Dr. Jeanne Kilde and Dr. Gayle Graham Yates

Dr. Jeanne Kilde and Dr. Gayle Graham Yates became Pluralism Project affiliates in 2000. Together, they collaborated on a project from 2000-2003 to engage their students in research in research on the religious diversity of the Twin Cities. Both professors taught classes on the contemporary religious scene in the United States: Dr. Kilde’s “American Religion, Twentieth Century” class was offered through the Religious Studies department at Macalester College and Dr. Graham Yates’ “Thought and Practice of American Religions” class offered through the American Studies Program at the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis Campus. Today, Dr. Kilde is the director of the religious studies program at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Graham Yates is an emeritus professor of American studies at the University of Minnesota.

At the time of their research, Drs. Kilde and Graham Yates wrote:

Since the Pluralism Project’s examination of the Twin Cities’ religious scene in 1992 and 96, Minnesota’s major metropolitanA Metropolitan is the title given to a bishop, used especially in the Orthodox family of churches today. area has experienced profound growth, particularly through immigration. Hispanics, HmongAn indigenous people of Southeast Asia. and pther Southeast Asians, Somalis and other East and West Africans, and Russians have not only found attractive economic opportunities in the area but also have been sponsored by numerous Twin Cities religious organizations. Many new religious organizations have formed, transforming the area’s religious landscape. As during earlier periods of immigration, however, the integration of new immigrants into the social fabric has not always gone smoothly, and the Twin Cities have experienced a number of incidents in which religious individuals, practices, and buildings have been targets of abuse. Thus the project will deal with social justice issues and responses to religious and interreligious intolerance and hate-based crimes and exclusions.

The consultative group assembled by the research team for this project included:

  • Dr. MaryMary was the mother of Jesus and, as such, has a special place in the affection and devotion of Christians. The Gospels of Luke and Matthew speak of her as a Virgin who conceived Jesus by the grace of the Holy Spirit. Devotion to the Virgin Mary, also cal... Farrell Bednarowski – United Theological Seminary (New Brighton, MN)
  • Ms. Sue Ebbers – United Theological Seminary (New Brighton, MN)
  • RabbiRabbi means “my master,” an authorized teacher or master of the Torah and the classical Jewish tradition. After the fall of the second Temple in 70 CE and the scattering of the Jewish people in exile, the role of the rabbi became very important in gat... JosephIn the Christian tradition, Joseph is the earthly father of Jesus and husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Edelheit – TempleA temple is a house of worship, a sacred space housing the deity or central symbol of the tradition. The Temple in Jerusalem was the holy place of the Jewish people until its destruction by the Romans in 70 CE; now the term “temple” is used by th. Ref... IsraelLiterally “Wrestler with God”, Israel is the name given to the Jewish patriarch Jacob and came to refer to the entire nation, bound in an eternal covenant to God. Historically, Jews have continued to regard themselves as the continuation of the ancien... (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Dr. Caesar Farah – Afro-American Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Edward M. Griffin – English, American Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Indira Junghare – Asian and Slavic Languages and Literature, Institute for Linguistics, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. James Laine – Religious Studies, Macalester College (St. PaulPaul, an early Jewish convert to the way of Christ (about 33 CE), became the Apostle to the Gentiles, preaching the Gospel and establishing churches in Greece, Asia Minor, and Rome. Some thirteen letters of Paul to these early churches have become part of..., MN)
  • Ms. Celia Hales Mabry – Wilson Library, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. William Malandra – Religious Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Judith Martin – Geography, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Anthony Pinn – Religious Studies, Macalester College (St. Paul, MN)
  • Dr. Thomas Scott – Political Science, CURA, University of Minnesota
  • Mr. Fred Smith – CURA, University of Minnesota

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