An examination of religious diversity and interfaith relations through decision-based case studies and participant-centered discussions
In 2005, the Pluralism Project began an experiment to creatively apply the case method to the dilemmas and disputes of multireligious America. How might this pedagogy change the way we teach—and how students learn? Since that time, we have developed a small library of decision-based cases, have hosted convenings on case teaching, have fostered new collaborations, and are developing a cohort of educators who are integrating the case method in their own classroom. Together, we are applying the case method—both the participant-centered pedagogy and decision-based case studies—to teaching and learning about religion in America. Our primary texts are the dilemmas and disputes that emerge in our multi-religious society.
When Shambhala's spiritual and temporal leader (“The Sakyong”) is accused of misconduct, the community is thrown into chaos and confusion. While investigations move ahead, the Sakyong steps back from teaching and the entire governing board resigns. Now, Jessica Bizub, director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee, searches for a path forward.
After the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, a national Jewish organization announces an interfaith “Show Up for Shabbat” event the next weekend. Rabbi Joel Sisenwine reluctantly agrees to open the doors of his Wellesley, Massachusetts temple, but questions the value of an interfaith event when his community is seeking safety and security.
A selection of materials on the case method of teaching in Religious Studies and other fields. Of special interest are teaching guidelines from our colleagues at the Harvard Business School.