The world today requires interfaith leaders, and this course offers a comprehensive and academically rigorous examination of this concept. This eight-lesson course covers an array of topics, beginning with fundamental questions around religious identity and moving on to building blocks of social theory, pluralism, and religious literacy. Students will explore some of the history of interfaith cooperation in the United States, learn skills such as dialogue facilitation, and be able to better recognize and address issues of religious difference and its impact on everyday life, including in several professional sectors such as business, medicine, and education.

Learning Modules with Videos

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Module #1

Module #2 Module #3

Readings for Module 3.1

Readings for Module 3.2

Readings for Module 3.3

Readings for Module 3.4

Module #4

Readings for Module 4.1

Readings for Module 4.2

      • From the “Religions” portal of the Pluralism Project, select a tradition with which you do not identify and, ideally, with which you are not familiar. Then, explore one of the short essays from the “Introduction to ______” section and one from the “The _____ Experience” section (if these sections are provided—otherwise, select two essays from whichever section is available), which will provide a reliable basis for appreciating the history, thought, and forms of life of your selected tradition in all its diversity.

Readings for Module 4.3

Readings for Module 4.4

Module #5 Module #6

Readings for Module 6.1

      • “Rivers of Faith” (The Pluralism Project)
      • From the “Religions ” portal of the Pluralism Project, select a tradition with which you identify (or, if you do not identify with any tradition listed here, select the tradition of a close friend or family member). Then, explore one or two of the short essays in the “Introduction to ______” (or “The ______ Tradition”) section, which engage with the central texts, important figures, and historical moments from which a theology or ethic of interfaith cooperation might be derived. Identify at least three theological or ethical themes that you think supports the value you place on interfaith relations. _

Readings for Module 6.2

Readings for Module 6.3

Module #7 Module #8


A Playlist of 32 “Introduction to Interfaith Leadership” Videos

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