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Carpenter Program

Established in 1995 with a $2.5 million grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Carpenter Program is designed to foster conversation about religion, gender, and sexuality. The program is not partisan in theological outlook or political orientation, nor is it focused solely on the academic community. Rather, it seeks to provide education and encourage communication within and across religious affiliations, ideological bases, and cultural contexts.


The Carpenter Program includes facilitating courses of study, workshops, lectures, and providing consultation and information services. In this web site you will find news items concerning gender, religion, and sexuality, as well as a growing list of syllabi, tradition statements, papers and student projects, links relating to the Carpenter Program's mission, upcoming Carpenter sponsored events, and related conferences.

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Certificate Program

Useful Links regarding Religion, Gender, and Sexuality

Tradition Statements

Ellen T. Armour, Carpenter Program Director | Phone: 615-322-2776 |

Lyndsey Godwin, Assistant Director | Phone: 615 343-3984 |

Carpenter Program Administrative Office | 615-936-8453 |

Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality
Vanderbilt University Divinity School
411 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37240