Religious Diversity Journeys
Religious Diversity Journeys (RDJ) was established in 2002 by a local teacher in order help introduce her students, particularly new immigrants, to different faiths and cultures. Over two decades metropolitan Detroit has become more and more diverse and educators region-wide recognize the need to teach cultural and religious literacy and diversity appreciation as core civic values within Michigan’s 7th grade social studies curriculum in World Religion. This year RDJ will explore Sikhism in November, Hinduism in December, Judaism in January 2021, followed by Christianity in February and Islam in March.
RDJ introduces 7th grade students to local faith communities as a way to teach respect of others and remove the barrier of “other” from people and places students interact every day. RDJ students hear, first-hand, about a faith’s important holidays, customs, pillars of belief and life-cycle celebrations. Additionally, students meet local clergy and volunteer community leaders, learning about a faith’s historical roots and stories of community building in South East Michigan.
Contact: Wendy Miller Gamer MA, MSW
InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit
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- The Foundation Track gives every 7th grader the opportunity to participate in RDJ this year! Through partnerships with Detroit Public Television and the Detroit Experience Factory students will participate in remote field trip experiences to local houses of worship.
- The Ambassador Track supports emerging leaders with skills and strategies for building intercultural and interfaith connections. Ambassadors will engage in peer-to-peer bridge building in partnership with Interfaith Youth Core, participate in interactive Q & A sessions with local faith leaders and enrich their learning with the full Foundation Track curriculum.
Foundation Track tuition: $1,000 per school*
Ambassador Track tuition: $500 per school* plus $120 per student
*50% discount on per school tuition for districts
enrolling 3 or more schools.