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Resources for Teaching American Religious Diversity

Photo by Bob Jagendorf, Creative Commons

The resources collected on this page will help both you and your students develop a richer understanding of American religious diversity -- far beyond the "dates and doctrines" approach of the typical world religions course.  Follow the links on this page for:

exploring the conceptual foundations of lived religion pedagogy

asking what students learn by visiting houses of worship

strategies for teaching about lived religion through literature

  • A bibliography of research on the religious diversity of New York City, so you can explore the religious worlds of New York from the comfort of your own home -- though we do hope you'll join us to explore them in person!

  • A bibliography and filmography of novels and feature films set in diverse American religious communities, as well as a filmography of documentaries exploring aspects of American religious life.  These sources can help you bring the lived experience of religious diversity into your classroom.


We hope these resources will enrich your teaching, your students' learning, and the civic life of our multicultural democracy.  And we welcome suggestions for additional resource lists -- what would help you teach more effectively about the everyday life of American religious diversity?  Please let us know!