Lessons in Religious Pluralism
on Global Ed Day

Harvard Professor Diana Eck introduced Groton to the plurality of religions all over America—and right in our back yards—during an all-school lecture on Groton's Global Education Day, Friday, November 3.

The founder and director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard, Professor Eck explained what pluralism is, and is not. It is not simply diversity, she said, but "the energetic engagement with diversity." Not just tolerance but "the active seeking of understanding across lines of difference." Pluralism, she went on, does not mean that people hide their commitments and beliefs, but hold them deeply while relating to those of different beliefs. Finally, she pointed out, pluralism is based on dialogue. continued

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Where Are They Now?

The Reverend
John F. Smith P'80

Groton Chaplain, 1978–2000

What keeps you busy now?

When I retired in 2000, I moved to Wellfleet, a small town way out on Cape Cod. We are three thousand people in the winter, twenty thousand in the summer, which can lead to problems, as you can imagine. Traffic, emergency response, trash, playgrounds, access to beaches—all are issues.

We have several groups of people here. The people lowest in status are "tourists." Like you. continued


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