Faith Zone Workshops

Faith Zone Trainings 1.0 and 2.0

This program is under development and is expected to be available starting Summer 2021.

Emory Faith Zone Trainings (based on NYU Faith Zone) are a series of workshops intended to introduce members of the Emory community to the university as a diverse religious and philosophical community and to establish the values by which we seek to shape a university community marked by religious and philosophical pluralism.

United Methodist scholar and Harvard Professor Diana L. Eck diffentiates "diversity" and "pluralism," defining religious pluralism as being active engagement, seeking understanding, and encountering commitments. It is not tolerance or relativism, but invites us to hold our deepest differences in respectful relationship.

The goal of Faith Zone is to build a diverse campus community in which people can both live their own religious and philosophical identities and understand, respectfully engage with, and learn from those of others.

The trainings are offered at both foundational (1.0) and advanced (2.0) levels to establish a common foundation and to address multiple important topics at deeper levels.

The foundational content of Faith Zone 1.0 allows for:

  • reflecting on one's personal experiences with faith and spirituality,
  • examining the global, local, and campus context for various religious and philosophical traditions represented at Emory, and
  • discussing tips for creating a safe and welcoming environment for religious and philosophical diversity in one's area of Emory

In terms of learning outcomes, participants will:

1. Gain an understanding of the religious and philosophical demographics of Emory

2. Learn about the concept of religious and philosophical pluralism

3. Learn about the resources for spiritual and interfaith life at Emory

4. Learn ways to create a healthy campus climate for religious and philosophical diversity

Additional topics for Faith Zone 2.0 include:

  • HZone: Creating a positive campus climate for the Hindu community
  • BZone: Creating a positive campus climate for the Buddhist community
  • JZone: Creating a positive campus climate for the Jewish community
  • CZone: Creating a positive campus climate for the Christian community
  • MZone: Creating a positive campus climate for the Muslim community
  • SZone: Creating a positive campus climate for the Secular community
  • IZone: Creating a positive campus climate for the Interfaith community

Participants who complete all 8 Faith Zones are eligible for an interfaith leadership certificate.

In addition, ORSL chaplains and staff welcome the opportunity to offer other workshops as requested on other special topics (e.g., religious holidays and seasons, religious diversity in healthcare, etc.) and can also refer campus units to trusted trainers beyond the university.

For more information or to schedule a training, please contact

The "Faith Zones" concept is drawn on trainings developed by NYU Office of Global Spiritual Life.