The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

The Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute announced on June 25, 2015 that it received a $200,000 grant from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, based in Jacksonville, Fla. The grant will help support the launch of the “Religious Leadership in a Pluralistic Democracy” initiative, a learning curriculum designed to educate emerging and current religious leaders about the principles of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The 75-student program — the first of its kind — will begin in Spring 2016 and will feature a combination of online courses, forums and on-site workshops at the Newseum. The class will consist of adult learners who are enrolled in an accredited graduate theological program or who currently are serving a religious community. Students who complete the five courses in the program will earn a Certificate of Religion in Public Life from one of the center’s partner graduate schools.

“We are proud to support the work of the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute,” said Cheryl Tupper, vice president for programs, religion and health care at The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. “The blended learning curriculum on religious freedom and religion in American public life is poised to equip leaders with an understanding of the First Amendment so that they can foster mutual respect for religious beliefs and traditions.”