Research Report

Faith and Legal Work Interfaith Conference at Harvard Law School (2014)

A network of five faith-based student organizations at Harvard Law School co-hosted the first Interfaith Conference on Faith & Legal Work on March 3, 2014. The conference brought together local practitioners, scholars, and students in the field to discuss the intersection of religious identity and professional practice. Organizers estimated that 60-70 participants, including law school students, divinity school students, and other community members, joined panel sessions and a reception at Wasserstein Hall at the Law School. Three panels comprised the event and highlighted...

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Post 9/11 Hate Crime Trends: Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and Jews in the U.S. (2013)

This report chronicles the work of organizations like CAIR, the Sikh Coalition, SALDEF, ADL, and others who have documented a rise in hate crimes against Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Jews, and other communities in the years after 9/11. Some communities have struggled more and more each year, as in the case of the Muslim and Sikh communities, while others have risen and fell throughout, as with the Hindu and Jewish communities. Despite these variances, however, it is clear that the election of Barack Obama, increasing anti-immigrant sentiment, the rise of white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups...

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Bowling Green, KY and The Nascent Stages of Religious Diversity (2013)

In 1979, the city of Bowling Green, Kentucky was designated a refugee resettlement site in the United States.  Since the initial beginnings of refugee resettlement, many diverse populations have established themselves and their cultures in the south central Kentucky area.  As these immigrant populations continue to grow, many form their own religious centers, while others struggle to maintain their religious traditions in a new context.  At this time, the immigrant religious communities who have formed a center in Bowling Green have done so on the geographic periphery of...

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Houston Oasis: A New Model for Non-Faith Based Communities (2013)

“Atheist church,” is a term more than one newspaper has used to describe Houstin Oasis, a secular community in Northwest Houston, Texas. The term (used frequently by others, along with “community” and “congregation”) no doubt disrupts many common perceptions about Atheism, which is often viewed as an individualistic worldview; a slim few might see Atheism as a catalyst for connection. But as “a community grounded in reason, celebrating the human experience,” that is exactly what Houston Oasis is: a catalyst. Oasis presents itself as both a community grounded in empiricism and a new model...

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The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge (2013)

The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge was launched by President Obama and the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (WHOFBNP) in 2011 as a call to higher education institutions to advance interfaith service across their campus communities. Over 400 colleges and universities from across the United States exhibited enthusiasm and interest in the initiative in the first year alone. Since then, the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Education and the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) have partnered to...

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Interfaith Publications (2016)

Below is a list of annotated links that represent a sampling of publications that focus on themes of inter-religious encounter and/or interfaith engagement. Inclusion of a publication does not necessarily indicate an endorsement of the views expressed therein. This list was first published in 2013 and was updated in 2016. If you have additional suggestions for this list, please e-mail staff@pluralism.org with the name of the organization and a link to its website.

CrossCurrents Magazine (prior to 1990) – New York, NY ...

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NAINConnect (2012)

The 2012 NAINConnect was held from July 15-18, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia and hosted by Interfaith Community Initiatives and Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta, two local Atlanta organizations that aim to promote understanding and interaction among the diverse faiths in the greater Atlanta region. Over one hundred registered guests attended conference events throughout the weekend.

Introduction 

Founded in 1988, the North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) is “a non-profit association of interfaith organizations and agencies in Canada, Mexico and...

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Interfaith Initiatives and Resources in Theological Education (2012)

Today, a growing number of graduate theological institutions are seeking to prepare students to effectively lead in an increasingly multi-religious world. Below you will find examples of several intensive models offered at schools across the nation. This list is intended to be illustrative rather than comprehensive and we welcome suggestions for additional opportunities to be included here. Selected readings and information about degree programs specializing in interfaith studies are also highlighted.

It is also worth noting the emergence of institutions such Zaytuna College,...

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Parliament of the World’s Religions (2009)

The world is shrinking. International videoconferences, YouTube, email, Facebook, nonstop international flights, Skype and so forth are indicators of modern globalization. People from all parts of the world are interacting with unprecedented speed, frequency, and ease, yet all of these modern amenities come at a great cost to our planet. As a result, religious people and faith communities are attempting to grapple with the many challenges and opportunities that arise out of this new interconnected global reality.

The Parliament of the World’s Religions is the largest...

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Presidential Candidate Endorsements by Religious Groups and Leaders (2007)

Candidate endorsements have played an important role in American politics. They typically help voters to understand where a candidate stands in relation to the values and traditions espoused by a particular social group. In contemporary politics, endorsements provide candidates not only with an official “seal of approval,” but also with access to membership databases that can be used for targeted fundraising and “get out the vote” appeals.

Endorsements from religious groups and their leaders have significantly affected the outcome of several presidential elections. Most...

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