Sacred Space

What does religion have to do with space exploration?

Quite a lot, actually. Space exploration is not isolated from culture; rather, it is imagined and practiced within it. As our project will show, the histories, ideologies, representations, and practices of religion are actually central to the project of conceiving and building human space futures. As we venture into space, religion and religious ideas will accompany us, whether we’re conscious of them or not.

This project will produce a series of public symposia, placing diverse guests from the space sector and from religious traditions in dialogue around questions of religion and space exploration.

  • How has religion shaped space exploration?
  • How has/will space exploration shape religion?
  • How do our religious traditions teach us to conduct ourselves in space?
  • What is the cosmic future of humanity?

Religion and space exploration have always been in conversation.

We’re making that conversation public.

Key accomplishments

  • Coming soon

Project contact: 

Lance Gharavi

Funding years:


Team members

Abigail Edenfield

Student Researcher

Lance Gharavi

Associate Director

Jessica Lundquist

Student Researcher

Amanda Morrison

Student Researcher

Mary-Jane Rubenstein

Project co-lead

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