Religious Literacy Project


Do you get nervous talking about religion? Feel frustrated with religious intolerance, but don’t know much about religious traditions outside of your own experience (or lack thereof)? Looking to learn more about religious traditions, but not sure where to begin?

Here's where the Brown Religious Literacy Project comes in! We are a non-credit course (without homework!) that meets weekly to engage with scholars and practitioners from the Providence community to explore five major religious traditions. Discussion often centers on philosophical foundations, values and identity formation, and internal diversity in these traditions. Our hope is to clarify common misconceptions, affirm the importance of religious literacy at Brown and in the world, and illuminate the ways in which religion is embedded in our society. Moreover, we strive to be a welcoming space for healthy interfaith dialogue, community-building, and understanding of diverse beliefs, practices, and identities.

Sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life.

How to Apply

Applications are  open until Feb. 1, 2023, available here:

Students, staff, and faculty of all faith backgrounds (including none!) and all religious experiences (personal and/or academic) are encouraged to apply!

RLP applications are submitted online via a Google Form and are solicited in Dec/Jan for enrollment in the Spring.  If you have any questions, please reach out to studet leaders: [email protected][email protected] or [email protected].

2023 Course Schedule - To Be Announced