Religious Worlds of New York Schedule

This past summer I had the incredible and life-changing opportunity to spend 3 weeks in New York City at the Union Theological Seminary with the Interfaith Center of New York as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant (whew that was a mouthful!). The program is running again for 2018 (yay!) and so I’m going to be sharing some more amazing memories and things I learned in the hopes that, if you are a K-12 teacher, you should consider applying.ย 

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I had never done something like this (a part from an AP Summer Institute) and now I’ve got the bug! And the best part is that you don’t have to outright teach a religion course to apply; we had people from all grades and all subjects (except math & the sciences to be honest). To apply, you just have to have a way to incorporate the study of religion with your students. So start those applications!!!

Ok so today’s post is going to be a little insight to our overall three-week schedule. This is a simple overview and the links will take you to more in-depth blog posts or outside links (tons of YouTube videos of our discussions & lectures for your viewing pleasure). Get ready because we accomplished a TON!

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Week 1

Monday

By the way Charles Haynes has also published a new guidelines about teaching religion and he is part of the First Amendment Center in Washington, D.C. and they just began offering some great online and in-person classes on teaching religion. A few are on my to-do list for next year!

Tuesday

  • Lecture: The Critical, Comparative Analysis of Religion, Henry Goldschmidt
  • Discussion: The Study of Everyday Religious Life, Henry Goldschmidt
  • Site Visit: The Bronx Lourdes

Wednesday

  • Discussion: Debrief of Site Visit to “Bronx Lourdes” Grotto
  • Lecture & Workshop: Classroom Strategies for Teaching about Religion, Part I, 2, & 3
  • Lecture: Introduction to Curriculum Projects, Henry Goldschmidt

Thursday

  • Lecture: Introduction to Christianity and Christian Communities, Morrey Davis
  • Panel Discussion: New York Christian Clergy and Lay Leaders
  • Lecture: Introduction to Burke Library Research Sources, and Web-Based Resources for the Study of Religion, Matthew Baker & Elizabeth Call
  • Site Visit: Burke Library at the Union Theological Seminary
  • Site Visit: Zhikr service at Dergah al-Farah

Friday

Saturday

  • DAY OFF from the Institute so Will & I explored Brooklyn

Sunday

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Week 2

Monday

  • Discussion: Debrief of Site Visits to Islamic Cultural Center of New York and Convent Avenue Baptist Church
  • Lecture: Exploring Religious Worlds (and specifically Harlem churches) Through Literature, Josef Sorett & Henry Goldschmidt
  • Workshop: Curriculum Development Group Meetings with Mentors

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Lecture: Introduction to Buddhism and Buddhist Communities, Robban Toleno
  • Panel Discussion: New York Buddhist Clergy and Lay Leaders
  • Site Visit: Chogyesa Zen Temple of New York

Thursday

  • Discussion: Debrief of Site Visits to the Hindu and Buddhist Temples
  • Workshop: Exploring the Ties and Tensions among Religious Worlds, with the Pluralism Project’s Case Study Method, Alexis Salomone
  • Lecture: Exploring Religious Worlds Worldwide with Generation Global, Henry Goldschmidt
  • Movie Night: The Chosen

Friday

  • Lecture: Introduction to Judaism and Jewish Communities, Hasia Diner
  • Panel Discussion: New York Jewish Clergy and Lay Leaders
  • Site Visit: Kabbalat Shabbat service at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun
  • A small group of us spent Shabbat dinner with one of our fellow participant’s house and it was incredibly lovely

Saturday

  • DAY OFF so I spend the entire day at the Metropolitan Museum like a maniac. Read about it HERE

Sunday

  • FREE MORNING – back to Brooklyn for me
  • Institute BBQ at Henry Goldschmidt’s house

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Week 3

Monday

Tuesday

  • Lecture: Introduction to Sacred Gotham: Problematizing the Concepts of “Religion” “Sacred,” and “Secular,” Henry Goldschmidt
  • Site Visit & Field Research: St. John the Divine
  • Workshop: Curriculum Development Group Meetings with Mentors

Wednesday

  • Field Research: Locating “Religion” on the Streets of the Upper West Side

Thursday

  • Presentations: The Meaning of “Religion” on the Upper West Side
  • Discussion: Concluding Remarks

Friday


My mom and Aba flew in on Friday and we spent the weekend hauling butt back to Orlando so I could be at work Monday. Exhausting but so incredibly worth it!

P.S. Here is a huge list of our reading for this program. I did not include the days the readings went to on this list because that would be excessive.

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