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The Center’s Theological Laboratory – Religica

The Center’s Theological Laboratory – Religica – is committed to public theological engagement for a new generation. The Religica Theolab is a place of experimentation that tests new methods and content for use in classroom and community. Drawing from religious traditions, spiritual pathways and indigenous wisdom, Religica uses audio blogcasts and podcasts, fresh video content, educational resources, and convenes conversations of substance on the challenges that impact society today. The methods and resources tested and refined in the Religica Theolab are repurposed into the Center’s primary engagement to classroom, community, and society.

Featured Podcasts

A selection of featured Religica podcasts from the Theolab. 

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The Nature of Weariness 

In this Religica Theolab Podcast, Mona Siddiqui and Dr. Serene Jones speak with Dr. Michael Trice on the naure of weariness. 

“Finding time to rest, refocus, and rebalance your life is something that comes late to all of us.” – Mona Siddiqui

Laudato Si and a Shared Future

In this Religica Theolab Podcast, Professor Michael Murphy speaks with Dr. Michael Trice about the Laudato Si and a Shared Future.

"What is hope? Hope is not optimism. They’re different species. Hope is uglier and messier. But, it’s also more vital. […] Hope is a theological virtue that’s infused; it’s given to us.” – Michael Murphy

Interreligious Dialogue and Partnership

In this two-part episode of the Religica Theolab Podcast Dr. John Borelli, speaks with Dr. Michael Trice about Interreligious Dialogue and Partnership.

“It’s not just a matter of saving the Earth, but a matter of taking care of all of humanity at the same time.”– John Borelli

AI and Us

In this two-part conversation of the Religica Theolab Podcast,  Mark Chinen speaks with Dr. Michael Trice about artificial intelligence, technology and humanity.

“As long as a human is not fooled into thinking that they are dealing with another human being, then ethical questions are largely resolved. But, If we find ourselves dealing almost half the time with artificial intelligence and half the time with human beings, what happens when we have to make choices between the two?” – Mark Chinen

Featured Blogcasts

A selection of featured Religica podcasts from the Theolab. 

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Gratitude and Creativity: Lessons From Mother Earth

In this Religica Theolab Blogcast, Phyllis Curott speaks about lessons from Mother Earth on gratitude and creativity. 

The Divine really is just a breath away.  And it’s the simplest, most natural, daily acts – the things we do all the time, that we take for granted and that our lives depend upon – that can open and fill our hearts with the wisdom, grace, and creativity of the world we depend on and that depends on us.” – Phyllis Curott

Support in the Midst of Constant Change

In this Religica Theolab Blogcast, Charline Manuel explores how we can create community after sustained trauma and uncertainty. 

“If we are to lend support to “traumatized” communities it must be done in awareness of the stories lodged in the center of great pain, fear, and anger. Beyond listening, we must bring authenticity, inclusivity, and compassion with our methodology.” -Charline Manuel


Gratitude and Forgiveness

In this Religica Theolab Blogcast, Marcia Riggers discusses the connection between gratitude, forgiveness, and being open to new possibilities. 

To be truly grateful, that which flows from the heart needs to be named or identified. “What did I just see or hear or feel that brought forth gratitude?” – Marica Riggers


Choosing to Build Relationships

In this Religica Theolab Blogcast, Mahrukh Motafram explores how we can create community after sustained trauma and uncertainty. 

"If we all asked ourselves what changed during these past few months, I hope we can agree that it is our attitude towards our lives, respect for our environment and for each other.” -Mahrukh Motafram


Joy, Sorrow and Trauma

In this Religica Theolab Blogcast, Diane Tomhave discusses the need of sharing stories of joy, sorrow, and trauma. 

"There is a way through. We will heal by supporting each other. We will heal by laughing, crying, and singing together. We need to remember what it means to be human. We will heal by telling stories of gratitude to get us through. Our shared stories will give grace to heal and repair what is broken within and amongst us. -Diane Tomhave 

Religica Response to Violence 

This resource, created in cooperation with Seattle University and the Parliament of the World’s Religions, is a free resource developed for use by individuals and communities on responding to the challenge of violence in our world. 

This multi-media resource is rich with videos, articles, podcast interviews from influencers around the world, and provides a roll-up-our-sleeves guide for responding to violence in our communities.  Study alone or in groups; the resource is ready for you to explore.

Religica Response to a Changing Climate

The Religica team creates projects that respond to the challenges vexing all of us. We do this alongside allies you trust, who value the healthy engagement of religious and spiritual traditions in the world.

Each project responds to global challenges by caring about the future of those we’ve never met, by acting for the sake of a friend’s present, and by even inhabiting the planets of adversaries.


Allies matter in every area of our lives. These are many of the colleagues who align themselves to the work of the Religica Theolab at the Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement.  Allies hail from local communities to the United Nations, among other agencies.  Click on many of the faces of leaders below, and hear them reflect on their stories.  Would you like to become an ally?  Contact us at

Religica Theolab

The Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement includes our own theological laboratory: the Religica Theolab.

Visit our Theolab here.