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 the 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, business leaders, and educators—are uniquely positioned to help cultivate an informed and engaged citizenry.


For Religious & Civic 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.

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For Educators

We provide training and curricular resources for public and private school educators committed to teaching about religion academically and constitutionally. Our guidelines about religious freedom in schools—developed with groups across the religious and political spectrum—help educators create classrooms that welcome students of all religions and none.

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For BUSINESS Leaders

The Religious Freedom Center, in collaboration with the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, has developed education programs for businesses and organizations across the globe, including full and half-day seminars focused on middle management and executives.

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