About

Religion Dispatches: your independent, non-profit, award-winning 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

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.*

Our editorial aim is 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.

– The Eds

*While religion is RD’s bailiwick, we also cover stories that have little to nothing to do with religion; stories examining the ways in which we make meaning out of, and major decisions for, the world around us.

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Editor-in-Chief Emerita: LISA WEBSTER

Editor-in-Chief: EVAN DERKACZ

Senior Correspondents: JOANNA BROOKS, SUNNIVIE BRYDUMPATRICIA MILLER, HAROON MOGHUL, KAYA OAKES, CHRISSY STROOP

Contributing Editors: CANDACE CHELLEW-HODGE, PETER LAARMAN, ANITA LITTLE, PETER MONTGOMERY, DANIEL SCHULTZ

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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