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Mission Statement

The Collaborative Humanities Investigating Religion and Power Lab (CHIRP Lab) is a place for interdisciplinary research and conversations that seek to engage a variety of academic disciplines and various community partners. 

Religion and power are wide reaching, prevalent aspects of our lives.  Religion motivates communities and countries; Power has been used to defend and desecrate.  We believe the critical exploration of the far-reaching consequences, both positive and negative, of these two universal forces of our lives are necessary to understand and enact justice.  No one stands outside the scope of power, just as no one stands outside the scope of religion. 


We believe the humanities can offer us creative and fruitful ways to explore the relationship between religion and power, and invite collaborators to investigate with us. 

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