The Brown Religious Literacy Project is a non credit-bearing semester long undertaking meant to deepen participants’ understanding of what it means to be religiously literate. The class is not meant to make all participants religiously literate—that is impossible. Instead, the class will present resources related to the academic study of religion and the practice of faith. Student participants actively engage in the material, completing mandatory journal assignments, readings and “field trips” meant to further their understanding of “lived religion.” In order to provide the best possible and broadest approach to the study of religious literacy, the program draws on the knowledge religious studies faculty from across Rhode Island and of the Brown University Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life.
Participating students will also have the exciting opportunity to collaborate with undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Cambridge (UK) who will be participating in a satellite program, Leadership and Faith in Dialogue. Major funding is currently being negotiated which will allow students who are chosen to facilitate subsequent programs the opportunity to travel to England for one week in January to participate in interfaith training courses.
29 January Introduction
5 February Christianity Dialogue
12 February Christianity student discussion
21 February (Thursday) Hinduism Dialogue
26 February Hinduism student discussion
5 March Buddhism Dialogue
12 March Buddhism student discussion
19 March Judaism Dialogue
4 April (Thursday) Judaism student discussion
9 April Islam Dialogue
16 April Islam student discussion
23 and 24 April Capstones
30 April Conclusion