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. 

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.

This year, RDJ will explore Detroit’s rich religious landscape through virtual journeys to encounter Sikhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam with supplementary material provided by the Holocaust Memorial Center and Detroit Institute of Art.

Contact: Wendy Miller Gamer MA, MSW
Program Director
InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit

Diversty Education is Online

Meeting Today’s Learning-needs

RDJOnline offers engaging learning opportunities featuring remote experiences and creative virtual content.

In 2020 RDJOnline partnered with Detroit Public TV to create five remote journeys. Watch here anytime!

RDJ Enrollment Information

The new RDJ Foundation Track gives every 7th grader the opportunity to participate in RDJ online! Through partnerships with Detroit Public Television and the Detroit Experience Factory students will participate in remote field trip experiences to local houses of worship.

Click here for detailed program information.

Tuition: $1,000 per school

Grants: Due to the generosity of our supporting foundations and partners, RDJ has always been able to offer RDJ tuition assistance. Especially in light of the current economic uncertainties, we will not let this commitment change. Schools seeking tuition assistance are encouraged to submit a request ASAP via RDJ’s simple Tuition Grant Request.

Click below to get your school registared for this exciting program!

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