Areas of Study

Effective religious & Civic leadership

the Vision

Effective religious and civic leadership in the United States requires a thorough understanding of the First Amendment principles that govern the relationship of religion and government, define protections for the free exercise of religion, and provide the civic framework for living among people of all religions and none.

the Problem

Unfortunately, many leaders receive little or no civic education about the history and significance of the religious liberty clauses of the First Amendment. As a result, many Americans are misled about the constitutional role of religion in public life, confused about the meaning of church-state separation, and uncertain about the limits of free exercise of religion.

the Plan

To address this gap in preparation for religious and civic leadership, the Religious Freedom Center is currently partnering with leading postsecondary schools in developing accredited educational programming designed to teach the principles of rights, responsibility, and respect that flow from the religious liberty clauses of the First Amendment.

By applying this constitutional framework, leaders will be able to forge a shared understanding of the place of religion in public life and work together to sustain America’s bold experiment in living with our deepest differences.

Who Benefits

Professionals—for example, religious leaders, civic leaders, and educators—are uniquely positioned to help cultivate an informed and engaged citizenry.


For Religious & Civic Leaders

Classes for Religious Leaders

Emerging and established religious & civic leaders are exposed to a variety of constitutional and human rights frameworks to examine rule of law approaches to religion and public life. The religious diversity of the participants will help the instructors to simulate private forums for religious leaders to practice guiding principles for civic life.


For Educators

Religion & Education Classes

The Religion & Education curriculum exposes teachers and school administrators to some of the most common religious freedom issues currently found in public, charter, private, parochial and home schools. Courses will also explore the legal rights and boundaries of students’ and teachers’ religious expression in public schools.