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Spring 2005, Vol. 32 No. 1


Marcia Beauchamp
, formerly Religious Freedom Programs Coordinator for The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, has led workshops for educators across the United States and internationally on issues of religious liberty in public education, and has published articles in a variety of journals on the subject. She currently consults with school districts, organizations and individuals on issues of religion in the public schools, and teaching about the religions of the world. Ms. Beauchamp holds a master’s degree in theological studies and secondary education from Harvard Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Arts, philosophy and religion degree from Hendrix College. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Philosophy of Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies. While at Harvard, Ms. Beauchamp was a researcher with professor Diana Eck’s Pluralism Project, which studies and documents the growing religious diversity of the United States. Ms. Beauchamp chairs the Religion in Schools Task Force of the American Academy of Religion.

Bruce Grelle is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Religion and Public Education Resource Center at California State University, Chico. He serves on the American Academy of Religion's task force on "Religion in the Schools" and on the statewide steering committee for the California 3 Rs Project (Rights, Responsibilities, Respect): A Program for Finding Common Ground on Issues Related to Religious Liberty and Public Schools. He is co-editor (with Sumner B. Twiss) of Explorations in Global Ethics: Comparative Religious Ethics and Interreligious Dialogue (Westview Press, 1998).

Robert Jackson is Professor of Education in the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick, England, where he is also Director of the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (WRERU). WRERU received the Templeton UK Award in 1996 for its research on religion and education. Professor Jackson is Editor of the British Journal of Religious Education, Britain’s leading journal of religion and education. His books include Hindu Children in Britain (with Eleanor Nesbitt) (Stoke on Trent: Trentham, 1993); Religious Education: An Interpretive Approach (London: Hodder and Stoughton 1997); International Perspectives on Citizenship, Education and Religious Diversity (Ed.) (London: RoutledgeFalmer, 2003) and Rethinking Religious Education and Plurality: Issues in Religious Diversity and Pedagogy (2004) also published by RoutledgeFalmer. Rethinking Religious Education and Plurality was featured in a panel discussion at the American Academy of Religion conference in San Antonio, Texas, in November 2004. Professor Jackson is currently working on a Council of Europe project on bringing the dimension of religious diversity to intercultural education across Europe and an international project on teaching for tolerance sponsored by the Oslo Coalition for Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Tim Jensen is a historian of religions, but also educated as a upper-secondary teacher in Religious Education. He is associate professor at The Institute of Philosophy, Education and The Study of Religions at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark. He is head of the Department of the Study of Religions, General Secretary of IAHR, The International Association for The History of Religions (, President of DAHR, The Danish Association for The History of Religions (, and former General Secretary of EASR, The European Association for The Study of Religions ( He is a member of the editorial and advisory boards of Numen, Numen Book Series, Science of Religion, Temenos, and CHAOS, and a member of the international advisory boards of British Journal of Religious Education, and Anaquel de estudios árabes. He is co-editor on a series on religious education textbook, at present about to issue 6 volumes on the world religions in Denmark. Most of his publications on the history of religions and religious education, including some textbooks for upper-secondary school, have been published in Danish. From amongst those authored and edited in English mention may be made of "The Scholar of Religion as a Public Intellectual. A Perspective from Denmark". CSSR Bulletin, vol. 27, number 3, 1998, 40-43; "The Religiousness of Muslim Pupils in Danish Upper-Secondary Schools", in: Shadid. W.A.R. & P.S. van Koningsveld (eds.), Intercultural Relations and Religious Authorities: Muslims in the European Union. Leuven: Peeters: 2002, 123-137;  "From History of Religions to the Study of Religions. Trends and Tendencies in Denmark", in: Gasparro, G. Sfameni (ed.), Themes and Problems of the History of Religions in Contemporary Europe. Collana di studi storico-religiosi , 6, Cosenza: Edizione Lionelli Giordano, 2003, 183-208. With M. Rothstein he has edited Secular theories on religion, Copenhagen: MuseumTusculanum Press, 2000. He has served as consultant to the school authorites in Copnehgaen in regard to the religions of immigrants and refugees, and he has been a member of several Danish and European committees on religious education.

Diane L. Moore
is the Director of the Program in Religion and Secondary Education and Lecturer on Religion and Education at the Harvard Divinity
School. Her research interests are in the areas of religion, values and public education and the promotion of the public understanding of relgion through education. She is currently working on Overcoming Religious Illiteracy: A Multicultural Approach to the Study of Religion in Secondary Schools, which is due for publication in the fall of 2006. In addition to her appointment at Harvard, Professor Moore is on the faculty of Phillips Andover Academy where she teaches in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. from Union Theological Seminary, a D.Min. from Episcopal Divinity School, and an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School. Professor Moore is also an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Warren A. Nord teaches the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Religion and American Education and, with Charles C. Haynes, Taking Religion Seriously Across the Curriculum.

Laura I. Rendón
holds the Veffie Milstead Jones Endowed Chair at California State University-Long Beach. In July 2005, she will take up new duties as Chair and Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University, Ames. Her current research focuses on access, retention and graduation of low-income, first-generation students and the transformation of teaching and learning addressing intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual student development. Professor Rendón is a former fellow of the Fetzer Institute and past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. She is co-editor of 1) Transforming the First-Year Experience for Students of Color, 2) Educating a New Majority and the 3) Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education ASHE Reader. Currently, she is developing a sensing/thinking model of education, which she calls sentipensante pedagogy.
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Ivan Strenski is Holstein Family and Community Professor in Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside. The most recent of his six books, are Theology and the First Theory of Sacrifice (2003), Contesting Sacrifice: Religion, Nationalism and Social Thought (2002) and Durkheim and the Jews of France (1997). In 2005, Blackwell will publish his Thinking about Religion: An Historical Approach to Theories of Religion.