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Directory

The Directory is an alphabetically organized listing of WRSP entries, including the thematic, regional, and local special projects. There are separate indices for the entries in the Augmenting Resources section of WRSP.

About

WRSP is organized as an international scholarly consortium. WRSP is led by an Executive Council that consists of representatives of the WRSP Special Projects and Partnerships as well as distinguished religion scholars who contribute to WRSP development.

Projects

NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS AND THE VISUAL ARTS
(Project Director: Massimo Introvigne)
PILGRIMAGE SITES & PRACTICES ACROSS THE WORLD
(Project Directors: James S. Bielo, John Eade, Ian Reader)
SPIRITUAL AND VISIONARY COMMUNITIES
(Project Director: Timothy Miller)
WOMEN IN THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS AND SPIRITUALITY PROJECT
(Project Directors: Rebecca Moore, Catherine Wessinger)
MARIAN APPARITIONAL AND DEVOTIONAL GROUPS
(Project Directors: Joseph Laycock and Jill Krebs)

Thematic Projects

There are many forms and expressions of religious and spiritual organization and activity. Scholars with recognized expertise in selected areas have been invited to organize the Thematic Projects listed above.

CANADIAN RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS
(Project Directors: Susan Palmer, John Peterson)
JAPANESE NEW RELIGIONS
(Project Directors: Ian Reader, Erica Baffelli, Birgit Staemmler)
AUSTRALIAN RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS
(Project Directors: Carole Cusack, Bernard Doherty)
SPIRITUAL & RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS IN ITALY
(Project Directors: Dr. Stefania Palmisano, Dr. Massimo Introvigne)
RUSSIA AND EASTERN EUROPE
(Project Directors: Dr. Kaarina Aitamurto, Dr. Maija Penttilä)

Regional Projects

The forms and traditions of religious and spiritual expression often coincide with geographic, political, and cultural boundaries. Scholars with recognized expertise in specific regional traditions have been invited to organize the Regional Projects listed above.

Local Projects

Communities in the United States have become increasingly more diverse religiously and spiritually in recent decades. A number of scholars have undertaken community research projects chronicling how religion and spirituality are organized and lived in a specific community. Links to those Local Projects are presented here.

Resources

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Interview Forum

WRSP has organized an Interview Forum where both interviews conducted by WRSP and interviews published by other media outlets are gathered. Interviews with scholars and other knowledgeable individuals have been selected to offer insights that augment the group profiles on WRSP.

 

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The Media Center

There has been extensive media coverage of the groups, individuals, and activities covered in WRSP profiles. The Media Center identifies and links to a number of media sites that will be particularly useful to religion scholars.

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Books, Articles, Papers, & Reports

WRSP supplements religious and spiritual group profiles with Articles & Papers provided by supporting scholars. They offer resources that augment the information contained in WRSP profiles. Permission to duplicate or distribute these materials remains with the authors.

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Video Connections

WRSP locates and links to online video materials that supplement and enhance the text entries. The Video Connections entries are listed alphabetically and linked with relevant text entries.

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Archive Centers

There are numerous archives that have preserved material of interest to scholars studying contemporary and historical religious and spiritual groups. Many of these archives are small and relatively unknown. WRSP is cataloging these Archive Centers as a research resource for scholars.

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Scholar’s Corner

The Scholar’s Corner offers video interviews with Nova Religio and World Religions and Spirituality Project authors and video presentations on topics related to alternative and emergent religions.