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Each year we offer three scholarships of $2000 per semester for students enrolled in a masters program at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

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Our Mission

As part of theological and religious reflection, we study and support matters of economic and ecological justice and its implications for religious communities and the wider public. Our educational and organizing resources are developed especially for communities and scholars as they engage religion in working towards economic and ecological justice. Through our strategic partnerships between the academy, religious communities, social movements, and the broader public, we aim to inform and support the work of those dedicated to justice and deep solidarity.

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Our Vision

Justice, in many religious traditions, is not an abstract idea but tied to the life of embodied communities. To be just means to restore and to build community at all levels: personal, public, political, and economic. At the Wendland-Cook Religion and Justice program, we believe addressing the relationship between religion and matters of economic and ecological justice is foundational to the flourishing of all people and the planet.

Listen as Dr. Joerg Rieger explains why Nashville is important to our work on economic and ecological justice at the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

 
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Engage Today

We investigate matters of economic and ecological justice.

We educate the academy, students, religious communities, activists, and the broader public .

We organize more just relationships, drawing on long-standing commitments between religious and activist communities.

 

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Wendland-Cook Program Leadership

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Joerg Rieger

Founding Director

Distinguished Professor of Theology | Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair of Wesleyan Studies | Affiliate Faculty, Turner Family Center for Social Ventures, Owen Graduate School of Management

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Marcus Trammell

Associate Director

BA Social Science, Siena Heights University 2003 |MTS Vanderbilt University Divinity School 2006