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Spiritual Loop Project 

The Spiritual Loop project (2020-2022), sponsored by the Templeton World Charity Foundation and the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI), investigated how machine learning can enhance the spiritual lives of disabled people and their Christian communities through the development of a Minecraft game that emphasized cooperative tasks and fostered the spiritual leadership of disabled players.

Read more about the project here.

Check out  a video here.

Interviews and Articles:

Interview with Josh Mauldin at CTI

Article at The National

Image Description: This figure shows a bird's eye view of the Spiritual Loop Project Minecraft server.

Image Description: This figure shows a bird's eye view of the Spiritual Loop Project Minecraft server.

Research Projects

Imagining Church

The Imagining Church project (2020-2023), funded by a Thriving Congregations grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., and housed at Princeton Theological Seminary, is a nationwide, digital, ethnographic study of 23 diverse congregations and their efforts at continual thriving in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Read more about the project here.

Read more about Raffety’s work with digital ethnography here.

On the left, six people stand in line, facing away from the camera towards a brick building. On the right, a clergy member stands beside a YMCA sign wearing a PPE mask facing the camera.

Image Description: Westminster Presbyterian Church in Trenton, New Jersey, distributes meals to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Isaiah Partnership

The Isaiah Partnership is a Pathways for Tomorrow grant initiative, funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., and undertaken by Princeton Theological Seminary that seeks to construct viable models for pastoral leadership for change and integrate innovation into theological education.

Learn more here.

Looking down the center aisle of a church, a cross over the altar at the front, pews in foreground

Image Description: Looking towards the front of the interior of a church down the center aisle. Wood pews face toward the front with a cross in the center at the far end.

Cultivating God's Brainforest

Cultivating God’s Brainforest is a project that brings together neurodivergent young people, youth ministry leaders, and scholars to develop a digital course to help youth workers better understand the gifts of neurodiversity within the context of Christian congregations. 


Learn more here.


Register for the course here

(launching August 2022!)

Adults and youth mix compost with shovels in large piles on the ground.

Image Description: Adults and youth mix compost during an opening retreat for “Cultivating God’s Brainforest” on the Princeton Seminary’s Farminary campus.

New Project! A Practical Theology of Chronic Illness & Long COVID

This project, sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, studies the impact of chronic illness, particularly long COVID, on Christians seeking connection in worshiping communities through interviews with clergy and congregants. 

Click here to download a FREE resource on our research for clergy & congregations.

Click HERE for an access document to accompany the Webinar video.

Image Description: Youtube video frame with title "Long COVID & Chronic Illness: Understandi..." displayed in white text over four women, three white and one black, one of whom offers ASL interpretation.

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