REC Seminars & Presentations

REC Reading Group

You are invited to join a new reading group on religious literacy education. Religious literacy education is a relatively new field. Field research and academic debate are constantly adding new perspectives to its theory and practice. 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.

For the initial session of the reading group, we have set aside the last Tuesday of each month at 4:00 pm ET to meet on Zoom to discuss a text related to religious literacy education. For this session, we have selected the following pieces on the theme of “Perspectives on the Field of Religious Literacy:”

    Kate and Dan will take turns leading discussion for these first few meetings. We ask that participants commit to attending the majority of the meetings for each session and reading the assigned text ahead of the discussion. 

    If you have ideas for readings and would like to lead a discussion on it, let us know. While we have lots of ideas about themes for future sessions, we want the community to have the opportunity to read about and discuss issues that matter to them. 

    Copies of the articles will be made available to registered participants.

    Recent Events

    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.

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    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. 

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    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!

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