Who’s Who in Faith and Purpose

Todd Lewis, Ph.D., professor of religious studies

Todd Lewis, Ph.D., professor of religious studies, sends his students on a mission. When teaching the introductory course in comparative religion, he assigns students to encounter a religious tradition not their own in the Worcester area’s mosques, synagogues, and Hindu and Buddhist temples. The students attend services, meet spiritual leaders, and engage with congregations. “They return to campus understanding that the surface is just the surface, and they also see their own tradition as if for the first time,” Lewis explains. “I try to stress that the major world religions survive because they satisfy people’s needs. My students need to figure out how and why they do that. They also glimpse the diversity of the world in which they will live and work.”