Webinar: Religious Literacy: Race and Religious Identity Formation in the U.S.

Benjamin MarcusOn Thursday, April 20 at 1:00 pm EDT, Benjamin Marcus will lead a webinar with RCC members about Religious Literacy: Race and Religious Identity Formation in the U.S.

Ben will facilitate an interactive discussion about what it means to be religiously literate in a religiously diverse nation. We will discuss how processes of religious identity formation affect the ways we think about the self and other, using texts written by key leaders from the mid-20th century as a case study. Participants will investigate whether a deeper understanding of religious identity formation affects reporting about, or reporting from within, religious communities.

Religious literacy is a program focus of the Religion Communicators Council (RCC). Religion is part of everything, RCC helps you talk about it. RCC enjoys a partnership with the Foundation for Religious Literacy in this work.

To join the webinar, please log on from a PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/6913454656 and take a moment to install the browser extension. You can also join by phone (for audio alone): +1-408-638-0968 (US Toll), +1-646-558-8656 (US Toll). Joining online allows you to join the chat feature to pose questions. Use Meeting ID: 691 345 4656. Webinars are just one of the benefits RCC provides to members.

About Ben Marcus

Benjamin P. Marcus is the Religious Literacy Specialist at the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute, where he examines the intersection of education, religious literacy, and identity formation in the United States.

He has developed religious literacy programs for public schools, universities, U.S. government organizations, and private foundations, and he has delivered presentations on religion at universities and nonprofits in the U.S. and abroad. He has worked with The Foundation for Religious Literacy; the Washington, D.C. Public Schools; the Office of Religion and Global Affairs at the U.S. State Department (formerly, the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives); the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See; the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the U.S. State Department; Interfaith Youth Core; and the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme in the United Kingdom.

Marcus is a contributing author in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Religion and American Education, where he writes about the importance of religious literacy education. He recently served as executive editor of the 2015 White Paper of the Sub-Working Group on Religion and Conflict Mitigation of the State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group.

Marcus earned an MTS with a concentration in Religion, Ethics, and Politics as a Presidential Scholar at Harvard Divinity School. He studied religion at the University of Cambridge and Brown University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

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