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Spring 2006, Vol. 33 No. 2

Guest Editors' Preface

This issue of Religion and Education is devoted to the theme of Spirituality in Higher Education. In 1998, Wellesley College hosted a conference entitled Education as Transformation: Religious Pluralism, Spirituality and Higher Education that drew more than 800 participants. Related themes became the focus of many conferences since then, hosted by such institutions as AAHE, AAC&U, NASPA, the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), the University of Massachusetts Amherst, North Carolina State University, and Princeton University. A number of books have been published, and numerous articles have appeared in professional journals. The topic appears to be of growing interest, and the articles found here expand upon this emerging work.

In 2003, three organizations that had been formed to address various aspects of the impact of religious diversity and the role of spirituality in higher education agreed that collaboration among them would exemplify the integrative aspects of this emerging spirituality, and so the Collaborative on Spirituality in Higher Education (CSHE) was formed. The three organizations include the Community for Integrative Learning and Action (CILA), the Education as Transformation project (EasT), and the Initiative on Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education (IASHE). Individual members of the new collaborative have pooled their efforts to create the articles in this issue.

Peter Laurence, Executive Director
Education as Transformation

Joseph Subbiondo, President
California Institute of Integral Studies