The Institute for Religion, Politics & Culture supports research and scholarship on the way public policy and legislative initiatives are shaped by religion. The Institute will build integrated frameworks for political and social change movements through academic research and analysis, generating media content, offering training and workshops, and activating culture change. In addition, it will also provide programming and consulting to legislators, policy advocates, and the public.


The Institute will invite and support experts (faculty) in particular areas (religion, theology, ethics, sociology, psychology, philosophy, history, etc.) to contribute to scholarship on key political issues with the goal of informing political and cultural foundations for social change. The Institute will engage people in spaces of public leadership (elected officials, foundations, advocacy organizations, political strategists) to connect and bridge thought leadership in the public sphere.

In the coming year, the key initiatives include:

+ Conduct a deep analysis nationwide of work happening in this space

+ Build an advisory team to guide the work

+ Create and distribute a podcast, complexified, interviewing leaders navigating the complex questions and realities at the intersection of religion, politics and culture

+ Host a workshop series for advocacy partners and legislators on key political issues such as:

– Criminal justice reform

– Reproductive rights

– Economic inequality


Rev. Amanda Henderson joined the Institute as its Director, effective January 1, 2021. Rev. Henderson has been the Executive Director of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado for six years. Under her leadership, the Interfaith Alliance Colorado has become one of the most effective advocacy groups in Colorado and nationally.

An Ordained Minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where she has served as a pastor and continues to preach and teach in multiple communities, Rev. Henderson is also highly respected as a community leader in Denver, Colorado. She has been recognized for her work in bringing people together for healing in times of tragedy and mobilizing people to action in times of injustice.

A frequent speaker and writer on topics of interfaith understanding, advocacy, and civic engagement, Rev. Henderson Rev. Henderson is the author of Holy Chaos, Creating Connections in Divisive Times. She is a graduate of Brite Divinity School (Texas Christian University) and an alumnus of the Beatitudes Society.


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