Sacred Matters

sacred matters

Project Overview

Sacred Matters is a web magazine of public scholarship that undercuts conventional understandings of religion and reimagines the boundaries between religion and culture.

With a range of blogs and websites dedicated to religion flourishing online, Sacred Matters occupies a distinctive space among its peer publications. It is designed with the "nones" in mind, the fastest growing segment of the American religious landscape over the last 10 years. These are individuals who prefer not to claim a specific, singular religious identity on surveys, who are unaffiliated, and who are mostly young Americans. But while they claim no religious affiliation, they are still not completely removed from the sacred.

Features articles and commentaries that bring the sacred beings and things of society often excluded from conversations about religion and spirituality to the fore. The scope of topics is expansive but culture-bound, including everything from science to popular culture, theology to sexuality, health and healing.

A digital publication, Sacred Matters provides a forum for innovative scholarship by taking advantage of the web's capabilities to deliver audio, video, images, and text and facilitating new ways of organizing and presenting commentary, opinion, and analysis.

Project Highlights

Emory Partners

Graduate Division of Religion

Library and Information Technology Services (LITS)

Additional Partners University of Alabama

Graduate Division of Religion

Project Contacts Sacred Matters website | Journal email

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Key Contributions

ECDS projects advance Emory University's mission through research, pedagogy, publishing, and public scholarship.

Research Sacred Matters is a space that encourages interdisciplinarity in the study of religion and is an open space through which junior and senior scholars can wrestle with emerging concepts in religion.
Pedagogy The daily editorial, social media management, and video post-production tasks are done by graduate students who gain valuable experience in public scholarship through their involvement with the magazine.

The journal models open access digital publishing.

Public Scholarship Sacred Matters is a space where junior and senior scholars across disciplines are encouraged to share their research and writing on trending topics in American religious culture.