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.
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.
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 — Mike Graziano, University of Northern Iowa
Developing local religious literacy programming can be both challenging and rewarding. In this session, Michael Graziano will provide a brief overview of the “Iowa Religious Literacy Program,” which provides professional development opportunities to Iowa public school teachers through addressing specific local religious literacy concerns.
Comic Books, Women, and the Word of God: Adapting Jewish Texts with Feminist Significance into Graphic Novels
Tuesday, May 23, 2023 — In this session, Talia Hurwich will provide a brief overview of the breadth of comic book and graphic novel adaptations of the Bible and rabbinic writings.
Chapter proposals are invited for an edited volume Religious Literacy in the Public Sphere. This book project will explore:
what religious literacy means and looks like in different contexts;
why religious literacy matters in today’s social and political landscapes;
how to endorse the development of religious literacy in the public sphere.
Religion and Public Life is partnering with Harvard’s Global Studies Outreach Committee to provide a four-day, on-campus workshop focused on religion and nationalism, from July 31 – August 3, 2023.
The 34th Teachers’ Institute is from July 9 to 22, 2023. The Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institutes have been held at our famous facilities in Abiquiu, New Mexico since 1994. Our goal is to enable educators to teach about Islam with greater confidence. Participants gain a deeper understanding of the basic tenets of Islam, and see firsthand […]
Religious Literacy Education Beyond Secondary Social Studies: Including English Language Arts in Secondary Teacher Professional Development
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 — Gayle Pagnoni, Program Director at the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance at Rice University will discuss the expansion of her professional development program to include English Language Arts.
The American Academy of Religion (AAR) will host four online workshops, initiating conversations about the fostering of religious literacy on college campuses. Based on the AAR’s “Religious Literacy Guidelines: What U.S. College Graduates Need to Understand about Religion,” the workshops will examine elements of religious literacy that contribute to a basic level of cultural competency […]
Boniuk Institue for Religious Tolerance Presents Summer 2022 Online Religious Literacy Professional Development Series: June 27-30, 2022 Religious literacy, tolerance, and understanding depend on the study and practice of pluralism, from local to global levels, especially as multicultural democracies around the world are under stress. This online professional development course for secondary social studies and […]