What is Pluralism? What does the Pluralism Project do?
Our mission is “to help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources.”
To learn more about the realities of religious diversity in America and our research, please see our online resource On Common Ground: World Religions in America, Case Study Initiative, and pilot study America’s Interfaith Infrastructure: An Emerging Landscape.
How has religion changed over the last ten years in my home state?
Checking out our online resources will give 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, visit the Landscape section of On Common Ground to see if we have mapped religious diversity in your area. You can also check our Resources by State to see if a Pluralism Project affiliate is conducting research in your region. 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 BuddhismBuddhism is a multi-hued tradition of life, thought, and practice that has developed from the teaching and practice of Siddhartha Gautama (6th century BCE) who came to be called the Buddha, the awakened one. The three major streams of the tradition—Ther... (or IslamIslam in Arabic literally means “submitting” or “submission.” One who submits or surrenders his or her will to God is called a Muslim. While the whole of God’s creation is described as being inherently Muslim, human beings must choose whether to..., or SikhismSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob..., etc)?
On Common Ground: World Religions in America offers many resources to help you with your search, especially the Religion section. Our site also includes research reports, center profiles, newsfeeds, and bibliographies for many traditions.
You might also be interested in talking to a member of the tradition, or in attending an open house or community education program hosted by a local religious center. Use our searchable Directory of Religious Centers to find a religious community in your area.
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.
We have collected links to a few resources to help you explore this question. These links will point you to different organizations and some of their most recent reports. You can also search our Religious Diversity News archive using “statistics” as a keyword for additional information. Our archived page on statistics, first compiled over a decade ago, may also be of historical interest.
Resources and organizations that estimate the populations of religious communities in the United States:
The Association of Religion Data Archives | www.thearda.com
Pew Forum for Religion and Public Life | www.pewforum.org
- “The Rise of Asian Americans” (Pew Research Social and Demographic Trends) (2012)
- “Asian Americans: A Mosaic of Faiths” (2012)
- “How Many Sikhs?” (2012)
- “Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream” (2007)
Public Religion Research Institute | www.publicreligion.org
- American Values Atlas (2014)
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 templesA temple is a house of worship, a sacred space housing the deity or central symbol of the tradition. The Temple in Jerusalem was the holy place of the Jewish people until its destruction by the Romans in 70 CE; now the term “temple” is used by th. Ref..., mosquesMasjid (plural masajid) in Arabic means “place of prostration,” or the place where Muslims bow in prayer; in English, this word has become “mosque.” A masjid contains a prayer hall in which there is a mihrab or prayer niche, and a minbar or pulpit..., gurdwarasThe gurdwara, “the gateway of the Guru,” is the place for community gathering and worship in the Sikh tradition. The Guru is the Adi Granth, the sacred scripture of the Sikh tradition. Each center will include a chamber where the Adi Granth is kept, a... 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?
We have compiled a list of our resources related to interfaith engagement, including our pilot study on interfaith initiatives, an RSS feed of interfaith news stories, relevant research reports, and affiliate projects. Our pilot study, America’s Interfaith Infrastructure: An Emerging Landscape, features promising practices and case studies from different cities around the country.
We also maintain a collection of selected links that point to a variety of interfaith groups that may have guides, suggestions and tips, and other helpful information.
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 as well as a research report on religious diversity and the workplace. Our Religious Diversity News archive can also be searched by keyword to provide you with leads. For more current news story, check out our Religion Diversity Newsfeed.
I’d like to invite Diana Eck to speak. What is the best way to reach her?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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, Fremont, U.S.A, On Common Ground, or a Pluralism Project Case Study?
On Common Ground: World Religions in America is now updated and available online, free of charge. When did that happen? And what happened to the CD-ROM? This transition to an online format happened in August 2013 and you can read more about the history and evolution of this resource by visiting the OCG “About” page.
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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 email@example.com 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 contact information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 rarely 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. You can read more about our methodology here.
Can we have our organization’s Center Profile changed?
Please email email@example.com 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. Please click here for more information on affiliation and here for more information about summer internship opportunities.
Can you add a link to our organization’s website?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 that 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!
- You can join our e-newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.
- If you see local news articles that involve religious diversity, send a link to the article to email@example.com or tweet it to us. We may include it in our Religion Diversity Newsfeed and/or feature it on social media.
- You can also participate in our annual photo contest which invites submissions that document the vibrant religious diversity of America. The most up-to-date information available for this year’s contest will be posted to the photo contest page our website.
- People conducting research on America’s religious diversity can apply to be a Research Affiliate: our affiliate application materials are online.
- We also offer a small number of summer internships. Information about these internships—as well as internship opportunities from other organizations—is posted on our website and updated each winter.
- We are always grateful for donations, especially financial contributions that help us continue our work. To learn more about how you can contribute in this way, please visit our donation page. Books, movies, and articles can be donated to our hardcopy library of research resources. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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