“…if I went back to college today…I would probably major in comparative religion because that’s how integrated [religion] is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today.” — John Kerry

The Ricci Pluralism Project hopes to provide the means through which others can learn about and embrace the varying religions and cultures of our diverse world. The Ricci Pluralism Project takes on the belief of Matteo Ricci, SJ (1552-1610) that there is a universality of the human experience and possibility of mutual understanding between cultures —and thus, at core, religions — and puts it into action in our modern, global world.

In support of its mission, the Ricci Pluralism Project includes…

  • Mapping out the sites of religious diversity in the Greater St. Louis area
  • Giving students of the World Religions course at Saint Louis University a platform to share their experiences and reflections upon visiting familiar and unfamiliar religious sites
  • Acknowledging the unique attributes of religious tendencies in the Greater St. Louis area
  • Promoting active inquiry into the pluralistic landscape of our global community
  • Acting as a bridge between academic research and student-led organizations rooted in diversity of religion and/or culture
  • Spreading knowledge, sparking interest, and budding connections of the dimensional diversity amongst all age populations in our city, country, and world
  • Integrating ancient traditions and practices into the living platforms of modern day by utilizing social media, interactive websites, and other mediums of information and conversation