Promoting Civil Dialogue in Religious Diversity

Leadership in the 21st century requires a sound understanding of the guiding principles of the First Amendment, which enables Americans to appreciate religious and philosophical differences through civility and respect.  To help religious and civic leaders meet the challenges of the nation’s rapidly expanding religious pluralism, the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute is collaborating with graduate schools and diverse civic and religious groups to offer courses on religious freedom and religion in public life.

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Support from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations helped launch the Newseum’s "Religious Leadership in a Pluralistic Democracy" initiative, the nation's first blended learning curriculum designed to educate emerging and current religious leaders about the principles of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Students who complete the courses in the program will earn a Certificate of Religion in Public Life from one of the center’s partner graduate schools.

By applying a constitutional framework to their coursework, leaders will forge a shared understanding of religion in public life and will work together to sustain America’s democracy and the strength which comes through religious diversity.  


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