March 26, 2010

The Pluralism Project Launches the 5th Edition of World Religions in Greater Boston

March 26, 2010

Dear Friends,

We invite you to explore our newly launched World Religions in Greater Boston online at

This interactive guidebook provides an orientation to Boston’s religious landscape, featuring:

In addition to the content that is organized by tradition, there are portals for resources on women’s networks, civic life, and the interfaith movement, as well as resources for teachers. World Religions in Greater Boston is designed to educate and engage.

History and Evolution

Boston has always been at the heart of our work. The Pluralism Project grew out of a course taught by Dr. Diana L. Eck in the fall of 1990 on “World Religions in New England,” the findings of which informed the first print publication of World Religions in Boston: A Guide to Communities and Resources. The next three editions were printed throughout the 1990s, and in 1998 the first web version of World Religions in Boston was launched.

covers of first four editions

Now in its fifth edition, this online resource has evolved over twenty years to meet the needs of a larger audience. While we have always understood the value of this resource for classroom teaching and learning, we also now recognize its value for city leaders who want to better understand and engage their constituencies; social workers who appreciate the role of religion in social and family life; health care providers whose patient pool reflects our new religious diversity; and even the visitor or newcomer who is looking for a place to worship, meditate, or gather with others. We hope that this resource will also serve as a prototype for projects in other cities.

For more information about World Religions in Greater Boston, please visit:



We invite you to contribute to this resource by adding a new center online or emailing an update about an existing center to us at In order to sustain and expand our ongoing work on World Religions in Greater Boston, we need your assistance. 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go directly to supporting students and staff in updating the content of this online resource. For more information, please click here.



Our sincere thanks to those who provided funding for the fifth edition of World Religions in Greater Boston, including: the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; the Louisville Institute; the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation; and the Ford Foundation. The fifth edition features the research of interns in the summers of 2009 and 2007, as well as contributions by students and senior staff.

We would like to acknowledge the generosity of the religious communities of Greater Boston. Our sincere thanks to the countless individuals who have been our gracious hosts, learned teachers, and informed contributors. We also wish to recognize the leaders and members of interfaith organizations in Greater Boston who have provided us with both assistance and inspiration: you provide powerful examples of the value of education and engagement across the lines of difference.


Best regards,

Diana L. Eck