Description of RNI

The Reinhold Niebuhr Institute of Religion and Culture, an interdisciplinary, ecumenical, and interfaith community- oriented program, is named in honor of Reinhold Niebuhr, the 20th century Protestant theologian who spent a lifetime exploring the implications of religious faith for the public order. It sponsors lectures, workshops, and discussions on topics in which the interests of religion, culture, ethics, and society intersect. In recent years these have included nuclear disarmament, ecological justice, economic justice, interracial justice, and gender and society.

Dr. Peter Ellard, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Siena, directs the Institute.