November 15, 2010

Dear Friends,

In this season of Thanksgiving, we give thanks for your partnership in building a culture of pluralism. This year has been a stark reminder of the critical and urgent nature of our work.

For almost twenty years, the Pluralism Project has followed the development of America’s fast changing religious landscape and studied emerging forms of civic and interfaith relationships. We have also tracked incidents of violence, denigration, and bias expressed toward religious minority groups. While the kinds of incidents we have witnessed these past months against Islamic Centers and Muslims in the US are not new, the virulence of negative voices today is. Our public discourse requires from us a more disciplined and thoughtful conversation; we must continue to frame a counter-narrative of pluralism that is effective, timely, and compelling.

In 2011, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pluralism Project. I, for one, did not anticipate the longevity of our work. Today, however, there is more demand than ever for excellent educational resources that explore our changing religious landscape, and examine the implications of America’s new plurality for citizenship and leadership in the years ahead.

In our twentieth anniversary year, we are committed to:

  • developing innovative educational resources for educators, community and religious groups, and civic leaders though our Case Study Initiative: www.pluralism.org/casestudy
  • launching, for the first time online and free of charge, our premier resource, On Common Ground: World Religions in America
  • mentoring and training a new generation of scholar-leaders through research opportunities, internships, and fellowships 
  • expanding our network of affiliates, friends, partners, and alumni, and enhancing opportunities for face-to-face and online networking 

Yet, like many other non-profits in these challenging times, we face a future that is uncertain. We invite you to consider with us the real challenges and opportunities of a public commitment to pluralism in light of the changing religious contours of America. Your tax-deductible gift will sustain our work of engaging religious difference through research, dialogue, networks, and resources. For more information, click here.

A gift of $500 could support case study research.
A gift of $1,000 could support a work study student for an entire academic year.
A gift of $5,000 could support a summer fellowship program.
A gift of $10,000 could support the partial salary of one of our staff members.

Thank you for supporting the work of the Pluralism Project. We wish you much joy and thanksgiving, in this holiday season and always!

Diana Eck and The Pluralism Project