Jill Carroll is a scholar, writer and speaker who specializes in world religions, religion and world politics, religion in public life, and applied life philosophy.
“I think I know that I’m living smart when I can walk into a room and I’m the only Anglo person—maybe I’m the only woman—maybe I’m the only person that comes from my background—and I’m not freaked out. I’m not scared. If I’m scared, if I’m nervous, if I feel a disempowering, then I know I’m not living big enough and I’m not living smart, and so that’s a big measure for me. “ - Jill Carroll
On Living Smart she’ll discuss the history of religious tolerance and why it is necessary for a civilized society.
Dr. Jill Carroll has been studying, writing and lecturing about religious tolerance for two decades. The topic has become the basis for her life’s work. In 1994, Carroll received her PhD in Religious Studies from Rice University and is now an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Rice. She is also a nationally recognized public speaker on religious topics such as the role of religion in world politics, comparative world religions, and trends in American religion, the impact of religious diversity in global business and applied life philosophy. Dr. Carroll has been interviewed by the New York Times, PBS, and Good Morning America. She has also taught at the University of Houston system, Rice University, the Women’s Institute of Houston, the Jung Center of Houston and the Texas State Prison System. With a pallet of intelligence and media literacy at her fingertips, Carroll was also a co-producer and co-host of the radio program “Peaceful Coexistence” with Kym King on KPFT 90.1 FM.
Her most recent role is as the creator and founding director of the Amazing Faith Project, a national grassroots community initiative that fosters interpersonal relationships between people of all faiths and no faith through dialogue and table fellowship. Carroll is also an award-winning author of four books. Through her work, she has become an aspiring and monumental figure in the religious movement towards tolerance, understanding and civility. She lives in Houston Texas with her partner.
“The worst thing you can do to a dogma is give it an empire.”
“The essences of all religions speak of peace, compassion, justice, and the interconnection of life.”
“The need of the moment is not one religion, but mutual respect and tolerance of the devotees of the different religions.” Mahatma Ghandi
“Those who say that religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.”
4. Pewforum.org: the pew forum on religion and public life
5. Reli.rice.edu: Religious Studies at Rice University
1. Pew Research Center
2. Family Research Council
3. Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
4. Center for Equal Opportunity
5. The Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance at Rice University
1. A Dialogue of Civilizations: Gulen’s Islamic Ideals and Humanistic Discourse
Jill Carroll with a foreword by Akbar S. Ahmed
2. The Savage Side: Reclaiming Violent Models of God
3. Toward a Global Civilization of Love and Tolerance
M. Fethullah Gullen
4. The Gulen Movement: A sociological Analysis of a Civic Movement Rooted in Moderate Islam
Helen Rose Ebaugh
5. Religious Feminism and the Future of the Planet: A Buddhist-Christian Conversation
Rita M. Gross
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