Newseum Institute Receives Grant to Develop Religious Liberty Education Program

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

The Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute announced on June 25 that it received a $200,000 grant from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, based in Jacksonville, Fla. The grant will help support the launch of the “Religious Leadership in a Pluralistic Democracy” initiative, a learning curriculum designed to educate emerging and current religious leaders about the principles of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The 75-student program — the first of its kind — will begin in Spring 2016 and will feature a combination of online video courses, forums and on-site workshops at the Newseum. The class will consist of adult learners who are enrolled in an accredited graduate theological program or who currently are serving a religious community. Students who complete the four courses in the program will earn a Certificate of Religion in Public Life.

“We are proud to support the work of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute,” said Cheryl Tupper, vice president for programs, religion and health care at The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. “The blended learning curriculum on religious freedom and religion in American public life is poised to equip leaders with an understanding of the First Amendment so that they can foster mutual respect for religious beliefs and traditions.”

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