Prepping for the Course

Tomorrow starts my 3-week summer program: Religious Worlds of New York. In anticipation for this whirlwind academic adventure, I have been doing some intense reading (all provided by the Institute thank you very much!). The reading, notes, and research is what I miss most about university life – but certainly not the papers & exams!


These books and articles were incredibly interesting and really helped to expand my mind on the concepts of approaching the topic of world religions before teaching.

Here’s the general reading list I’ve been working on for the past few weeks:

  • “From World Religions to Lived Religion: Towards a Pedagogy of Civic Engagement in Secondary School Religious Studies Curricula” by Henry Goldschmidt
  • A Model of Christian Charity by John Winthrop
  • The Bloudy Tenet of Persecution for Cause of Conscience by Roger Williams
  • The Flushing Remonstrance
  • Letter to President George Washington by Moses Seixas
  • Letter to the Jews of Newport by George Washington
  • Abington v. Schempp by the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Taking Religious Seriously Across the Curriculum by Warren Nord and Charles Haynes
  • Religious Worlds: The Comparative Study of Religion by William Paden
  • “Everyday Miracles: The Study of Lived Religion” by Robert Orsi
  • “Is the Study of Lived Religion Irrelevant to the World We Live In?” by Robert Orsi
  • Teacher’s Guide to Religion in the Public Schools by First Amendment Center
  • Guidelines for Teaching About Religion in K-12 Public Schools in the United States by American Academy of Religion
  • Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • “Teaching Lived Religion through Literature: Classroom Strategies for Community-Based Learning” by Henry Goldschmidt
  • “Naming Hinduism” by John Stratton Hawley
  • “Feeding Hungry Ghosts” by Daniel Stevenson (ed.)
  • “What is at Stake? Exploring the Problems of Pluralism” by Ellie Pierce
  • The Pluralism Project by Harvard University
  • “Putting a Face to Faith” by Charles Haynes
  • “From Safe Space to Brave Spaces: A New Way to Frame Dialogue Around Divesity and Social Justice” by Brian Arao and Kristi Clemens
  • Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept by Brent Nongbri
  • Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture by David Chidester

In addition to the reading above, the program also sent an excellent packing list and schedule for our program. I am really excited to finally visit Hindu and Buddhist temples along with attending a Friday service at a mosque. Proper attire is certainly required!

I’ll be blogging more on my experiences through the program as I encounter the rich and diverse religious worlds of New York City.


The views expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Religious Worlds institute.  For detailed information about the institute, see

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