Educator Workshops

Spring 2022 Workshops

Land and Story: Religious Literacy, Place-Based Knowledges and Climate Justice

This spring Religion and Public Life at Harvard Divinity School (RPL) is offering two, free online workshops for educators on religious literacy, place-based knowledges and climate justice. Each workshop includes a self-paced module as well as a one-day live session. 

Workshop content is focused on secondary school educators and will prioritize those who have completed introductory professional development on religious literacy methods, either in-person or online. Applicants who have not attended prior training will be asked to complete additional introductory work in the RPL religious literacy method.

If you have questions, please contact Anna Mudd at amudd@hds.harvard.edu and Kris Rhude at kristofer_rhude@mail.harvard.edu.

Two figures pull down a smoke stack in a landscape scene with a large tree to the left and wind turbines in the background, animals bones can be seen in the ground beneath the figures

Climate Justice and Religious Literacy 
Live Workshop: Friday, May 6th, 2022, 1-5pm EST

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The climate crisis is, in many ways, an unprecedented challenge for humanity. It is also a moment that invites critical questions about our past, our present, and our future possibilities. In this self-paced module and one-day workshop we will look at the “deep stories” that are told in response to these questions, and the role of religion and religious literacy in those narratives. We will explore how examination of those stories, and explorations in our own storytelling, can promote critical reflection on the role of power and structural peace and violence in climate conversations, as well as open up new imaginative possibilities and pathways to action. RPL Climate Justice Fellow Teresa Cavazos Cohn will join the conversation on May 6th. Dr. Cohn's interdisciplinary work as a science communicator focuses on community storytelling work, Indigenous waters and human dimensions of wildfire. 

This workshop includes a live session from 1-5pm EST on Fri, May 6th, as well as a self-paced online module to be completed by that date. The online module will open by April 29, 2022.

Access Previous Workshops 

Sign up to access the self-paced module for Local Knowledges and Religious Literacy. Resources, readings, and exercises look at how an appreciation and understanding of our own and others’ local knowledges can help our students better understand the principles of religious literacy, cultural violence, and the legacies of colonization that impact who and what we trust as legitimate sources of knowledge."

Fall 2022 Workshop: Teaching Religious Literacy Through Imagination, & the Arts: Topic in Power and Hegemony

The arts and imagination are powerful components of teaching and learning about religious literacy. Like religion itself, art and visual media provide critical windows into the forces shaping dominant worldviews, as well as vehicles for critically re-evaluating and re-imagining them.

In this self-paced module and one-day virtual workshop, join RPL education staff and RPL Fellow and Ramy writer and producer, Maytha Alhassen, for an exploration of frameworks, tools, and resources for engaging with the arts as part of teaching religious literacy. In preparation for engagement with Maytha, portions of this module will focus on question of power, hegemony, and representations of Islam. 

Note: Workshop content is focused on secondary school educators and requires prior introduction to religious literacy methods, either through Religion and Public Life or Religious Literacy Project workshop or online course. 

This workshop includes a live session from 1–5pm Eastern Time on December 10th, as well as a self-paced online module to be completed by that date.

Certificates of completion for professional development points are available upon request.

If you have questions, please contact Anna Mudd at amudd@hds.harvard.edu and Kris Rhude at kristofer_rhude@mail.harvard.edu.