Religious Literacy Project

The Brown Religious Literacy Project is a non credit-bearing semester long undertaking offered each spring that is meant to deepen participants’ understanding of what it means to be religiously literate. The class is not meant to make students knowledgeable about every detail of the major religions we examine—this is impossible. Instead, the class will present resources related to the academic study of religion and the practice of faith. Students will explore how theology, doctrine, scripture, rituals, social values, community, and personal religious experiences inform the complex process of religious identity formation and perception. In addition to the weekly meetings, students will complete journal assignments, readings, and lived religion field trips, as well as short final presentations.

In order to provide the best possible and broadest approach to the study and practice of religious literacy, the program will draw on the knowledge both of the Department of Religious Studies and the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life. The core of the course lasts for ten weeks during which professors and chaplains will present on five major religious traditions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—two weeks on each tradition. In the final week, students can present on a religion-related topic of their choosing that was not covered during the course.

Students of all faith backgrounds (including none!) and all religious experiences (personal and/or academic) are encouraged to apply! Please click on the application for more information. Applications are open until Dec. 31, available here.
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