Meet the Inaugural Cohort of
National Religious Literacy Fellows
The Foundation for Religious Literacy is honored to announce the inaugural cohort of national Religious Literacy Fellows. Grantees were nominated by the foundation’s advisors and selected for their extraordinary contributions to the field. Each fellow was awarded a grant of $12,000, plus a travel stipend and collegial support to advance their religious literacy projects. These grants serve as an investment in emerging leaders because of the recipients’ intellectual honesty, collaborative nature, and potential.
“Our fellows are setting an impressive agenda for religious literacy education in innovative and meaningful ways,” says H. Bruce McEver, President and Cofounder of The Foundation for Religious Literacy.
“This inaugural cohort includes the most exciting emerging leaders in the field. Each has already had a profound impact on the way that Americans talk about religion—online, in schools, in the halls of government, and in houses of worship,” said Benjamin P. Marcus, special advisor to the foundation.
The Inaugural Cohort of Fellows include:
- Katie Gordon, the national organizer of Nuns & Nones, which teaches that non-religious millennials are spiritually diverse and socially engaged;
- Usra Ghazi, a leader at the America Indivisible who counters anti-Muslim bigotry by strengthening neighbor-to-neighbor ties in local communities;
- Dr. Andrew M. Henry who uses an entrepreneurial approach to advance the public’s understanding of religion through his YouTube channel, Religion For Breakfast, which has seen over 6 million views;
- Dr. Kate E. Soules, whose outstanding scholarship on religious literacy education is paving the road for equipping pre- and in-service teachers to learn constitutional friendly ways to teach about religion in public schools; and
- Eleesha Tucker, the founder of the revised Utah 3Rs project designed to promote civil literacy and religious literacy in Utah public schools.
For more details about these fellows see their full biographies below.