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.

JLR Special Issue Call “Critical Religious Literacy”

There is a growing need for literacy scholars to examine how prejudices impact literacy practices in K-12 contexts and beyond. More broadly, the role of religion, religious literacy, and critical religious literacy cannot be underscored enough in how it shapes public and private discourses. In this special issue, we call on literacy scholars to submit Insights essays and/or empirical research that speak to the role of religion in literacy education “from the heroic to the heinous” and everything in between from a broad range of perspectives (i.e., non-Western, Western, Indigenous) and contexts (private religious to public secular schools, as well as out-of-school contexts).

Understanding Diversity & Inclusion: Exploring Indic Traditions

Flyer for 2024 Summer PD

July 8-12: Join us for a free immersive workshop where you’ll dive deep into the teachings of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Gain valuable insights and discover the best pedagogical strategies to effectively integrate these teachings into diverse educational settings.

Religious Worlds of New York Summer Institute

The Religious Worlds of New York summer institute is a project of the Interfaith Center of New York that helps K-12 teachers teach creatively and effectively about religious diversity. The next Religious Worlds institute will meet from July 8-26, 2024.  Applications are due by March 5.

Teaching Religious Literacy: Teacher Panel

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)

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.