Pluralism Project's Kathryn Lohre Set for RCCongress 2010

April 29, 2009

Author: Kathryn Lohre

Source: World Faith News

Kathryn began her work with the Pluralism Project as a student researcher on the Women's Networks in 2000. As assistant director, she is now responsible for managing student research and the Religious Diversity News database, as well as Pluralism Project development, administration and outreach.

Kathryn received her B.A. in psychology, religion and women's studies from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota (1999) and her Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School (2003). She is currently serving on the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Since the mid-1960s, immigration has dramatically changed the religious landscape of the United States. Today, the encounter between people of different religious traditions takes place in our own cities and neighborhoods.

In 1991, the Pluralism Project at Harvard University began a pioneering study of America's changing religious landscape. Through an expanding network of affiliates, we document the contours of our multi-religious society, explore new forms of interfaith engagement, and study the impact of religious diversity in civic life. Our mission is to help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources.

At this time of remarkable change, religion communicators have a critical role to play. As new technologies impact the medium and speed of communications, what tools can we use to improve the quality of religion coverage? How might we better reflect our complex and increasingly diverse religious landscape?

This workshop will explore a broad range of tools produced by the Pluralism Project that can aid in the effective communication of our multi-religious reality. We will "test-drive" our online news database, directory of religious centers, and introductory materials on the world religions, and explore our documentary films, case studies, and the use of social networking sites to expand the audience and impact of our work.