We are an independent educational charity providing information about minority religions and sects which is as accurate, up-to-date and as evidence-based as possible. We exist to prevent harm based on misinformation about minority religions and sects by bringing the insights and methods of academic research into the public domain.
CESNUR was established in 1988 by a group of religious scholars from leading universities in Europe and the Americas. Today CESNUR is a network of independent but related organizations of scholars in various countries, devoted to promote scholarly research in the field of new religious consciousness, to spread reliable and responsible information, and to expose the very real problems associated with some movements, while at the same time defending everywhere the principles of religious liberty.
Hartford Seminary’s Hartford Institute for Religion Research has a thirty-four year record of rigorous, policy-relevant research, anticipation of emerging issues and commitment to the creative dissemination of learning. This record has earned the Institute an international reputation as an important bridge between the scholarly community and the practice of faith.