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Center for Religion, Culture & Democracy

cultivating free and flourishing communities

Our Vision

The Center for Religion, Culture, and Democracy envisions democratic societies which affirm the essential role of religious convictions, peoples, and institutions in cultivating free and flourishing communities.


The Shaftesbury Fellowship | CRCD

Shaftesbury Fellowship

The Shaftsbury Fellowship’s rigorous curriculum consists of weekly readings and discussions on topics such as:

  • natural law and natural rights
  • the origins and nature of religious liberty
  • conflicts and concord between church and state
  • the place of the nation-state in the modern world
  • global dimensions of religious freedom

Become a fellow and you’ll be paired with a faculty member or professional mentor, who will provide guidance as you develop a publishable research article on a relevant topic of your interest.

The First Liberty Fellowship

We’ve gathered the best and brightest minds advocating for religious freedom today. As a fellow, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from, meet, and network with these leaders.

When you join us in D.C., you will learn all about public policy–what it is, the role statistics play in research, opinion writing, job searching, and funding and management.

After you officially complete the First Liberty Fellowship, you will be equipped with the motivation and information you need to advocate for religious freedom for all Americans, starting right in your own circle of peers.