The Georgia 3Rs Project

Rights • Responsibility • Respect


A First Amendment framework for Promoting religious literacy & religious liberty in Georgia public schools

The Georgia 3Rs Project — Rights, Responsibility and Respect — was created to help schools and communities come together across differences and engender civic participation in a diverse democracy. In recent decades, many communities have experienced a dramatic increase in diversity, which has also corresponded with an increase in violence and hate speech across all levels of society. There has been little in the way of resources and training to address these new challenges, despite educators navigating religious freedom and religious literacy issues every day, whether in their curricula or in the interactions they have with students, parents and community members.

The Georgia 3Rs Project team has created high-quality and unique professional development opportunities for educators, administrators and district officials on religion and public schools. Professional development is targeted to help educators and administrators understand the First Amendment’s protection of religious liberty for people of all religious traditions and none, investigate First Amendment approaches to religion and education to ensure students’ religious liberty in public schools and to recognize the difference between a devotional approach to teaching religion and the non-sectarian, academic study of religion through a social and historical lens.

The Georgia 3Rs Project has created more than 50 professional development opportunities and trained more than 250 educators, administrators and support staff during 750 hours of in-person and online workshops. Now is the time to help your community and school district produce religiously literate and civically engaged students who understand the challenges of a diverse democracy. If you would like to work with the Georgia Rights, Responsibility and Respect Project, please visit contact [email protected] to get started.

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Advisory Council

The Georgia 3Rs Project’s advisory council represents a broad range of perspectives but are united by the shared vision of religious freedom as an inalienable right for all people. The following advisers provide candid guidance and feedback as we work to promote First Amendment approaches to religious literacy and liberty in Georgia public schools. Affiliations are included for identification purposes only.

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams, M.Div., D.D.
Pastor Emeritus
Morningside Presbyterian Church

Rabbi Peter Berg
Senior Rabbi
The Temple

Lynne Bruschetti, M.A.
High School ELA Educator and Department Chair
McIntosh High School – Fayette County Schools

Brad Bryant
Vice President
REACH Georgia

Ed Buckner
Former President
American Atheists

Kevin Burke, M.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
UGA College of Education

The Rev. Sam Candler, D.D.
Cathedral of St. Philip

The Rev. Bill Clarkson, M.Div., D.Min.
Emeritus Head
The Westminster Schools

Ethel Ware Carter
Director of Programs
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

The Rev. Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Durley, M.A., Ph.D., M.Div.
Pastor Emeritus
Providence Missionary Baptist Church

Joseph Feinberg, M.A., Ed. S., Ph.D.
NCSS Board of Directors Officer and Associate Professor
National Council for the Social Studies
GSU College of Education & Human Development

The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr., Ph.D., M.Div.
Senior Advisor to the President
Emory University

Mark Goldfeder J.D., LL.M., S.J.D.
Senior Fellow and Project Director
Center for the Study of Law and Religion

Mrs. Erin Hames, J.D.
President of ReformED

The Rev. Dr. James Neil (Dock) Hollingsworth, M.Div., Ph.D.
Senior Pastor
Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church

Soumaya Khalifa, M.A.
Founder and Executive Director
Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta

John Kutsko, M.A., Ph.D.
Executive Director
Society of Biblical Literature

Judy Marx
Executive Director
Interfaith Community Initiatives

Dale McGowan
Humanist Author, Educator, and Philanthropist
McGowan Writing & Research

Allison Padilla-Goodman
Regional Director
Anti-Defamation League

Rev. Natosha Reid Rice, M. Div.
Associate Pastor
Ebenezer Baptist Church

Khalid Siddiq, M.D.
Director of PR
Al-Farooq Masjid

Steve J. Smith, M.B.A., Ed.S.
Bleckley County Public Schools

Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, Ph.D.
Emeritus Rabbi
The Temple

Mandisa Thomas
Founder and President
Black Nonbelievers, Inc.

Alvin Wilbanks, M.A., Ed.S.
Gwinnett County Public Schools

Woody White, M.B.A.
Cecil B. Day Foundation

Rev. Dr. George Wirth, D.Min., D.D.
C.F. Foundation

Gareth Young, M.A.
Interfaith Leader and Co-founder
Red Clay Sangha

For question regarding the Georgia 3Rs Project, please contact David Callaway.