Moral Imagination Community

WISE Case Studies

As religious literacy educators, we are a community of practice who teach about issues of religion and public life.

We draw upon evidence-based research on character education to craft case studies, where a community or group is entangled in a moral dilemma on an issue of public concern. We set the stage by ensuring that each person in the conflict is accurately represented. Learners are invited to engage in the conflict with the intent to understand all the points of view. 

Each multimedia case study is published on ReligionAndPublicLife.org, a social learning community. We use the following WISE method developed by Dr. Nathan C. Walker. Students begin by

  • W – Watch compelling videos about the values and motivations of people who are in conflict with one another.
  • I – Interact with retention games to ensure you can accurately and honestly represent all points of view
  • S – Study with leading experts by listening to podcasts and reading illuminating ideas about the moral issues of our time
  • E – Engage with the community in a role play and use your imagination to express another’s point of view

Advancing
Human Relations
Through Character Education


“The century’s scientific advances must be matched by comparable advances in human relations."


Huston Smith
(1919–2016)

Cultivate your Character through Community

The adventures are endless. Explore ways people form their religious and non-religious identities. Strengthen your moral muscles and cultivate your character through community. Engage with our collection of forty WISE Case Studies that span a range of topics about religion and society.

40 WISE Case Studies Moral Character Intellectual Character Civic Character Performance Character
Religion &
Business
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Religion &
Children
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Religion &
Education
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9 10 11 12
Religion &
Health
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13 14 15 16
Religion &
History
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17 18 19 20
Religion &
Law
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21 22 23 24
Religion &
News
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25 26 27 28
Religion &
Politics
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Religion &
Race
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Religion &
Science
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Our Community of Practice

Our religious literacy educators and researchers have spent the last decade building a robust community of practice, thanks to The Foundation for Religious Literacy and the Centre for Civic Religious Literacy. Our 25 award-winning contributors to the Moral Imagination Community project previously generated over $4.5M in education initiatives, research projects, and countless academic publications. A majority of our team identifies as religious minorities (54%), nearly half as females (46%), nearly a third as racial minorities (31%), and 19% identify as sexual minorities. Log in and view contributor profiles on ReligionAndPublicLife.org. 

Dr. Vincent F. Biondo

Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Chair Department of History, Humboldt State University

David Callaway

Project Director,
Georgia 3Rs Project; WISE Case Study Author

Dr. W. Y. Alice Chan

Co-Principal Investigator Moral Imagination Community; Executive Director and Co-Founder, Centre for Civic Religious Literacy

Hassan Ghiassi

Founder, Aristotle’s Café; cultural literacy and civil dialogue facilitator

Dr. Brian J. Grim

President, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation; ; WISE Case Study Author

Dr. Andrew Henry

Founder and Host
Religion for Breakfast,
YouTube Chanel; WISE Case Study video producer

Lauren W. Herman, JD

Harvard Immigrant Rights Fellow, Make the Road NJ; ; WISE Case Study Author

Dr. Sivane Hirsch

Subject Matter Expert, Centre for Civic Religious Literacy; ; WISE Case Study Author

Dr. Lia C. Howard

Wellness Director,
University of Pennsylvania; WISE Case Study Author

Dr. Sabrina Jafralie

Co-Founder, Director of Learning, Centre for Civic Religious Literacy; WISE Case Study Author

Brittany R. King

Delegate, 1791 Delegates,
WISE Case Study E-Learning Specialist

Paul W. Lambert

Board Member, Senior Business Fellow, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation; WISE Case Study Author

Dr. Emile Lester

Co-Research Director Moral Imagination Community, Professor, University of
Mary Washington

Benjamin P. Marcus

Yale Law School student, Special Advisor, The Foundation for Religious Literacy; WISE Case Study Author

Dr. Debra L. Mason

Fellow, Religious Literacy Project, Harvard University;  WISE Case Study Author

Dr. Siebren Miedema

Professor, Religious Education, VU University, Amsterdam

Hiren Mistry

Regional Director, Subject Matter Expert, Centre for Civic Religious Literacy; WISE Case Study Author

Dr. Erik Owens

Professor, Boston College, Delegate, 1791 Delegates; WISE Case Study Author

Dr. Christina Parker

Subject Matter Expert, Centre for Civic Religious Literacy; WISE Case Study Author

Dr. Margie Patrick

Subject Matter Expert, Centre for Civic Religious Literacy; WISE Case Study Author

Erin Reid

Regional Director, Centre for Civic Religious Literacy; WISE Case Study Author

Jai Rice

Video Producer,
Jaided Films

Dr. Kate E. Soules

Co-Research Director Moral Imagination Community,
Director, Religion & Education Collaborative

Dr. Hicham Tiflati

Regional Director, Centre for Civic Religious Literacy; WISE Case Study Author

Eleesha Tucker

Executive Director, Utah 3Rs Project; WISE Case Study Author

Dr. Michael D. Waggoner

Professor Emeritus, University of Northern Iowa, editor of journal Religion & Education; WISE Case Study Author

Dr. Nathan C. Walker

Co-Principal Investigator Moral Imagination Community; Founder ReligionAndPublicLife.org; Director, The Foundation for Religious Literacy

About ReligionAndPublicLife.org

ReligionAndPublicLife.org is made possible by the charitable contributions of 1791 Delegates, The Foundation for Religious Literacy, and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and the following content contributors.

America Indivisible’s curriculum on Civic Inclusion was made possible thanks to the generous support from the Faith in/and Democracy Fund, a project of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE).
Interfaith Youth Core’s video series on interfaith leadership was made possible thanks to a generous funding from the Henry Luce Foundation