February 13, 2007
Dr. Diana L. Eck’s Comments
As 2007 begins, we have embarked upon a period of transition as we implement a new organizational framework. I regretfully announce that this will mean the departure of Grove Harris, who has served as our Managing Director.For over a decade, Grove has contributed enormously to the research and expansion of the Pluralism Project through her own work and through her work with our student staff and network of affiliates. I have outlined her accomplishments in my letter posted online at: http://pluralism.org/about/2007_reorganization.php
She will continue some of her work as an affiliate of the Pluralism Project: http://www.pluralism.org/affiliates/harris/
On January 31, forty friends and colleagues gathered at the Pluralism Project to honor Grove. It was a wonderful evening of celebration.
We are grateful, and wish her all the best. Thank you, Grove.
Dr. Eck on “Religion and its Role in Global Affairs”
Dr. Eck speaks about the ways in which religion unites and divides people throughout the world on: Religion and its Role in Global Affairs, Part I, broadcast on Public Radio International’s The World on Christmas Day 2006.
Close to Home: Dr. Eck Gives Talk at Old Ship Church
On Sunday, January 14, Diana Eck spoke at the 325th anniversary celebration of the Old Ship Meeting House in Hingham, Massachusetts, the oldest wooden “meetinghouse in continuous ecclesiastical use in the United States.” Her address was entitled, “The New New England and the Old Ship.”
On the Road: Dr. Eck Speaks in Charlotte, North Carolina
In late January, Diana Eck traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to speak at the Levine Museum of the New South, where the “Families of Abraham” exhibit is currently on display. Families of Abraham celebrates the faith traditions and lives of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim families in Charlotte. Six photographers photographed eleven families over the course of a year and the exhibit provides a compelling portrait of these families and their religious traditions. See Religious Diversity News below for an interview conducted with Diana in advance of her visit. During this visit, Diana also gave an evening lecture at the Myers Park Baptist Church.
Levine Museum of the New South website: www.museumofthenewsouth.org
Thank You to 2006 Contributors
Thank you to all those who have contributed to the Pluralism Project this past year, whether through research, outreach in your own community, or through a financial gift. We would like to highlight our 2006 Friends of the Project. Your generosity has helped us to amplify our efforts.
Sheikh Muhammad Al-Sherif Visit
“Muslims in Europe and the United States: A Transatlantic Comparison”
This conference, organized by Dr. Jocelyne Cesari of the Islam in the West Program at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, was held at Harvard University on December 15-16, 2006. Participants presented the results of a six-nation study conducted in Europe on the status of Muslims. Scholars who are currently working on this topic in the US offered comparative perspectives and suggested directions for future research.
Conference papers are available online.
Islam in the West Program website: http://cmes.hmdc.harvard.edu/research/iw
Touchstones Interfaith Series
2007 Summer Internships
The Pluralism Project at Harvard University seeks interns for the summer of 2007. Interns will be involved in a wide variety of projects including research, site visits, outreach, website and database maintenance, and administrative tasks.
For more information see: http://www.pluralism.org/resources/calendar/summer_internships.php
Golden Rule Curriculum
A new addition to our Online Interfaith Resources is the Golden Rule Curriculum. Developed by the Scarboro Missions of Canada as part of their interfaith dialogue outreach, this curriculum is a tool intended “primarily for high school juniors and seniors (ages 16 to 18) to demonstrate that the Golden Rule is more than a behavioral guide for small children.” It contains exercises and resources that focus on the Golden Rule throughout various cultures and faith traditions in order to engage students in discussions on ethical principles and moral behavior.
For more information see: http://www.pluralism.org/research/profiles/display.php?profile=74171
Religious Diversity News: Top Headlines
Buddhist Congresswoman Sworn in, Urges Tolerance
Rep. Mazie Hirono, a Buddhist woman and a Hawaii Democrat, is sworn into Congress using no book at all.
American Muslim Models Interfaith Group on Peace Corps
Affiliate Eboo Patel’s Interfaith Youth Core provides a viable model for interfaith service.
Q&A with Diana Eck: A Look at Charlotte’s Diverse Religious Scene
Dr. Diana L. Eck gives an interview in advance of her visit to Charlotte, North Carolina to speak at the Levine Museum of the New South in celebration of the exhibit, “Families of Abraham.”
Valley Muslims Seek Equality in School Holidays
Senior Researcher Elinor Pierce offers commentary on how schools are (or are not) accommodating religious holidays.
International News: Top Headlines
Buddhism Gains Foothold in the Bay (New Zealand)
Immigrants from Laos and Thailand have increased the Buddhist population in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.
A link to our cross-reference for coverage of Hajj 2006.
Six Religions Exchange Views on Care for the Dying (China)
The Interreligious Dialogue Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese hosted a multi-religious dialogue in December 2006 on religious views of death and dying.