The Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
The Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (SSCS) exists to promote research and dialogue within the community of persons interested in the field of spirituality. The SSCS is ecumenical and strives to be inclusive of the widest possible range of expressions of Christian spirituality. Its work is interdisciplinary, encouraging the application of diverse critical approaches to the study of spirituality.
SSCS Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality heartily endorses, promotes, and strives to embody the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion among its members. We commit ourselves – Directors, committee members, members at large – to embracing and celebrating the range of religious, racial, ethnic, national, gendered, and sexual identities that comprise the human family, believing that broadening and sharing our knowledge and experience can lead to a more authentic perspective of, and engagement with, the whole.
The Covid-19 pandemic and increasing attention to manifestations of white supremacy, anti-black and brown racism, and anti-Asian racism in recent years have illuminated anew the inequalities and violence that have long existed. Therefore, we commit ourselves to scrutinizing and counteracting the ways in which white supremacy and racism, colonization, and other forms of oppression are embedded within and continue to shape our field, scholarship, pedagogies, administrative work, and ministries, often marginalizing, diminishing, and excluding persons or groups based on the differences we wish to embrace and celebrate. We believe that adhering to this commitment lies at the heart of Christian spirituality, the foundation and horizon of the Society.