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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 our full-day civil dialogue training session or to schedule one with your community. The workshop will be facilitated by Rev. Kristen Farrington, civil dialogue specialist and director of the Religious Freedom Center.
The registration cost is $50 per person for these training sessions. Seats are limited. Registration is required. For more information, please contact Blair Forlaw at [email protected].
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Registration due date is July 15, 2019.
The Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute will host the Summer Religious Studies Institute at the Newseum. The program will convene K-12 independent school educators in the nation’s capital to explore issues of religious literacy, civil dialogue and the challenges and opportunities of navigating religious diversity in the classroom. Educators will learn about religious studies as an academic discipline and have the opportunity to develop working relationships with leading religious studies subject matter experts and curricular resource providers.
Co- conveners/partner schools: Thales Academy, Council of Islamic Schools in North America, Sacred Heart Schools, National Catholic Educational Association
Workshop: Religious Literacy Workshop Aims to Understand Growing Diversity
We are now a nation of religious minorities: according to a major study conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, no one sect or denomination accounts for more than 50 percent of the population. At the same time, FBI data indicates that growing religious diversity has been accompanied by an increase in religion-related hate crimes. Religious education can enhance recognition of the fundamental rights of people of all religions and none.
Join us for an interactive religious literacy workshop to gain essential knowledge and skills that promote understanding of increasingly religiously diverse communities. We will apply these essentials to real-world case studies on religion and race, immigration and sexuality. Recent cases such as arson attacks on three African-American churches in Louisiana and a California mosque will be part of the conversation.
Facilitated by Benjamin P. Marcus
Lunch Break (on your own)
Workshop: “Civil Dialogue: Antidote to the Zero Sum Game”
Our country is more polarized than ever around significant issues that impact the everyday lives of Americans. A pluralistic democracy depends on a marketplace of ideas, but in our current highly charged climate many Americans find themselves fostering a binary view of the world – us vs. them. The complexity of the issues facing our nation require leaders to be able to engage with people who are different from themselves and have the skills to find common ground with those they fundamentally disagree.
To be effective leaders we need to become civil dialogue practitioners, who can help our communities effectively navigate deep differences. This workshop will focus on the difference between dialogue and other kinds of engagement, the essential skills of dialogue, how to create an environment that promotes civil dialogue, and tips for turning down the ‘heat’ when dialogue gets tough.
Facilitated by Kristen Farrington
The registration cost is $50 per person for these workshops. Seats are limited. Registration is required. For more information, please contact Blair Forlaw at [email protected]