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Jeff Long

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Dr. Jeff Long, professor of religion at Elizabethtown College, publishes and speaks internationally on the subject of religious pluralism.

Leadership and Patel

Why Interfaith Leadership Studies?

Interfaith leadership and service are increasingly important in the arena of global politics, but also matter greatly in local communities, suburbs, and cities. We have national partnerships with Eboo Patel's Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core, and have sponsored students to attend the IFYC Interfaith Leadership Institute.


Why Religious Studies?

In the 21st century, religion is as powerful a force in the world as it has ever been. In our program, you can learn about the religions of the world from books, and also from real-world experiences. We have connections with many local and regional churches, synagogues, and temples.

Caitlyn Whirt '15


Caitlyn is a member of the class of 2015 from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is a double major in Political Science and Religious Studies with a concentration in Ethics and Society.

Caitlyn Whirt

What made you decide to study religion and what made you decide to do so at Elizabethtown?

Religious Studies is my second major here at Elizabethtown College. Rev. Sadd was my first year seminar professor so we had talked a lot about life in our time together my first year here. I have strong religious views and wanted to do something more with helping people than just going to law school. During winter break one year it came to me that it would be perfect for me to go into work involving a law degree and helping people deal with unethical crimes or treatment such as with the International Justice Mission, Amnesty International, or some other group. This way I can include a part of life that is important to me, religious life, into my original plans.

What has been your favorite memory of your study of religion here so far?

I had both Religion and Violence and Peace, War, and Nonviolence with Dr. Mike Long at the same time so I got to spend my Tuesdays and Thursday of a semester completely with the thought provoking and intriguing topics of his classes.

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