Pluralism Project Welcomes Eisenhower Fellow Petra Bahr

On April 20, 2010, the Pluralism Project hosted a visit with Eisenhower Fellow Rev. Dr. Petra Bahr.  As the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs in Germany, Dr. Bahr represents the Protestant Church of Germany (EKD) to political leaders and the public. During her fellowship, she is seeking to learn more about the religious landscape in the United States, with a particular interest in how religion and public policy are related in this context. In several cities, including Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Diego, and Houston, she will meet with religious and interfaith leaders, scholars, and think tanks. Our conversation with her focused primarily on the emergence of Muslim organizations that play a role in fostering greater civic engagement, as well as the range of grassroots interfaith organizations and initiatives that are cropping up across the nation. We also discussed the religious landscape and in Germany, and the real challenges that are unfolding with regard to public school curriculum, and the building of mosques and other religious centers.