve religious literacy among professionals, to help them serve a diverse public. Founded in 2003 with a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Center is one of Pew’s 10 Centers of Excellence." (from the Center's website)
"The idea for the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) started to germinate in 1992, as the conflagrations of the Los Angeles riots were just beginning to subside. A number of civic, corporate and interreligious coalitions were formed to heal the deeply divided city and to address the underlying social problems that had provided tinder for the flames....CRCC was conceived as a way to make creative connections between diverse groups of researchers, policy-makers and religious community leaders, in order to produce new insights into the evolving nature of religion in complex, globalizing societies. ... In 2002, CRCC was named a Pew Center of Excellence, one of ten university-based research centers to receive that recognition." (from the Center for Religion and Civic Culture website)
"The Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) is an independent international network [founded in 1988 in Turin, Italy] that engages in scholarly research and provides accurate information to the public on new religious movements, always protecting religious freedom while acknowledging the criminal nature of certain cult activities. It hosts annual conferences and topical seminars and also sponsors public lectures to promote its methodology. ... CESNUR receives financial support from the Italian government and has satellite offices in the United States and France." (from the CESNUR website)
"Our work at Ohio State emphasizes the dynamic aspects of religious systems and the importance of studying them within carefully nuanced understandings of the larger social and cultural contexts in which they exist. We seek to understand the symbiosis that exists between religions and other social and cultural systems, and view religion as an embedded phenomenon, one that cannot be studied apart from its surroundings." (from the CRS - Ohio State University website)
"The objective of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University is to encourage greater intellectual exchange and interdisciplinary scholarly studies about religion among faculty and students in the humanities and social sciences.The Center is committed to scholarly research and teaching that examines religion historically and normatively in its diverse manifestations." (from the CRS website)
This center is part of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. "The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture was established in 1989 to explore the connection between religion and other aspects of American culture." (from the IUPUI website)
"The Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Notre Dame is dedicated to advancing social scientific understanding of religion in society through scholarly research, training, and publications. The Center brings a variety of faculty, students, and other researchers together into a community of scholars engaged in empirical investigations, intellectual interchange, and teaching crucial for advancing the sociological study of religion." (from the Center for the Study of Religion and Society website)
"The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS) is a community of academics dedicated to the scholarly study of religion in relation to all aspects of human society, from law and politics to family and culture to history, the sciences and the arts. We have no affiliation with any religion and no religious agenda. We are equally interested in Eastern, Western, ancient and contemporary religions. The CSRS hosts a vibrant community of interdisciplinary scholars, researchers, students, artists, and community members through its diverse fellowship programs." (from the CSRS website)
"Hartford Seminary's 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." (from the Hartford Institute for Religion Research website)
Note: Many of the Hartford Institute's research publications are freely available on its website.
"Founded in 1985 by the sociologist, Peter L. Berger, CURA has carried out more than 100 research projects in forty countries. Its network of researchers and projects spans five continents. Its projects have resulted in some 120 books, many of which have become major points of reference in academia and policy circles. Under the directorship of Robert Hefner, CURA continues to provide state-of-the-field research and scholarship on religion in an age of globalization and plurality." (from the CURA website)
CURA is part of Boston University's Pardee School of Global Studies.
Peter Berger was an alumnus and a faculty member of the Graduate Faculty at the New School (a division aka the New School for Social Research).
"The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) is a community of scholars engaged in critical inquiry into the relationships among human beings and their diverse cultures, environments, religious beliefs and practices." (from the ISSRNC website)
RC22, established in 1959 and based in Madrid, had "the intention of opening up a broader range of opportunities for participation in the activities of the ISA in the field of Sociology of Religion. To this end the RC22 undertakes measures to secure and develop personal and institutional contacts amongst sociologists of religion throughout the world; to encourage the international dissemination and exchange of information on significant developments in the sociology of religion and to promote the development of scientific activities in the sociology [of religion] world wide; to facilitate and promote international meetings and research in the field of the sociology of religion; [and] to help the non-represented countries to the the RC22 resources and its facilities." (from the RC22 website)
"The Center for the Study of Religion and Society was founded by Creighton University [Omaha, Nebraska] in 1988. It was subsequently endowed by Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke, and renamed in 2005 to acknowledge Rabbi Kripke’s generosity. ...Housed at a Catholic-Jesuit university, the Kripke Center is open to all faith traditions and spiritualities. It encourages the study of all religious groups and beliefs among the various peoples of the world, past and present, in order to encompass the diversity of interest in the field and to encourage the widest possible comparative perspective. Because the great questions of life do not fit neatly into single disciplines, the Kripke Center has chosen to be cross-disciplinary and to include scholars from all academic disciplines who offer insights into the myriad topics that relate to the study of religion and society." (from the Kripke Center website)
"The Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life was established at Trinity College in 1996 to advance knowledge and understanding of the varied roles that religious movements, institutions, and ideas play in the contemporary world; to explore challenges posed by religious pluralism and tensions between religious and secular values; and to examine the influence of religion on politics, civic culture, family life, gender roles, and other issues in the United States and elsewhere in the world. Non-sectarian and non-partisan, the Center sponsors public lectures, organizes conferences and workshops, contributes to the liberal arts curriculum, and supports the publication and dissemination of materials for both academic and general audiences. Its initiatives are designed to foster discussion of religion in public life both within the campus community and among various external publics. The Center publishes Religion in the News, a twice-yearly magazine that covers media reporting of religion. " (from the Greenberg Center website)
The initiatives undertaken by Lilly Endowment, Inc. in the area of religion are done "to deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians, primarily by helping to strengthen their congregations. To that end, our religion grantmaking in recent years has consisted largely of a series of major, interlocking initiatives aimed at enhancing and sustaining the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes." (from the Lilly website) Valuable information for scholars of religion is contained in these Lilly-supported websites, listed below:
"Insights Into Religion: A Gateway to Resources and Institutions - www.religioninsights.org
Resources for American Christianity - www.resourcingChristianity.org
Christian Theological Seminary - www.cts.edu " (from the Lilly website)
"The Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture was founded in 1976 and incorporated into Nanzan University in 1979. Through its symposia, colloquia, research projects, and a wide array of publications, the community of scholars that make up the Institute is dedicated to promoting dialogue among religions, philosophies, and cultures East and West." (from the Nanzen Institute website)
Founded in 1950 in Cleveland, Ohio, the National Council of Churches provides an organization within which various Protestant and Catholic churches can work together on issues of common interest and promote dialogue among themselves. In New York, its headquarters are at 475 Riverside Drive #1901, New York, NY 10115 (between West 119th-West 120th Streets); telephone (212) 870-2297.
"Our mission is to help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources." Historically, this mission developed from efforts to "investigate the changing religious landscape of [Boston and] other American cities, and to consider the implications of this more complex religious landscape for American public life." (from the Pluralism Project website)
"The Program for Religion and Social Policy Research is a research, education, and policy program dedicated to understanding the nexus between organized religion and the provision of social services. We aim to 1) contribute new knowledge on the scope, nature, and practice methods of religious-based social services, 2) develop methods for studying congregations and religious-based organizations, and 3) equip future cadre of social service practitioners and researchers in the integration of social work and religion." (from the PRSPR website)
"The Religion, Culture, and Family Project seeks to address the contemporary situation of American families from a range of theological, historical, legal, biblical, and cultural perspectives. Market forces require increasing numbers of parents to work outside the home to make ends meet. High divorce rates create a culture of marital instability, affecting adult’s and children’s economic and psychological well-being. The crisis in families hurts the broader society. Because children get less support at home, they drop out of schools at a higher rate and are responsible for more crime. The Religion, Culture, and Family Project claims that religious traditions have valuable theological, ethical, and institutional resources to help revitalize North American family culture and families. It brings together over a hundred leading Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and other religious scholars of both liberal and conservative convictions to produce a major series of books on religion and the family together with conferences, articles, and media projects." (from the Religion Culture and Family Project website)
Formally founded in 1951, this association promotes non-sectarian religious research and draws from both religiously-affiliated bodies and academia for its members. Closely associated with the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, it publishes a quarterly journal, the Review of Religious Research.
RISC, located at Brooklyn College (CUNY), was founded in 1998 "to provide resources to the National Survey of Latino Parishes and Congregations." PARAL voted to move its headquarters to RISC from the CUNY Graduate Center in 1997, "where they had been located since 1991." Its publications are now listed on the RISC website. RISC is currently coordinating PARAL's PARAL-Cuba Project." (from the RISC website)
The Rubin Museum (New York City) is concerned with contemporary life, art, religion, and ideas of Himalayan countries - Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan - and their connections with neighboring countries, including India. Much of the art on display is specifically connected to various religious traditions, such as Buddhism, Bon, and Hinduism,
"The Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR) is a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) [which seeks] ... to facilitate the research and teaching of the anthropology of religion from [the anthropological subdisciplines, including] ... cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology and others." (from the SAR website)
Founded in 1949, SSSR "stimulates, promotes, and communicates social scientific research about religious institutions and experiences. [It] fosters interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration among scholars from sociology, religious studies, psychology, political science, economics, international studies, gender studies, and many other fields." and publishes one of the premier social science journals in religious studies, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. (from the SSSR website)
"The UCLA Center for the Study of Religion was established in June 1995 in order to coordinate and promote the academic study of religion at the University for members of the campus community as well as for a wider public. In addition to housing an undergraduate major, the Center sponsors seminars, lectures, and conferences as well as films and artistic performances that explore the role of religious ideas, practices, and institutions within human societies, both historical and contemporary and throughout the regions of the world. " (from the UCLA Center for the Study of Religion website)