After a career as a disc jockey and record producer living in Barcelona, Spain, Paul Raushenbush embarked on a personal journey that would transform his life and inspire the lives of many. Now a Baptist minister, Paul joined the Office of Religious Life in 2002 as the associate dean of religious life, where he shares his strong personal back story and messages of acceptance and respect for all faiths as he ministers to students, faculty, staff and members of the community.
As the advisor to the Religious Life Council
, Paul centers much of his work with students on two simple questions: “What do I believe?” and “What does my neighbor believe?” He teaches students to have respect and consideration for religious diversity by encouraging interfaith dialogue and non-judgmental interactions.
Paul serves as co-director of Princeton’s Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determinations’ Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations. The Program offers students and faculty at Princeton University the opportunity to study the various intersections of religion, diplomacy and international relations. In June
2009, Paul accompanied Princeton students to Vienna, Austria to present their findings at a colloquium entitled “The Role of Religion in International Development, Identity and Conflict," followed by a trip to India with 22 students to engage in interfaith dialogue. Paul, a self-proclaimed “adventurous soul,” likes that his job at Princeton allows him to continue being adventurous through his work.
Paul and his colleagues in the Office of Religious Life care for the spiritual well-being of the campus community by acknowledging various religious observances, conducting services and life-cycle events and offering numerous programs that encourage interfaith dialogue and expression and practice of faith.
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