The Center for Religion and Cities (CRC) at Morgan State University (MSU) has received a $1 million grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support an initiative focused on improving the quality of life in cities, especially for BIPOC communities that are often excluded from planning processes.
The initiative, Lifeways of Hope, was co-developed by Dr. Harold Moraux, CEO of CRC; Dr. Amy Landau, Director of Education and Interpretation for the UCLA Fowler Museum; and Dr. Rupa Pillai, associate professor of Asian American studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
The CRC will create three initiatives: a listening laboratory, a museum co-laboratory and a curriculum laboratory.
“Our mainstream public discourse on religion is too often strident, polarized, acrimonious and inhumane,” said Dr. Jonathan VanAntwerpen, program director at the Henry Luce Foundation. “Through its collaborative and community work—and under the creative direction of Dr. Harold Morales’ Center for Religion and Cities—Morgan State University is developing an alternative approach to the public presence of religion, grounded in an understanding of religion as as a dynamic element of urban ecologies, with the potential to shape how urban contexts change and thrive.Bringing together and engaging diverse participants – from academic researchers and museum curators to community activists and spiritual leaders – the Centre’s latest initiative will catalyze new ideas, cultivate new partnerships and deepen its support for a wide range of underrepresented knowledge creators.We are delighted to have the opportunity to provide continued support for the important and innovative work of the Centre.