What is Pluralism?

An ethic for living together in a diverse society: not mere tolerance or relativism, but the real encounter of commitments.

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Rivers of Faith

The religious traditions of humankind are shown here as circles, each containing a commonly used symbol of that tradition. But this visual image of separate boundaried circles—graphically convenient as it is—is highly misleading, for every religious tradition has grown through the ages in dialogue and historical interaction with others. 

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The religious landscape of America is changing. In the past fifty years, new immigrants have arrived from all over the world seeking political freedom and economic prosperity. They have come with their cultural and religious traditions, their Qur’ans and Bhagavad Gitas, their rituals, prayers,  and forms of mediation, their songs, dances, and arts. They have put down roots in American soil and created community centers and sacred spaces.

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The Case Initiative

With the dilemmas and disputes of our multi-religious society as our primary texts, the Pluralism Project integrates the case method into teaching and learning about religion. How might this participant-centered, discussion-based pedagogy change the way we teach—and how students learn? 

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Our New Website Launches

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We are thrilled to announce the launch of our redesigned, streamlined website, providing quality online educational tools at a time of emergency online learning. Updates to some of our most popular content include new summaries for essays on seventeen Religions and their Encounter with one another in the American context. New educational content includes access to Pluralism Project case studies, a curated and growing selection of film resources, and a new map and slideshow in the Landscape section. This redesign was made possible by a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. We continue to work remotely—from Massachusetts, Minnesota, Virginia, Vermont, and Wisconsin—to improve, expand, and maintain this site. Please complete this survey to offer your feedback!

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A vivid portrait of American religious diversity through images, videos, voices, and selected news articles

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