About the CRCC.


About Us

Our mission is to educate a next generation of leaders in interfaith and intercultural understanding and peace.


Jonathan M. Golden, Ph.D., CRCC Director.

CCRC Presents “Frederick Douglass: The Struggle for Freedom and Civil Rights” Bicentennial Celebration, featuring presentations by Prof. Christine Kinealy, Director, Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute, Quinnipiac University and Nettie Washington Douglass, Co-founder and Chairwoman, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, February 23, 2018, Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall, Drew University, Madison NJ.

Jonathan Golden is Director of the Center on Religion, Culture, and Conflict at Drew University. CRCC is an interdisciplinary center focused on global peacebuilding and interfaith leadership.  Contact Jonathan at jgolden@drew.edu.

Golden has been teaching at Drew since 2000.  Honored with the Thomas Kean Scholar/Mentor Award, Golden specializes in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, Comparative Religion, Anthropology, Middle East, and Forced Migration.  Golden convenes Drew’s program in Conflict Resolution and Leadership and is a leader in Drew Action Scholars, an innovative new program focused on immersive learning.  He also runs the Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Transformation, which brings together young, emerging leaders of different faiths from around the world for three-week seminars on leadership, peacebuilding, and conflict resolution.

Golden has a B.A. from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.  Golden is author of two books and numerous scholarly articles, and is co-author of the forthcoming Religion in the Classroom.  He is currently writing Turning Point, a book based on interviews with ex-combatants and victims of conflict that become peace activists.  Golden holds several certificates in conflict resolution and works closely with interfaith and peace organizations in NJ and around the world, serving on the board of the Peace Islands Institute and sitting on the Interfaith Advisory Council for the NJ Dept of Homeland Security and Preparedness.  He was recently invited to join the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education of the Council of Independent Colleges as a fellow.

Golden lives in Florham Park, NJ with his wife and two children.

Friends of the CRCC

The Friends of the CRCC honor present-day donors who contribute $1,000 or more annually to the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict, including corporate matching gifts. Through the CRCC’s work with global partners, its educational initiatives with students, and its public programs, we tackle some of the most pertinent issues of our time. The Friends of the CRCC make this critical work possible. Friends receive invitations to exclusive events hosted by the Center, such as intimate pre-lecture dinners with our major speakers. Members also receive the benefits of The Drew Society, which offers priority access to select speaker events and private receptions at Drew University.

Build Peace with the Friends of the CRCC

The Friends of the CRCC philanthropically support the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict’s mission to build lasting peace around the world. Your gifts directly provide resources for:

  • Student engagement: Fatou Diallo C’13 interned at UNHABITAT to create sustainable towns and cities and served as a Youth Advocate with the United Nations Millennium Campaign. Undergraduate students also participate in international seminars and service trips around the world.
  • Arts of Respect: A two-week arts festival and competition in the visual, literary, and performing arts, AOR gives Drew’s most gifted artists, as well as local high school students, a forum for conversations about hatred and bias, while promoting cultural and religious understanding on campus and in our community.
  • Dr. Reza Aslan

    Visiting Scholars: The CRCC brings some of the best modern minds to teach at Drew. Visiting faculty have included Wallerstein Fellow, Saad Ibrahim a human rights and democracy activist; Reza Aslan, Iranian-American writer and religious scholar; and Barer Fellow Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva.org.

With funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation brings together emerging leaders from religious communities around the world to Drew’s campus to learn the latest techniques in conflict resolution. Our first participants have already begun to employ their new knowledge, skills and relationships to build peace in their home countries.

Become a Friend of the CRCC

Donation Tiers

  • Peacebuilder Platinum: annual gifts of $10,000 or more
  • Peacebuilder Gold: annual gifts of $5,000–$9,999
  • Peacebuilder Silver: annual gifts of $2,500–$4,999
  • Peacebuilder Bronze: annual gifts of $1,000–$2,499
  • Young Peacebuilder: annual gifts of $250 or more by those graduated within the last five years, or $500 by those graduated within six to ten years.

*Friends of the CRCC receive invitations to special events and your gift qualifies you as a member of The DREW Society, which provides priority access to select Drew Forum speaker events and private receptions, among other member benefits.*