Religious Diversity Journeys

Religious Diversity Journeys (RDJ) was established in the 2002-03 school year by a local teacher who was concerned that her immigrant students were being isolated and bullied. As metropolitan Detroit’s population has become more diverse, an increasing number of educators have recognized the need to teach cultural and religious literacy and the program has grown to include schools in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

Religious Diversity Journeys participants, who attend public, private and parochial schools, represent the diversity of Detroit’s suburban and urban environments. The program introduces students to local Muslim, Sikh, Jewish, Christian and Hindu houses of worship and faith as a way to teach respect towards others and support Michigan’s 7th grade social studies curriculum in World Religion.

At each Journey, students, parents and teachers meet clergy and volunteer community leaders to learn about a faith’s historical roots and stories of American integration, important holidays and life-cycle celebrations, and view religious objects. At a church, participants can touch a robe worn by clergy and taste Christmas cookies. At a synagogue, students hear Hebrew chanted as it might be for a Jewish bar mitzvah and learn about Jewish dietary laws. 

Religious Diversity Journeys is an honored partner with these 50 Detroit-area schools for the 2019-2020 program year:

At a mosque, students feel the clay coin used by some during prayer and are taught by their Muslim peers how to wear a headscarf. At Sikh Journeys, students learn how to wrap a turban, guess the seasonings in Indian food, and learn about the importance of selfless service to others. On Hindu Journeys, students dress try on traditional Indian clothing, eat vegetarian Indian dishes and learn that vegetarianism is a valued lifestyle-choice for many. At each Journey, students, parents and teachers meet clergy and volunteer community leaders to learn about a faith’s historical roots and stories of American integration, important holidays and life-cycle celebrations, and view religious objects. At a church, participants can touch a robe worn by clergy and taste Christmas cookies. At a synagogue, students hear Hebrew chanted as it might be for a Jewish bar mitzvah and learn about Jewish dietary laws. At a mosque, students feel the clay coin used by some during prayer and are taught by their Muslim peers how to wear a headscarf. At Sikh Journeys, students learn how to wrap a turban, guess the seasonings in Indian food, and learn about the importance of selfless service to others. On Hindu Journeys, students dress try on traditional Indian clothing, eat vegetarian Indian dishes and learn that vegetarianism is a valued lifestyle-choice for many.

  • The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, Detroit
  • Christ the King School, Detroit
  • Dearborn Public Schools
  • Bryant Middle School
  • Lowrey Middle School
  • McCollough – Unis
  • O. L. Smith Middle School
  • Salina Intermediate School
  • STEM Middle School
  • Stout Middle School
  • Woodworth Middle School
  • Beverly Hills Academy
  • Birmingham Public Schools
  • Berkshire Middle School
  • Birmingham Covington Middle School
  • Derby Middle School Birmingham
  • Brandon School District
  • Brandon Middle School
  • Berkley Public Schools
  • Anderson Middle School
  • Clarkston School District
  • Sashabaw Middle School
  • Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy
  • Detroit Waldorf
  • Farmington Public Schools
  • East Middle School
  • Farmington STEAM
  • Power Middle School
  • Warner Middle School
  • Pioneer Middle School
  • West Middle School
  • Hamtramck Public Schools
  • Holbrook Elementary
  • Kosciuszko Middle School
  • Huda School & Montessori
  • Muslim American Youth Academy
  • Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
  • Discovery Middle School
  • East Middle School
  • Liberty Middle School
  • Pioneer Middle School
  • West Middle School
  • Redford Union Public School District
  • Hilbert Middle School
  • Troy Public Schools
  • Boulan Park Middle School
  • Baker Middle School
  • Larson Middle School
  • Smith Middle School
  • Walled Lake Consolidated School District
  • Clifford Smart Middle School
  • James R. Geisler Middle School
  • Sarah Banks Middle School
  • Walnut Creek Middle School
  • Warren Public Schools
  • Beer Middle School
  • Waterford Montessori Academy
  • Waterford School District
  • Mason Middle School
  • Pierce Middle School
  • West Bloomfield School District
  • Abbott Middle School
  • Orchard Lake Middle School West Bloomfield
  • WISE Academy

Parents

We welcome your comments about your student’s experience with Religious Diversity Journeys. Please click on the link below to complete and submit a brief survey.
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Students

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Teachers/Administrators

Please click on the link below to register a student for Religious Diversity Journeys.
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