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In recent weeks, religion in schools has been in the news—and not in a good way. Duxbury High School football team’s antisemitic play-calling made national news and, closer to home, an image perpetuating negative stereotypes about Muslims was inexplicably included in the Baltimore County Public School System's online math curriculum.

We know that many young people first encounter religious difference in the classroom. This is why the ICJS Teachers Fellowship works with these educators who are uniquely positioned to foster a culture of religious equity and inclusion that benefits students, schools, and families. 

Our Teacher Fellows have worked with ICJS scholars and their peers to hone lesson plans across curricula to increase religious literacy and understanding, which we believe leads to a more connected and inclusive community. We have been so privileged to work with this year’s cohort as they’ve navigated this new interreligious learning along with virtual and hybrid teaching in the COVID era. 

We are now actively recruiting for the 2021-22 Fellowship cohort, which will begin in September 2021. We hope you will nominate middle or secondary school teachers interested in working together with fellow educators to transform classrooms and schools into places where learning about religious diversity serves to inspire and prepare individuals for fuller participation in the life of our city, nation, and world.


2020-21 ICJS Teacher Fellows

The ICJS Teachers Fellowship is a yearlong professional development opportunity for educators to explore how to deepen these places of encounter and provide students with an informed appreciation of the religious diversity that contributes to civic life.

This grant-funded, cohort-based program, is designed to equip Baltimore-area middle or secondary school teachers to build interreligious literacy in their classrooms and to become interreligious leaders in their schools, providing Fellows with the opportunity to think deeply about pedagogy, workshop lesson plans, and engage in place-based learning about religion with their peers.



ICJS Executive Director and Roman Catholic Scholar Heather Miller Rubens

Holocaust Remembrance Day—Yom HaShoah—is observed annually as a day to remember and reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust. On April 8, The Park School of Baltimore hosted a virtual panel discussion about the relevance of the Holocaust today. ICJS Executive Director and Roman Catholic Scholar Heather Miller Rubens joined a Zoom roundtable, and urged participants to engage in the study and commemoration of the Holocaust, and be champions of religious pluralism.




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Law and Freedom at the Border of Christianity and Islam

Tuesdays, Apr 20, 27, May 4
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Film Discussion on the Life and Legacy of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Film Discussion on the Life and Legacy of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
4:00-5:00 p.m.



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Hasidic, Devout, and Mad as Hell About COVID-19

"New York papers have published plenty of criticism of the Hasidic community’s disregard for COVID-19 safety, covering secretive weddings, massive funerals, and violent anti-lockdown protests. Far less common is pushback like Reuven’s, from within the Hasidic world."

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White Evangelical Resistance Is Obstacle in Vaccination Effort

"The deeply held spiritual convictions or counterfactual arguments may vary. But across white evangelical America, reasons not to get vaccinated have spread as quickly as the virus that public health officials are hoping to overcome through herd immunity."

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Muslim Leaders: COVID-19 Vaccines Acceptable During Ramadan

"'We have had Community members in those communities who have been able to easily access vaccines but we’re still working on making sure that others that other community members across the state are doing their part to end the pandemic by getting vaccinated.'"

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