By Nicholas Scrimenti
This lesson illustrates the key principles of internal diversity, historical change, and cultural embeddedness using Erik Braun’s article about Burmese meditation vis-à-vis British colonialism. The story of how British colonialism in Burma shaped the way meditation was taught and practiced in Burma, as well as its subsequent export to the United States, is a clear object-lesson in the tenets of religious literacy.
By Mitchell Rutledge
Mitchell Rutledge is a graduate of Prospect High School in Mount Prospect Illinois, where he was a student of Religious Literacy Project Education Fellow John Camardella. Here he shares an experience of meeting Kahina Bahloul, founder of a women’s mosque in Paris. After learning about her work in his high school world religions class, Mitchell was eager to hear more and what religious literacy looked like beyond the classroom.