Born out of growing frustration with religious responses to pressing social issues like the school to prison pipeline, police violence in urban settings, and economic disparities, projectCURATE began in 2014 in Houston, Texas, through a network of relationships that joined individuals active in academic settings and community social justice movements. During this time, projectCURATE began to actively wonder what new possibilities would emerge if collaborative learning around race, religion, and justice took place in a context where those most impacted by racial inequity were placed at the center of facilitating, leading, and organizing.
Together, we began to design curricula that could create space for clergy, academics, activists, artists, laity, and students to interact with and learn from one another. From 2014-2015, we focused our curricula and programming around issues of incarceration and return, and immigration. In 2016-2017, projectCURATE joined with BLMHTX and ImagiNoir—local and international activist think-tanks—to create curriculum around racial solidarity, religion, and justice. And 2018, we introduced a curriculum on religion and social consciousness that explores community building strategies through the development of social incubator projects. Currently, we not only build intellectual/social community around custom curricula, but also engage in collaborative responses--through public forums, community and civic engagement, and consultations--to issues concerning religion, community, and intersectional justice in local and national contexts.