Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion Will Present Research in Washington D.C.

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  • Byron Johnson
    Byron Johnson, Ph.D., co-director of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion
March 2, 2018

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WACO, Texas (March 5, 2018) — Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) will host a presentation on “Hope and Change for Youth in Anacostia” from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Office of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP in Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the event is to release information from the study Baylor ISR conducted on The House DC. The House DC is located in the Anacostia area of southeast Washington, D.C., on a street formerly known as “Murder Row.” This building, once a crack house, is now a catalyst for youth to cultivate healthy relationships.

The House DC works to provide opportunities for inner-city youth and their families to connect to Jesus through creative programs that meet physical and spiritual needs. Researchers will present findings on how The House DC’s work is impacting the community.

“Like many faith-based organizations, The House DC does tremendous work, but rarely gets recognition,” said Byron Johnson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences and co-director of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. “This study will hopefully bring them the attention and recognition they deserve.”

In addition to Johnson, presenters include Stephanie Boddie, Ph.D., assistant professor of church and community ministries in Baylor's Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, and LaWonda Bornstein, president and chief executive officer of The House DC.

For registration and more information visit the Baylor ISR website.


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.


Launched in August 2004, the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) exists to initiate, support and conduct research on religion, involving scholars and projects spanning the intellectual spectrum: history, psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, political science, epidemiology, theology and religious studies. The institute’s mandate extends to all religions, everywhere, and throughout history, and embraces the study of religious effects on prosocial behavior, family life, population health, economic development and social conflict. For more information, visit

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