Lilly Project

Special report: Faith, politics on campus
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Catherine Guiles/MEDILL

Reporter Catherine Guiles spent part of the summer and fall traveling across the country to Christian college campuses to talk to students, professors and staff about issues of faith and politics. On decision day, we present her work, which was funded by a grant from the Lilly Foundation. Above are two students at Eastern University outside of Philadelphia.

by Catherine Guiles

From visits by best-selling authors to nationally televised forums, Christian colleges are drawing more attention from political campaigns. Students, faculty and observers weigh in on the benefits and downsides of the trend.

by Catherine Guiles

Like their peers at secular universities, many students and staff members at Christian colleges are excited about the possibility of Democrat Barack Obama becoming the first African-American president. However, his race is only one reason.

by Catherine Guiles

Grace Schrock-Hurst, a junior at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, was going to vote for Barack Obama — but now she’s not voting at all. Her fellow Mennonites have long been divided over whether to vote and be involved in politics.

by Catherine Guiles

In his books and speeches, Christian author and activist Shane Claiborne tells students at Christian colleges to take action and not settle for the status quo when it comes to loving others. But some question his beliefs and philosophy.

by Catherine Guiles

More than a month after four students hung a cutout of Barack Obama from a tree on campus, several minority students and staff at George Fox University in Oregon say they’ll continue to combat racism — and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. People at other Christian colleges share their own experiences with race relations and diversity and wonder if a similar incident could happen at their schools.

by Catherine Guiles

An Arkansas company gets out the vote — and the prayers before and after — via a line of T-shirts and bumper stickers.

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