About

Religion Dispatches: your independent, non-profit, Webby-nominated source for the best writing on critical and timely issues at the intersection of religion, politics and culture.

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EDITORIAL MISSION STATEMENT

Religion Dispatches is a secular, independent online magazine that stands at the intersection of religion, politics, and culture.

Where mainstream media too often gives religious ideas a free pass, offering equal time and uncritical presentation, we are committed to the idea that once religion makes its way into the public square it becomes fair game in the rough and tumble of public debate. As editors, we aim to give religious topics some air and light and to challenge easy assumptions about the moral status of religious ideas.

RD contributors are scholars and reporters, activists and professional clergy, and their writing, touching on virtually every contentious issue in political and cultural life, brings depth, clarity, and wit to the public conversation about the role of religion in civic and political life.

What does it mean to cover “religion” as a subject versus preaching, practicing, or promoting it? Is “religion” an historical construction, a Western invention? Is belief critical to religion, or is religion something people do? Is religion a vestige of pre-modernity? Is secularity really religion’s opposite? What about the supernatural?

These are just a few of the questions that inspire RD’s coverage of religion, and its ongoing deep-dive into the role of religion in society.

The stories we assign, edit, and post—all original to the publication—reflect not only the range of our writers’ expertise, but also the fact that they read one another’s work, and are, in a very real way, engaged in a lively and passionate ongoing discussion.

Catholic ex-nuns, secular religion journalists, evangelicals and post-evangelicals, Muslim novelists, Mormon feminists, scholars of Talmud—these are RD’s writers, but also its readers.

We aim to create a new way of thinking about religion in American culture and politics, one that challenges last century’s media dominance by an ultra-conservative fringe, that invites free discussion of religious ideas once they’ve hit the public square—and that keeps us and our readership powerfully engaged.

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Publisher: DIANE WINSTON

Co-Editors-in-Chief: EVAN DERKACZ, LISA WEBSTER

Assistant Editor: ELLIE FAUSTINO

Senior Correspondents: JOANNA BROOKS, PATRICIA MILLER, HAROON MOGHUL, SARAH POSNER

Associate Editors: ANDREW AGHAPOUR (THE CUBIT), PETER MONTGOMERY, SARAH MORICE-BRUBAKER, MICHAEL SCHULSON (THE CUBIT)

Contributing Editors: CANDACE CHELLEW-HODGE, AUSTIN DACEY, LYNNE GERBER, PAUL HARVEY, JR., NATHAN SCHNEIDER, HUSSEIN RASHID

Executive Board: UMBREEN BHATTI, ANTHEA BUTLER, ERIC GUTIERREZ, BRIE LOSKOTA, JAMES MORICE, GARY WEXLER

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Advisory Board:

Rachel Barenblat Congregation Beth Israel, North Adams MA
Joanna Brooks San Diego State University
Sharon Brous IKAR
Linell Cady Arizona State University
John Caputo Syracuse University
Rachel Cowan George Mason University, 
Gary Dorrien Union Theological Seminary
Eddie Glaude Princeton University
Harry Knox Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Ira Lapidus University of California at Berkeley
Khalid Latif New York University
Kathryn Lofton Yale University
Haroon Moghul Columbia University
Anthony Pinn Rice University
Jeff Sharlet Dartmouth University
Varun Soni University of Southern California
Chris Stedman Yale Humanist Community
Krista Tippett OnBeing
Emilie M. Townes Vanderbilt University
Jonathan L. Walton Harvard Divinity School