Religious Literacy and the Professions Initiative

Note on this Case Study

Young people at the Peoples Climate March
The People’s Climate March in New York City in 2014, which was supported my many Jewish groups. Photo by Alejandro Alvarez, Wikimedia Commons:

Global anthropogenic—or human caused— climate change has deeply impacted the ways that religions are practiced around the world. At the same time, religions have also played major roles in framing the issue among their believers. Some Jews work tirelessly to change their habits and mitigate human impact on the climate. Others ignore the crisis, or do not believe in Jewish environmentalism. Read this case study with this in mind: the Jews described here show a range of reactions to climate change, but all of them are Jewish.

As always, when thinking about religion and climate change, maintain a focus on how religion is internally diverse, always evolving and changing, and always embedded in specific cultures.

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The Religious Literacy and the Professions Initiative collaborates with professionals working in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to advance a deeper understanding of the complex influences of religions in modern human affairs. We offer resources, training and support to professionals working at local, national, and global level. Our current programs focus on partnering with professionals in journalism, government, humanitarian action, media and entertainment.

Past Symposia

Religious Literacy and Business: Media & Entertainment

  • September 20-21, 2018
  • Keynote address by filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail E. Disney
  • View the full list of speakers
  • Featured panels:
    • Making Audiences: How What We Watch Shapes Who We Are
    • Entertaining Religion: Themes, People, and Plots in Entertainment Media
    • From Script to Screen: How Content is Made and Why It Matters
    • Saving Stories: Religious Literacy as Social Responsibility

Religious Literacy and Government: Refugees and Immigration

Religious Literacy and Humanitarian Action

  • January 19–20, 2017
  • Plenary Speakers: Alastair Ager, Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, and Azza Karam
  • Full videos from this event may be viewed here.

Religious Literacy and Journalism

  • December 8–9, 2016
  • Keynote Speaker: Laurie Goodstein, National Religion Correspondent for The New York Times
  • Full videos from this event may be viewed here

All symposia will be held at Harvard Divinity School. They are free and open to the public. Please see the individual page for each symposium for information on how to register, as space is limited.

The Religious Literacy and the Professions Initiative is sponsored by the Religious Literacy Project in cooperation with Boston University. This initiative has been made possible by the generous support of Bruce McEver '11.