How does religion impact the city? How does the city impact religion?
We research these questions by studying faith- based organizations and neighborhoods throughout the metropolitan area, and collaborate with our research subjects using interviews, observations, discussion groups, surveys, and other tools. More than 300 students have studied congregations and religious institutions since EOL’s inception.
Dr. Courtney Bender, (Associate Professor, Columbia University Department of Religion) contends that
“C-SPUR is making a unique and important contribution to our understanding of urban sociology and urban religions. They are focusing on congregations and local communities to help social scientists, as well as theologians and ministers, better understand how religious institutions influence local and global social landscapes.”
C-SPUR encourages scholars interested in conducting research in all aspects of urban life to contact the Center.