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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Lived Experience, Culture, and Cognition at Faith-based Homeless Shelters

luncheon colloquium

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Ines W. Jindra
Boston College

Due to concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and in keeping our campus community safe, all Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life events will be cancelled for the remainder of the academic year.


Abstract: Religion plays a strong role at some homeless shelters. Ines Jindra will talk about how they help people take initial steps to improve their situations. Specifically, she will look at how different people, with different biographies, take advantage (or don't) of the cultural and religious resources at three different shelters. 

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Ines W. Jindra is currently an associate professor of social work in the department of sociology and social work at Gordon College, and a visiting scholar at the Boisi Center for the academic year of 2019-2020. Prior to coming to Gordon College and the Boisi Center, she has taught at Spring Arbor University in Michigan and was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame.

She is interested in narrative biographical research, in homelessness, poverty, and urban issues, as well as in religious conversion and the role of faith-based social welfare organizations. She is the author of A New Model of Religious Conversion (Brill, 2014) and other articles on religious conversion, biographical sociology, and nonprofits.

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In the United States, as homelessness rates rise, a new situation has begun to emerge: disproportionate homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth, creating an uncertain interaction between these homeless citizens and the religious undertones of organizations who are there to serve them.