Connecting educators, students, and scholars working at the intersections of religion and education to build community, support research, and promote religious literacy.

Connecting educators, students, and scholars working at the intersections of religion and education to build community, support research, and promote religious literacy.

We are an interdisciplinary network of educators, students, and scholars who examine issues involving religion and education in the United States, Canada, and around the globe. The REC strives to bridge gaps between academic fields and educational arenas to promote research and initiatives on religious literacy education, relationships between religion and public schools, and other topics at the intersections of religion and schooling. 

We meet regularly via video conference during the academic year. These sessions provide space for members to present on works in progress, seek feedback on projects, and share findings and experiences with initiatives related to religion and education. 

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Stay tuned! We’re planning some great sessions for the rest of the semester. To be sure you don’t miss our next event, be sure to join and look for our newsletter.

REC Reading Group

We are starting a new reading group on religious literacy education. This reading group aims to create a space for scholars, practitioners, and other stakeholders to discuss new research, examine issues in the field, and sharpen our thinking on our common project. The group will meet monthly, with each meeting focusing on discussion of an article or chapter in the field.

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Headshots of three teachers, two women and one man, superimposed on the image of a chalkboard with the title Teaching Religious Literacy: Teacher Panel. Text on the chalkboard says Wednesday, January 10, 2024 3:30pm (ET)

Teaching Religious Literacy: Teacher Panel

January 10, 2024 – Join three secondary religion teachers for a conversation about how they teach about religion in their different contexts. They will share examples from their classrooms and discuss the challenges of teaching about religion in today’s educational climate.

Religious Literacy: Children’s Museums as Playful Spaces to Engage Young Children and Adults

November 1, 2023 — Children’s museums provide playful spaces within the public sphere for children and adults to engage together through familiar and novel content and platforms. This talk explores processes in developing religious literacy within the informal educational context of Boston Children’s Museum (BCM). To guide critical theory-practice connections, we reflect on how as collaborators in the Religious Literacy Initiative we sought to provide children and the adults who care for them opportunities to: 1) unpack how beliefs and values develop as a facet of identity; 2) increase comfort around differing belief systems and uncover commonalities; and 3) celebrate religious, cultural and familial traditions. 

Podcasting as Pedagogy

October 12, 2023 — World Religions high school teacher Greg Soden will offer tips, show examples and rubrics, and discuss the various tools available to educators who want to assess their students via podcasting!

The Religion & Education Collaborative is supported by The Foundation for Religious Literacy. 

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