Professor David Elcott, in Indonesia, Leads Trainings on Religious and Civic Pluralism

For part of the summer, NYU Wagner Professor David Elcott is working in Indonesia to help members of a grassroots network in their struggle to maintain a pluralistic society despite rising fundamentalism.

The Gus Durian network was named after the former Indonesian president revered by supporters as a religious man, a pluralist and a deeply democratic leader. Professor Elcott’s current trainings help the network of young and old with their efforts to advance the principles of a democratic and ecumenical civil society.

Participants are guided in rethinking their strategy and articulating their mission comprehensively. Their civic engagement aims to be patient, inclusive toward others, and—steeped in the prophetic tradition—tranformative for both individuals and their communities.

Professor Elcott recently created the Religious and Civics Project at NYU Wagner, educating students who are interested in using their religious faith in their public service careers in the face of growing polarization in America. He is the Henry and Marilyn Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership.