The mission of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion is to produce and promote path-breaking scholarship, teaching, and public programs on the interaction of law and religion around the world.

CSLR Announces Search for Executive Director

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion seeks a highly energetic and entrepreneurial Executive Director to advance its mission and manage its operations. The Executive Director will lead the internal and outward-facing activities of CSLR, including securing adequate resources to support its growth; growing the next generation of law and religion fellows and scholars; collaborating with other Emory centers on common projects; building and stewarding relationships with alumni, donors, and community leaders to enable CSLR to deliver on its core mission of producing and disseminating leading scholarship in law and religion. A full job description is attached. To learn more and apply for this position, visit Emory University’s Careers website.
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Transcending Boundaries: International Holocaust Remembrance Day Online Event

When: Wednesday January 26th, 8pm ET
Where:  CSLR YouTube Channel / Facebook Live Event

The lessons of the Holocaust transcend boundaries.  They are international, interfaith, inter-professional, and intergenerational.  Join our renowned speakers to explore the importance of incorporating the lessons of the Holocaust into the future of education to promote ethical practice in all aspects of society. Featured speakers include: 

  • Mehnaz Afridi - Director, Holocaust, Genocide & Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College  
  • Bishop Athenagoras of Nazianos - Director, Religious Education for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America  
  • Lawrence J. Burian - Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, MSG Sports and MSG Entertainment; General Counsel, MSG Sports; Executive Committee, Board of the American Society for Yad Vashem  
  • Tessa Chelouche - Co-Director, Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust; Co-Chair, Department of Bioethics and the Holocaust of the International Chair of Bioethics
  • Russell D'Souza - Chair, Department of Education, International Chair of Bioethics, Australia 
  • Stacy Gallin - Senior Fellow for the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University; Founder and Director of the Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust 
  • William Silvers - Clinical Professor of Medicine, Allergy & Immunology, University of Colorado School of Medicine  
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Mona Siddiqui to Teach Free Online Course


Martyrs, Minorities, Faith and Fidelity: Exploring ‘Loyalty’ in Christianity and Islam

Online course dates:  January 18 — February 22, 2022.

Description: Loyalty is at the center of human life – and often death. It defines families and friendships, philosophies and faiths. It also creates enemies, divides nations, and inspires people to kill and die for their country or creed. The nature and force of our loyalties to different people, ideas, and things shapes virtually every aspect of our lives. In this course, Professor Mona Siddiqui explores the polyvalent meanings of ‘loyalty’ in Christian and Islamic thought. You will learn about: religious believers who resisted repressive governmental authorities and paid with their lives; the challenges facing countries where new forms of diversity conflict with dominant cultures; pursuing the ideals of beauty, joy, and truth in unjust societies; living out ancient religious traditions in modern situations; and more!

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Center for the Study of Law and Religion receives gift from The MirYam Institute for ethics, leadership development


The Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) has received a seven-figure gift from The MirYam Institute to fund a new program called The MirYam Project in International Ethics & Leadership: Law, Religion, Health & Security.

This four-year undertaking will be led by Dr. Ira Bedzow, in collaboration with the Jewish Legal Studies Program at CSLR, directed by Emory Law professor Michael J. Broyde. The project will develop future leaders in public service, government, industry, health care, and community by providing students with exceptional curricular and extra-curricular programming, mentoring, and international travel to Israel. Students will interact with top academics and industry/social leaders from the United States, the State of Israel, and throughout the globe.

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Emory Presents a Special Screening of FAUCI

Thursday October 28th, 6pm EST (virtual event)
Please join us for a virtual screening of FAUCI from National Geographic films: a portrait of Dr. Anthony Fauci, a public servant, scientist, physician, husband and father whose career spans seven presidents and bookended by two pandemics: HIV/AIDS, which shaped him, and COVID-19, which has tested him beyond all expectations. All members of the Emory community are invited to participate. Sponsored by The Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR), The Center for Ethics, and The MirYam Institute Project in International Ethics and Leadership.
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Beekeeping on the Sussex Downs: Philip Reynolds Reflects on Retirement, Happiness, and Echo Chambers

In the Fall of 2021, Dr. Philip L. Reynolds – a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Medieval Christianity, and Aquinas Professor of Historical Theology at Candler School of Theology – retired. For almost four decades, Reynolds has taught and published extensively in the field of historical theology. CSLR recently asked Dr. Reynolds to reflect on his career and life as a scholar. What led him to the field of historical theology? What did he learn along the way? What advice does he have for scholars who are at the early stages of their careers? Reynolds – who plans to devote his retirement to writing, gardening, and exploring rural landscapes in his native England – responded with characteristic insight, erudition, and wit.

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The CSLR Study on Law and Ministry


Ministry is hard. From preaching, teaching, and counseling to managing the finances, maintenance, and daily operations of a church, Christian leaders play many roles in their communities. Yet few faith leaders are trained to handle the legal issues that impact nearly everything they do, from hiring employees to dealing with taxes, property disputes, financial oversight, religious schools, and more.

The CSLR Study on Law and Ministry in the United States is conducting a nationwide survey to learn how church leaders experience and address common legal issues affecting their ministries. We are listening to people around the country to hear how state, local, and federal laws affect Christian organizations and ministries on a day-to-day basis.

Are you a pastor, lay leader, church officer, board member, or other leader of Christian ministry?

Click here to take the survey!
Jeffrey Hammond

A Conversation with Jeffrey B. Hammond

We sat down with Jeffrey B. Hammond to learn more about his time at CSLR and his advice for current students. This interview is part of a new series of discussions with distinguished CSLR alumni working at the intersections of law and religion in academic, legal, and religious professions. Professor Hammond is an Associate Professor of Law at the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University. His research interests include law and religion, especially Christian theological intersections with Anglo-American law and Free Exercise and Establishment Clause theory, health law, and law and bioethics, especially end-of-life issues.

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Video Spotlight: Allen Calhoun | Tax Law, Religion, and Justice

CSLR sat down with Dr. Allen Calhoun to talk about his newest book: "Tax Law, Religion, and Justice: An Exploration of Theological Reflections on Taxation."

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Rabbi Sacks

Remembering Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion is mourning the loss of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (1948-2020). Rabbi Sacks was a prominent figure and a widely respected leader in the religious world. As an Orthodox Jewish rabbi, he was a prominent voice on questions of modern religion, morality, and religious inclusivity. His many contributions to the literature on Jewish law and religion include his 2014 article in the Journal of Law and Religion where he discussed the notion of happiness from a Jewish perspective. In 2010, he joined a panel of Jewish leaders at CSLR to talk about happiness and the Jewish tradition. You can watch his full remarks below.


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