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Tools for Communicating in Multi-Religious America


Slides from Kathryn Lohre

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  • Welcome, introduce self
  • It’s built on relationships Through relationships, through study, through asking the difficult questions It is not just “you represent this” and “I represent that” and they’re basically the same, but rather it is exploring where our traditions intersect as well as diverge. Dialogue takes many forms: service, celebration, theological discourse,
  • Directed by Dr. Diana L. Eck
  • The value of a tool like this for communicators is the ability: 1) to locate contact info for religious centers & leaders 2) to contextualize your work within the larger religious landscape 3) to provide the users with links to not only websites but also images/multi-media resources of the subject of your communications PASS OUT POSTCARDS & TEST DRIVE WEBSITE – show interfaith video, Orthodox slideshow, kirpan audio clip
  • Summaries & links to original articles with s earchable archives dating back to 1997; can search by: subject, keyword, tradition, state, date, ongoing story Relevance to you?: Use as a tool for your work & send us your stories to include in the database. SEARCH by Chicago
  • News stories are really the source of many of our case studies, and we have found that the most engaging case studies are non-fiction MOVE TO SCRIPT HAND OUT – A/B case of MSP case online.
  • Show introduction to film & post-9/11 chapter.


  • 1. RCCongress 2010 Embracing Change: Communicating Faith in Today’s world Tools for Communicating in Multi-Religious America
  • 2. What is pluralism? As defined by Dr. Diana L. Eck
    • First, pluralism is not diversity alone, but the energetic engagement with diversity .
    • Second, pluralism is not just tolerance, but the active seeking of understanding across lines of difference .
    • Third, pluralism is not relativism, but the encounter of commitments .
    • Fourth, pluralism is based on dialogue .
  • 3. What is the Pluralism Project?
    • Harvard based research organization
      • Boston as a laboratory
    • Student researchers and alumnae
    • National network of affiliates and affiliate organizations
    • Expanding international network of research, civic, and interfaith organizations
  • 4. Mission
    • Our mission is to help Americans
    • engage with the realities of
    • religious diversity
    • through research , outreach ,
    • and the active
    • dissemination of resources .
  • 5. Tools and Resources
    • Website:
      • Directory, profiles, research reports, initiative pages, slide shows, etc.
      • Resources by State
      • Resources by Religious Tradition
      • Religious Diversity News
      • Research Initiatives
    • Documentary films
    • On Common Ground CD-ROM
  • 6. World Religions in Greater Boston
    • An online guide to the changing religious landscape of Greater Boston
      • Interactive maps
      • Directory
      • Multi-media resources
    • A prototype for projects
    • in other cities
  • 7. Religious Diversity News
    • Coverage of interfaith relations & religion in the public square
    • Special emphasis on Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Muslim, and Sikh communities in the US
    • Compiled weekly from major
    • newspapers, regional media,
    • press releases, newsletters,
    • commentaries, and editorials
  • 8. Research Initiatives
    • The Interfaith Initiative
    • The Civic Initiative
    • The Women’s Initiative
    • The International Initiative
    • The Case Study Initiative
  • 9. Case Study Initiative
    • Explore the dilemmas we face as citizens of a multi-religious society
      • Utilizing method in religious and theological studies
    • Develop critical thinking skills for leadership
    • Identify cases through news stories or grassroots experiences
  • 10. Fremont, USA A City’s Encounter with Religious Diversity
    • The challenges and hopes of one of the most religiously diverse cities in the USA
    • Impact of pluralism in a post 9/11 world as emblematic of what’s happening throughout the US