Until relatively recently, religious diversity in the U.S. meant ProtestantProtestant is a term used for the range of reform movements that broke with the Roman Catholic Church during the period called the Reformation. There are many branches of Protestantism, including the Lutherans, Anabaptists, Anglicans, Methodists, Baptists..., Catholic and Jewish. With changing immigration patterns since the latter part of the 20th century, religious diversity in the American context has to take into account other world religious traditions, such as IslamIslam in Arabic literally means “submitting” or “submission.” One who submits or surrenders his or her will to God is called a Muslim. While the whole of God’s creation is described as being inherently Muslim, human beings must choose whether to..., Hinduism“Hindu” was originally a word given by the Greeks, then the Persians, to the land and peoples beyond the Indus or “Sindhu” River. The term “Hinduism” came into common use only in the 19th century to describe a complex and dynamic pattern of li..., BuddhismBuddhism is a multi-hued tradition of life, thought, and practice that has developed from the teaching and practice of Siddhartha Gautama (6th century BCE) who came to be called the Buddha, the awakened one. The three major streams of the tradition—Ther..., and others. Furthermore, new immigrants from Asia, Africa and Latin America have brought their own distinctive Christian practices, whether joining existing American congregations or forming ethnically distinct congregations. Dr. Staub’s course, New American Religious Diversity, explores, in part, religion in terms of its sets of beliefs and practices, and also in part about social and cultural processes – examining communities which are experiencing intercultural contact and culture change. Student fieldwork with diverse, local religious communities forms a core element of learning in this course. The course invites students to look at patterns in the experience of the newcomer communities as well as the impact on and reactions by American society/culture.
Dr. Staub founded the Institute of Cultural Partnerships in 1995 and served as the organization’s president/CEO prior to beginning his full-time work at Dickison College in 2004.
Selected Links and Publications
- News articles: “Institute for Cultural Partnerships is ending its work in midstate Pennsylvania’s arts, cultural and immigration scenes,” The Patriot-News (May 24, 2011)
- Center Profiles
- Bahá’í Center (2006)
- Blue Mountain Lotus Society (2009)
- Emmanuel Spanish United Methodist Church (Iglesia Metodista Unida Emmanuel) (2003)
- Harrisburg Chinese Alliance Church (2006)
- Hindu American Religious Institute (HARI) Temple (2006)
- Islamic Society of Greater Harrisburg (ISGH) (2006)
- Phap Hoa Temple (2003)