March 23, 2020 As in-person worship services are canceled or downsized amid the coronavirus outbreak, some churches across the U.S. are bracing for a painful drop in weekly contributions and possible cutbacks in programs and staff. One church leader, Bishop Paul Egensteiner of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Metropolitan New York Synod, said some of the 190 churches in his region were unlikely to survive because of a two-pronged financial hit. Their offerings are dwindling, and they are losing…
March 23, 2020 A new update to the Navy’s religious accommodations policy will allow Sikh sailors to wear turbans for the first time, following the Air Force’s decision to do the same in early February. Previously, … Read more about Navy regs update religious headgear in uniform, provides rules for beard chits
March 23, 2020 For decades, members of the New York Society for Ethical Culture, one of America’s oldest secular congregations, have gathered on Sundays for a lecture they call Platforms. These… Read more about These Secular Groups Are Bringing People Together During A Pandemic
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“What is at Stake? Exploring the Problems of Pluralism” by Ellie Pierce, from the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies (August 2015). … Read more about Context
2019 In January 2019, educators from across the country came together in Cambridge, MA for a weekend-long convening to learn about and discuss using the case study method to educate about issues of religious pluralism. With generous grants from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Pluralism Project was able to bring… Read more about Convenings
Dr. Leila AhmedVictor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School Dr. Ali AsaniProfessor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University – NELC Dr. Kate DeconinckAdjunct Assistant Professor, University of San Diego … Read more about Advisors
March 16, 2020 For the past 29 years, I’ve chosen to practice social distancing. Of course, I and the 17 other nuns I live with don’t call it that. We are formally called cloistered sisters, meaning we never leave our walled-off monastery in Summit except for doctors’ visits or… Read more about I’m a nun and I’ve been social distancing for 29 years. Here are tips for staying home amid coronavirus fears.
March 16, 2020 As outbreaks of the coronavirus spread throughout the world, people are reminded over and again to limit physical contact, wash hands and avoid touching their face. The recent Netflix docuseries “Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak” illustrates how the Islamic ritual washing, known as “wudu,” may help spread a good hygiene message. The series focuses on Syra Madad, a Muslim public health specialist in a New York… Read more about What Islamic hygienic practices can teach when coronavirus is…
This January, educators from across the country came together in Cambridge, MA for a weekend-long convening to learn about and discuss an innovative teaching method developed by the Harvard Business School and employed by the Pluralism Project for the last two decades. The method is based on case studies, which students absorb and inhabit in order to consider how different actors might respond in challenging real-life situations. For the Pluralism Project, these cases focus on dilemmas, conflicts and tensions surrounding…