Spirituality, Resilience, Inclusion and Tolerance Lab
Understanding and exploring spirituality
in an inclusive and non-judgmental manner.
Matters of spirituality, religiosity and secularism are ubiquitous in society, affecting
many people in many different ways. Societal expectations of spiritualism run rampantly
unchecked; those who are seen as “too religious” are demeaned as zealots, those who
are spiritual but not religious are infantilized as “flower children” and those who
are secular are seen as untrustworthy or dangerous. We do not agree with these definitions,
rather we believe that every form of spiritual belief or disbelief offers strength
We hope to better understand how identity, group affiliation, cultural diversity and
mental/physical health outcomes are influenced by the multifaceted and diverse nature
of faith in the U.S. and abroad. Our research aims to inform mental health professionals,
educators, other researchers and the public in order to increase knowledge, familiarity
and effective application.