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Theology

The Luce Foundation’s Theology program aims to advance understanding of religion and theology. Through grants to seminaries, divinity schools, and research universities, the program supports the work of scholars, cultivates the next generation of leaders, and promotes public engagement.

The program supports projects whose engagements extend into a variety of settings—from religious communities and academic fields to activist networks and media venues. Emphasis is placed on projects that cross religious, disciplinary, and geographic borders, and on scholarship that is theoretically sophisticated, historically informed, critically reflexive, and practically invested.

Particular attention is given to work that rethinks what theology is and reimagines its contemporary significance; to research that creatively examines received assumptions about religion, secularity, and public culture; and to projects located at the intersections of theological inquiry and the multidisciplinary study of religion.

Responding to the diverse sector of North American institutions dedicated to graduate and professional education in theology and religion, the program provides support for seminaries and divinity schools, research universities and university-based centers, and a limited number of independent media organizations.

The program does not provide direct grant support for individuals or individual research projects.

The Theology program currently supports projects in three grant categories: the Luce Fund for Theological Education, an RFP for research universities, and responsive grants.


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Program Director: Dr. Jonathan VanAntwerpenPrior to joining the Foundation, Jonathan was the founding director of the religion and the public sphere program at the Social Science Research Council, where he developed and directed a range of grant-funded projects, launched a suite of experimental digital publishing platforms, served as acting director of communications, and worked to incubate a new initiative on knowledge and culture in a digital age. Jonathan is co-editor of a series of books on secularism and religion, including Habermas and Religion (Polity), Rethinking Secularism (Oxford), The Post-Secular in Question (NYU), The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere (Columbia), and Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age (Harvard). Originally trained as a philosopher, he received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and he is currently a visiting scholar at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge.

Program Assistant: Ms. Elizabeth Brennan
Elizabeth was hired as an Administrative Assistant in 1993. She had graduated with a degree in advertising art and computer graphics. After working for six years in sales and then for six years in insurance, she was drawn to the non-profit field. In previous years, she has assisted in many of areas of the Foundation, including Higher Education, the Henry R. Luce Professorship Program, Asia, the US-China Cooperative Program, the Luce Fund for Asian Studies, Public Affairs, and Administration and Finance.



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