The Center was founded in 1998, and is focused on conducting research, training others to conduct research, and promoting scholarly field-building activities related to religion, spirituality, and health. The Center serves as a clearinghouse for information on this topic, and seeks to support and encourage dialogue between researchers, clinicians, theologians, clergy, and others interested in the intersection.
The five main goals of the Center are to:
- Conduct research on religion, spirituality and health
- Train those wishing to do research on this topic
- Interpret the research for clinical and societal applications
- Explore the meaning of the research for pastors and theologians
- Discuss how theological input can advance the research