Welcome

The Religious Literacy Project is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the public understanding of religion.  It is directed by Diane L. Moore, and enables Harvard Divinity School to continue its nearly four decades of leadership in religious studies and education in the United States. Read more.

Guidelines for Teaching about Religion in K-12 Public Schools

These guidelines for teaching about religion were created by a task force of the American Academy of Religion, the professional association of scholars of religion in North America and abroad. They provide legal guidelines and resources for educators, administrators, school board members, parents, and interested citizens on how to teach about religion in constitutionally sound and educationally innovative ways.

Featured Resource

Women dressed in Handmaids Tale outfits of red gowns and white capsIn this Religion Dispatches roundtable, religion writers consider the topic of "religion as a front for tyranny" through the lens of the new Hulu adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale. Read the roundtable discussion here.

Certificate in Religious Studies & Education

The Harvard Extension School, in partnership with the Harvard Divinity School, offers a professional certificate in Religious Studies & Education designed to provide educators with a multidisciplinary foundation for approaching the study of religion in public school classrooms or in other educational settings focused on learning about religion. Read more

Our Method

Our method recognizes that religions are internally diverse as opposed to uniform; religions evolve and change over time as opposed to being ahistorical and static; and religious influences are embedded in all dimensions of culture as opposed to the assumption that religions function in discrete, isolated, “private” contexts. Read more

Featured Commentary

Kabul refugee children stand in line to receive aidThe Religious Literacy Project partnered with Oxfam to create a research report entitled "Local Humanitarian Leadership and Religious Literacy: Engaging with Religion, Faith, and Faith Actors" published on March 31, 2017 and was funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. View the full report here or on the Oxfam site. The press release can be viewed here.