Pluralism, Place, and the Local, By Whittney Barth

Local interfaith efforts often cite “relationship building” as a core, if not primary goal. Many engaged in these efforts filter this commitment to relationship building through a lens of pluralism, a strategy for responding to religious diversity. In what ways does interfaith activity that foregrounds the importance of relationships engage in a process of place-making, both imaginatively and physically? This article explores this theme, drawing from several examples from different U.S. cities and putting them in conversation with select scholarship on place and place-making from perspectives within religious studies, education, and geography.

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