The Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality is the first and oldest program of its kind in the nation.
Founded in 1995 with the support of a $2.5 million endowment from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality is the first and oldest program of its kind in the nation. Our home base is Vanderbilt Divinity School, a theologically progressive, interdenominational school recently named a Seminary that Changes the World. The Carpenter Program’s work on such issues as LGBTQI equality and reproductive health, rights and justice is deeply intersectional, intellectually informed, ethically responsible, and practically tested.
Changing hearts and minds on controversial issues will not happen overnight.
Key to long-term success, we believe, is creating robust and diverse cohorts of faith leaders equipped with the intellectual and practical resources necessary for that labor.