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Message from the Director

As Director of the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality, let me welcome you to our website!

The Carpenter Program was founded in 1995 with the support of a $2.5 million grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. The Program works to meet an urgent – and ongoing – need in religious communities across the faith spectrum: to encourage thoughtful and educated engagement on difficult and sometimes controversial issues where religion, gender, and sexuality converge. Over the last 20 years, the Program has enabled thoughtful, substantive and informed dialogue about pressing and complex moral questions.

Our certificate program enables Vanderbilt students to better prepare themselves for that labor. The Carpenter staff also collaborates with various University, community, regional, and national partners to provide programming on a variety of issues and for a diverse range of contexts. I invite you to browse the website in order to get a sense of the resources and programs we have to offer and the various issues we engage. We look forward to seeing you soon at a Carpenter sponsored event!


Ellen T. Armour, PhD

E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Associate Professor of Feminist Theology

Director, Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality