Auburn conducts original research and data analysis, and works with other research organizations, in order to equip leaders to succeed in these challenging times. Our research focus and methods include:
• Studying the role that faith plays in justice movements
• Action research with partner congregations or organizations aiming at social change
• Analyzing strategies that will change the hearts and minds of individuals on social issues
• Exploring programs that effectively train religious leaders for a multi-faith world
• Convening groups to explore the implications of our research
Current and Recent Research
Educating Religious Leaders for Faith-Rooted Justice Work
Educating Religious Leaders for Faith-Rooted Justice is a report that maps and analyzes the field of educating religious leaders for faith-rooted justice work in America. The scope of the report is limited to places and programs where religious leaders are intentionally educated, equipped, or trained to engage in social justice work and leadership. This report is not intended to map the field of faith-based or faith-rooted justice work, but rather only the places where religious leaders receive intentional education about such practices. The findings of the report are based on more than thirty interviews of top educators in the field from twenty-six different institutions.
The report was researched and written by Auburn's Dean, Rabbi Justus N. Baird.
Multifaith Education in Seminaries
Since 2004, Auburn has been committed to advancing multifaith education in American theological schools. As part of our effort to support seminary faculty and educators who are committed to multifaith education, we have created this web-based resource. Use the links below to explore the resources. Please send suggestions and edits to Justus Baird, Dean of Auburn. Auburn expresses its gratitude to the Henry Luce Foundation for its support of work in this field since 2004, which allowed Auburn to develop these resources.
Media and Movement Building: The five best strategies of the last fifty years
Social movements have long used mass communications to advance their causes. Media technologies have evolved dramatically: from hand-printed broadsides to mass-produced pamphlets; from simple posters to gigantic billboards; from radio and television to internet; from VHS tapes to streamingvideo; from mass meetings to social media. But however much the media technology may have changed, the fundamental questions of communications strategy remain: how to communicate to and with people in order to rally support for a cause? Auburn Media has undertaken a study of various aspects of communications strategy, as seen through the example of different social movements.
My Mind was Changed (Research and toolkit)
My Mind Was Changed: A New Way to Talk with Conflicted Christians about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in Church and Society is a report on two years of research conducted in 2010-11 studying Christians who were conflicted on the issue of LGBT equality and effective ways to engage conflicted Christians in conversation on the issue in ways that help them reconcile their desire to love their LGBT neighbors with their Christian convictions. My Mind Was Changed has been used by faith leaders all across the country as a resource to help congregations and communities talk about equality for all as a Christian value.