Religious Literacy Project

Judy Beals

Past and Present Context in Religious Education

August 5, 2020
"Religion is a lived thing. It is practiced as it is understood and adhered to by its adherents and its followers. And that means it is always changing and evolving. So two communities within the same branch may practice their religion very differently," said Judy Beals, associate director of the Religious Literacy Project.
Diane L. Moore

HDS Partners with Boston Children's Museum to Explore Religious Literacy

April 30, 2020

Boston Children’s Museum has received a grant from the Lilly Endowment to conduct research into religious identity and spirituality in the context of the public experience of the Museum. The grant is funding explorations into ways to improve understanding of religions and foster knowledge and respect for diverse religious beliefs.... Read more about HDS Partners with Boston Children's Museum to Explore Religious Literacy

HDS alum Zach Davis

HDS Alum Receives Religion Reporting Award

September 23, 2019
Zach Davis, MTS '19, was recently awarded the Chandler Award for Excellence in Student Religion Reporting by the Religion News Association, the premier journalism association for people who write about religion in the news media. He was honored for his work as executive producer and host of the podcast Ministry of Ideas, an initiative of the Religious Literacy Project at HDS.
Noam Shuster-Eliassi

HDS Fellow Is a Jewish Israeli Comic with Palestinian Fans

September 6, 2019
On a recent Wednesday, Noam Shuster-Eliassi strolled around the tiny village in Israel where she grew up, Neve Shalom or "Oasis of Peace," wishing goodbye to her neighbors. The Israeli comedian was heading to Harvard University in just a few days for to serve as a visiting fellow with the Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative of the Religious Literacy Project at HDS. There, she will be writing an hourlong comedy show in Hebrew, English, and Arabic. She is calling it, “Coexistence My Ass.”
By Deseret News

HDS's Diane Moore on What Americans Know About Religion

July 24, 2019
"If you embrace a complex, rich and dynamic understanding of religion, you'll never exhaust the incredible array of religious expressions it's possible to study," says Diane Moore, director of the Religious Literacy Project at HDS.
Religious symbols on chalkboard

HDS Project Transforms the Perception of Religion in Classrooms around the Nation

January 4, 2019
Thanks to the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School, which guides teachers in incorporating a constitutionally sound approach to presenting the interplay between culture and religion, students are developing better understanding of how the multiple facets of religion influence human experience.