Religion is the way that people derive meaning and order in their world. Even individuals who profess to be non-religious or religiously unaffiliated work out a system of thought and behavior for making sense of the big questions of life. Thus, our world is characterized by a vast religious diversity that impacts our public lives in ways that are simultaneously unifying and contentious.

This session explores religious pluralism as an encounter of commitments that actively seeks understanding across lines of difference. To quote Diana L. Eck, director of the Harvard University Pluralism Project, religious pluralism calls us to hold "our deepest differences, even our religious differences, not in isolation, but in relationship to one another." By the end of this session, participants will be better equipped to engage in the kind of religious dialogue that invites everyone to the table, even when everyone at the table may not agree with one another.


  • Have a deeper insight into religion as a dimension of social/group identity.
  • Be better equipped to engage in dialogue around religion and public life.
  • Increase awareness and responsiveness to the ways that religious diversity is manifested in the workplace.


If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, contact University Organizational and Professional Development or call 540-231-5100 during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event. Additional advance notice may be required, depending on the type of program and the time necessary to secure the requested accommodation(s).


Michele Deramo
Office for Inclusion and Diversity


Free, but space is limited.
All no-shows will be charged a $35 maintenance fee. Review the full cancellation policy.

Certificate Available

This course can be used to meet elective requirements for any Diversity Development Certificate.