Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pluralism? What does the Pluralism Project do?

We address this question on our home page. Our mission is “to help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources.” You can read more about it on our Mission page.

How has religion changed over the last ten years in my home state?

By looking through our online resources, you can get an idea of the way your home state has changed over time. First, our database of Religious Diversity News articles is searchable so you can explore articles about your state. Next, check our Resources by State to see if we have an affiliate studying your area. Finally, several articles written by Diana Eck and our affiliates can provide a background about changes on a national level, giving a broad context to local examples.

Can you help me learn about Buddhism (or Islam, or Sikhism, etc)?

Our Resources by Religious Tradition offers many resources to help you through your search. This site includes research reports, center profiles, news articles, and bibliographies about each tradition. You might also be interested in talking to a member of the tradition, or a local religious center may have an open house or community education programs. Use our Directory of Religious Centers to find a religious community in your area by searching under tradition and state. Finally, if you are interested in taking a more formal, academic class on this tradition, we suggest looking into local colleges and universities that might offer classes that would suit your needs.

How many Buddhists/Hindus/Muslims are there in my home state? In the U.S.?

Please visit our statistics page. You can also search Religious Diversity News using “statistics” as a keyword for additional information.

I am looking for a Buddhist/Hindu/Muslim speaker for an interfaith panel in my hometown. Can you recommend someone?

The Pluralism Project does not maintain a national speaker list; however, our online Directory of Religious Centers may provide some help. Check the directory for local interfaith groups who may have such a list for your area. You can also check the directory for local temples, mosques, gurdwaras and centers near you that may be able to supply you with the contacts you need.

I want to start an interfaith group. What resources can you suggest to help me get started?

The Online Interfaith Resource Guides is a collection of links to resources from a variety of interfaith groups, and includes guides, suggestions and tips, and other helpful information. Our Interfaith Initiative page also offers extensive useful resources.

What resources do you have on religious diversity and the environment, religious diversity and poverty, religious diversity and the workplace, etc.?

The best way to find these resources is to do an overall website search with key terms. You can search using your interest (poverty, environment, peace, etc) as a keyword, which will lead you to related research. For example, a search for “Environment” will provide our “Selected Links: Interfaith Environmental Resources”, and a search for “Workplace” will provide Dr. Douglas Hicks’ work on “Religion and the Workplace”. Our Religious Diversity News database can also be searched by keyword to provide you with leads.

I'd like to invite Diana Eck to speak. What is the best way to reach her?

Please email with the details of your request. We can forward the email to her and may be able to suggest alternative sources for speakers in the likely case that her demanding schedule prevents her participation.

How can I order a copy of Acting on Faith or On Common Ground?

Ordering information for Acting on Faith is available here. On Common Ground is available through The Pluralism Project. The materials in World Religions in Boston are now available online.

How do I subscribe and unsubscribe to the newsletter?

Please send an email to with “subscribe” or “unsubscribe” in the subject line and we will make the change to our mailing list.

I want to use a photograph from the Pluralism Project website. What's involved?

Many of our photographs are joint copyrighted with our affiliates, others are our copyright alone, and others we do not have any further rights to offer. Please send an email to detailing the specific photograph(s) you wish to use and for what purposes. Include a link to where the photograph appears on our site. We will then be able to let you know the status on the rights, and we may refer you to the photographer directly. Fees may be involved, especially if you require specific formats for publication.

How do I add or correct information in the Directory?

If your organization is not in the Directory of Religious Centers, or has an incorrect address or phone, please email with the information and we will correct it as soon as possible. Please note that we include Christian and Jewish centers in our Center Profiles, but not in our Directory; the reason for this is we must reasonably limit our project, and since there are already a great deal of resources and directories focused on Christian and Jewish centers, we do not specialize in these areas.

Can we have our organization’s Center Profile changed?

Please email with the corrections you suggest, and we may make the changes ourselves or may need to contact the researcher. Unlike the directory, the Center Profiles are the work of individual researchers, and reflect a snapshot of a particular time in a center’s history. We appreciate receiving updates.

Do you offer research grants?

Currently, we no longer are able to offer research funding. We continue to offer affiliation and unfunded summer internships; click here for more information.

Can you add a link to our organization’s website?

Send an email to with the link. If your organization is in the Directory of Religious Centers, we will add the link to its entry. Suggestions for our Selected Links pages will be reviewed periodically.

Will you publish or publicize my book/movie/event?

We are always interested in learning more about current events and new publications. However, we only publicize events or publications which we have participated in, sponsored, or otherwise partnered with. Articles written by our affiliates and research associates are featured on this site. You may wish to consider applying for affiliation. We welcome submissions for our library and archives.

How can I become involved in the Pluralism Project?

There are many ways to help with our work! First, you can join our e-newsletter. If you see local news articles that involve religious diversity, send a link to the article to and we may include it in "the Religion Diversity Newsfeed". People conducting research on America’s religious diversity can apply to be a Research Affiliate: our affiliate application materials are online. Books, movies, and articles can be donated to our hardcopy library of research resources. We also accept financial donations.