August 16, 2013

“On Common Ground” Now Available Online!

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the Pluralism Project! I am delighted to share with you the launch of an online and updated version of On Common Ground: World Religions in America. You can view the press release on our website at www.pluralism.org.

For fifteen years, the CD-ROM version of On Common Ground (Columbia University Press) has been a go-to resource on religious diversity in America for teachers, professors, students, clergy, community leaders, and media professionals. Over the years, many of you have expressed your hope for an online version of this wonderful resource. We’ve echoed your excitement and are pleased that this new version of On Common Ground is now online and available free of charge.

In the new online version, the time-tested educational structure of the On Common Ground CD-ROM is replicated and enhanced. We have:

• added new sections on Humanism and Unitarian Universalism to America’s Many Religions and developed new content on the experiences of Muslims and Sikhs post-9/11;

• expanded America’s Changing Religious Landscape by including interactive maps of religious diversity in select cities across the U.S. which incorporate both census data and information from the Pluralism Project Directory of Religious Centers (a database that now includes well over 10,000 entries);

• explored new versions of old challenges by integrating new materials and weblinks into Encountering Religious Diversity, further building on a rich cache of historical examples, documents, news stories, and videos that highlight the many ways in which Americans experience our new multireligious reality.

We invite you to take a brief survey about your experience of the new On Common Ground Online. As our thanks, we will randomly select to two survey respondents to receive a Pluralism Project t-shirt and a copy of the DVD Fremont, USA. Those who complete the survey and wish to be considered for a prize are asked to please respond to the survey by 5pm EST on September 3, 2013.

The Pluralism Project is grateful to Lilly Endowment Inc. which was a major funder of the original On Common Ground CD-ROM as well as the new version On Common Ground Online. This project would not have been possible without the enthusiasm and dedication of generations of Pluralism Project affiliates, researchers, staff, students, and the communities we both study and seek to serve. Thank you.

We look forward to hearing your responses to OCG!

With all best wishes,

Diana Eck