Until relatively recently, religious diversity in the U.S. meant Protestant, 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 Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, 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)