Future of Religion and Diplomacy

Events

Jun
1
Wed
Open House for Religious & Civic Leaders @ Newseum (Freedom Forum Entrance on Sixth Street)
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Learn about scholarships and enrollment process in our First Amendment courses that equip religious and civic leaders to become constitutional specialists in issues of religion and public life. Meet current students. Hear from faculty and national experts. Enjoy a light breakfast. Take a free tour the Newseum.

Hosts

  • Dr. Charles C. Haynes, Ph.D., M.T.S., vice president, Newseum Institute; founding director, Religious Freedom Center
  • Rev. Kristen Looney, M.Div., project director, Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute
  • Sabrina E. Dent, M.Div., education advisor, Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute
  • Lauren W. Herman, J.D., M.T.S., curriculum specialist & instructor, Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute

Jun
30
Thu
Fall 2016 Applications Due
Jun 30 all-day
Fall 2016 Applications Due

Applications for the Fall 2016 courses are due no later than Sunday, July 31, 2016.

Applicants who successfully submit their application by 7/31 will be eligible for scholarships.

Religious Literacy & Religious Liberty for Public Schools @ Newseum (Freedom Forum Entrance on Sixth Street)
Jun 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Religious Literacy & Religious Liberty for Public Schools @ Newseum (Freedom Forum Entrance on Sixth Street) | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Public schools in the United States have long been a battleground for cultural conflicts over the role of religion in the public square.   In recent decades, however, a broad agreement has been reached among education, civil liberties, and religious organizations that public schools can and should include study about religions in the public school curriculum.  We invite you to join our workshop to learn about pluralism, religious literacy, and the legal frameworks for teaching about religion in public schools.

Nov
1
Wed
Due: Early Admissions & Scholarships Applications
Nov 1 all-day
Due: Early Admissions & Scholarships Applications

Spring 2018 Admissions

Early admissions applications for the Spring 2018 courses are due no later than Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Applicants who successfully submit their application by 11/1/17 will be eligible for merit-based scholarships.

 

Jan
7
Sun
Spring 2018 Applications Due
Jan 7 all-day
Spring 2018 Applications Due

Final notice: Applications the Spring 2018 courses are due no later than Sunday, January 7, 2018.

Only those applicants who successfully submit their application by the Early Decision due date of November 1, 2017 will be eligible for scholarships in the Spring 2018 semester.

 

Jul
6
Fri
Summer Bootcamp for Interns @ Religious Freedom Center
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Summer Bootcamp for Interns @ Religious Freedom Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Religious Liberty, Religious Literacy & Civil Dialogue

This three-session intensive will give local interns the opportunity to learn about the role of religion in public life while exploring our three areas of competency: religious liberty, religious literacy, and civil dialogue. We will host the interns on three Fridays during the month of July. Participants will be introduced to experts who are actively engaged in addressing these issues in their local and national context.

Session One: Religious Liberty & Religious Literacy

Friday, July 6, 2018

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
“The History of Religious Freedom in America” presented by Eleesha Tucker, faculty at the Religious Freedom Center

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
“Religious Literacy and Religious Identity” presented by Benjamin P. Marcus, religious literacy specialist at the Religious Freedom Center

Session Two: Legal Literacy & Civil Dialogue

Friday, July 13, 2018

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
“Religious Liberty and Legal Literacy” (Part 1) presented by Rev. Jennifer Hawks, associate general counsel with the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Civil Dialogue session presented by Rev. Kristen Looney, director at the Religious Freedom Center

Session Three: Religious Freedom Tour & Legal Literacy

Friday, July 20, 2018

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Religious Freedom Tour of the Newseum, guided by Blair Forlaw, volunteer at the Newseum and Religious Freedom Center

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
“Religious Liberty and Legal Literacy” (Part 2)

The registration period is now through June 30, 2018. For questions, please contact the director of recruitment and admissions Dr. Sabrina Dent at [email protected].

Jul
13
Fri
Summer Bootcamp for Interns @ Religious Freedom Center
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Summer Bootcamp for Interns @ Religious Freedom Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Religious Liberty, Religious Literacy & Civil Dialogue

This three-session intensive will give local interns the opportunity to learn about the role of religion in public life while exploring our three areas of competency: religious liberty, religious literacy, and civil dialogue. We will host the interns on three Fridays during the month of July. Participants will be introduced to experts who are actively engaged in addressing these issues in their local and national context.

Session One: Religious Liberty & Religious Literacy

Friday, July 6, 2018

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
“The History of Religious Freedom in America” presented by Eleesha Tucker, faculty at the Religious Freedom Center

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
“Religious Literacy and Religious Identity” presented by Benjamin P. Marcus, religious literacy specialist at the Religious Freedom Center

Session Two: Legal Literacy & Civil Dialogue

Friday, July 13, 2018

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
“Religious Liberty and Legal Literacy” (Part 1) presented by Rev. Jennifer Hawks, associate general counsel with the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Civil Dialogue session presented by Rev. Kristen Looney, director at the Religious Freedom Center

Session Three: Religious Freedom Tour & Legal Literacy

Friday, July 20, 2018

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Religious Freedom Tour of the Newseum, guided by Blair Forlaw, volunteer at the Newseum and Religious Freedom Center

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
“Religious Liberty and Legal Literacy” (Part 2)

The registration period is now through June 30, 2018. For questions, please contact the director of recruitment and admissions Dr. Sabrina Dent at [email protected].

Jul
20
Fri
Summer Bootcamp for Interns @ Religious Freedom Center
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Summer Bootcamp for Interns @ Religious Freedom Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Religious Liberty, Religious Literacy & Civil Dialogue

This three-session intensive will give local interns the opportunity to learn about the role of religion in public life while exploring our three areas of competency: religious liberty, religious literacy, and civil dialogue. We will host the interns on three Fridays during the month of July. Participants will be introduced to experts who are actively engaged in addressing these issues in their local and national context.

Session One: Religious Liberty & Religious Literacy

Friday, July 6, 2018

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
“The History of Religious Freedom in America” presented by Eleesha Tucker, faculty at the Religious Freedom Center

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
“Religious Literacy and Religious Identity” presented by Benjamin P. Marcus, religious literacy specialist at the Religious Freedom Center

Session Two: Legal Literacy & Civil Dialogue

Friday, July 13, 2018

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
“Religious Liberty and Legal Literacy” (Part 1) presented by Rev. Jennifer Hawks, associate general counsel with the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Civil Dialogue session presented by Rev. Kristen Looney, director at the Religious Freedom Center

Session Three: Religious Freedom Tour & Legal Literacy

Friday, July 20, 2018

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Religious Freedom Tour of the Newseum, guided by Blair Forlaw, volunteer at the Newseum and Religious Freedom Center

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
“Religious Liberty and Legal Literacy” (Part 2)

The registration period is now through June 30, 2018. For questions, please contact the director of recruitment and admissions Dr. Sabrina Dent at [email protected].

Jul
21
Sat
Civil Dialogue Training @ Newseum’s Learning Center
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Civil Dialogue Training @ Newseum’s Learning Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

The Religious Freedom Center, as a nonpartisan and nonsectarian initiative, is committed to promoting dialogue and understanding among people of all religious traditions and none. We carry out this mission by providing civil dialogue training and workshops, hosting the Committee on Religious Liberty, and building partnerships with organizations that represent a broad spectrum of religious and ideological perspectives.

Religious and civic leaders, educators, and business leaders are uniquely positioned to help cultivate an informed and engaged citizenry. Having the ability to facilitate dialogue is a key leadership skill for the 21st century. As sharp ideological divisions continue to polarize our communities, we need leaders who have the skills to engage people and communities who hold a variety of legal, ideological, religious and nonreligious perspectives.

We invite you to join one of our full-day civil dialogue training sessions or to schedule one with your community. The workshops will be facilitated by Rev. Kristen Farrington, civil dialogue specialist and director of the Religious Freedom Center.

upcoming sessions

  • Saturday, September 15, 2018 (registration due date is September 7, 2018)
  • Saturday, December 8, 2018 (registration due date is November 30, 2018)

training features

  • Dialogue theory
  • Learning and practicing the skills of dialogue
  • Learning how to facilitate dialogue
  • Learning the practical steps to setting up dialogue sessions in your community.

Sign up online today. These training sessions are free but seats are limited. Registration is required.  For more information, please contact Dr. Sabrina Dent at [email protected].

 

Aug
13
Mon
Exploring Religious Identity and Race Through Civil Dialogue @ Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Exploring Religious Identity and Race Through Civil Dialogue @ Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Alexandria is a vibrant community of many races, ethnicities, and faiths. Diverse houses of worship make up the spiritual and cultural backbone of our community; yet often, we find it difficult to reach outside our own group. How well do we really know our neighbors? How often – and how effectively – do we communicate across boundaries to address difficult subjects and challenges?

We have found that many people have the will to get to know neighbors who believe and worship differently, but they often lack the way. Finding the way begins by exercising the skills of civil dialogue.

You are invited to a workshop that will help us to practice these skills. Alexandrians will share their perspectives on the importance of dialogue across boundaries, and we will learn to better understand ourselves and others. Workshop exercises will empower attendees to explore controversial topics using the skills of civil dialogue. The workshop will be led by Dr. Sabrina Dent of the Religious Freedom Center.

Refreshments will be served.