December 16, 2015
In the coming year, the Pluralism Project will celebrate 25 years of work on the many critical issues of religious diversity in our society. Frankly, I could never have imagined 25 years ago where this work would take us. It seems like yesterday that I met for the first time with students to create a research seminar on World Religions in New England. I, like my students, was curious and eager to learn how the post-1965 immigration had impacted our local religious and interfaith landscape.
Twenty-five years later, those site visits and seminar discussions have evolved into a thriving research and educational project. Our work in Boston spread to dozens of affiliate professors, hundreds of students, and countless religious communities and interfaith groups across the country—all of us taking stock of America's new religious diversity, our expanding sense of the "we," and the multiple ways in which the efforts of diverse religious communities have created an "interfaith infrastructure" that will be increasingly important to the life of American cities and towns.
Over the years, the Pluralism Project has been a leader in convening interdisciplinary and multi-sector conversations on critical issues facing our society—religious discrimination and workplace accommodation, religious diversity and public policy, women’s religious leadership, fear mongering and bridge-building in post-9/11 America. As we know, these issues have become increasingly divisive, both in the U.S. and in the rest of the world.
Drawing from our history and experience, we are excited to announce that we will celebrate our 25th anniversary with an event here in Cambridge on September 22-23, 2016. We will bring Pluralism Project alumni and supporters together to assess where we have been and look toward the future. Please stay tuned for more information.
Your continued support has made this possible. Thank you for being a vital part of the Pluralism Project’s work. Your gift today will help us expand upon this legacy. In honor of this milestone, our fundraising goal this year begins with $25,000. Will you show your support and be a part of this chapter in our history?
Finally, we are delighted and humbled by the news that the Pluralism Project was recently named co-recipient of the 2016 Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize from Hofstra University. This is an honor that we share with you, our partners in this work. Thank you again for your support.
Diana L. Eck
Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies
Frederic Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society
Director, The Pluralism Project
P.S. You can make a donation by check or online. For more information, please visit our website. Thank you!