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.

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. 

Developing Religious Literacy in Iowa Schools

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.

Call for Chapters Edited Volume: Religious Literacy in the Public Sphere

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.  

Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute

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 […]