Gather, inspire, and connect while building your interfaith skills and sharing inspiring stories with your peers.
The Interfaith Leadership Summit (the Summit) is the largest gathering of students and educators with a commitment to American religious pluralism. Each year, hundreds of people who care about the future of our religiously diverse society converge to learn, train, share, and get inspired to bring the movement for interfaith cooperation back to their campuses and communities. Over the course of three days, participants learn to bridge divides and forge friendships across lines of religious and worldview differences. For the 2022 Summit, we are excited to gather in-person while still offering a virtual component.
Come to the Summit with the passion to bring people together and leave equipped with the knowledge and skills to make it happen.
The last day to register is July 15, 2022. Visit the event website for information about the Summit and learn how to register.
March 9th, 2022, 3:30 pm ET — Mary Hinton (Hollins University) and Carl Strikwerda (Elizabethtown College, Emeritus)
Join Presidents Mary Hinton (Hollins University) and Carl Strikwerda (Elizabethtown College, Emeritus) as they explore the history and missteps of institutional efforts to embrace diversity, with a focus on the curriculum and campus life outside the classroom. In conversation with other college and university presidents past and present, this charrette will consider how critical interfaith engagement with – rather than glossing over – the religious and institutional history of our schools is essential to building more inclusive institutions.
February 28th, 2022, 1 pm ET — Kevin Brown (Spring Arbor University), Tina Grace (Bridging the Gap), Meredith Raimondo (Oberlin College), and Jonathan Zimmerman (University of Pennsylvania)
This charrette will examine two such programs as an invitation to both adoption and adaptation. The first, “Bridging the Gap: Dialogue across Difference,” brought together students from Oberlin College in Ohio – known as a bastion of liberal thinking, where students are frequently dismissed as elite, intolerant “snowflakes” – and students at Spring Arbor University – a private, Christ-centered, liberal arts school in Michigan, whose students are labeled as conservative, intolerant evangelicals. The second program, “Politics in the Age of Trump: Speaking Across Our Differences,” featured a collaboration between Cairn University, a Christian university outside Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania.
February 24th, 2022, 3:30 pm ET — Peter Felten, PhD (Elon University), Leo M. Lambert, PhD (Elon University), and Marion Larson, PhD (Bethel University)
In this interactive charrette, Drs. Peter Felten (Elon University), Leo Lambert (Elon University), and Marion Larson (Bethel University) will invite participants to share and reflect on their own personal stories of (collegiate) relationships that have shaped how they engage difference. Drawing from this collective experience, the conversation will transition to co-imagining how to build campus structures – policies, events, programs – that deliberately seed and nurture relational networks that transcend deep difference.
Gathering at two times on February 24, 2022, people of faith around the world will gather to learn more about how the financial industries have financed the climate’s destructions by investing in the fossil fuel industry, get energized to organize as people of faith to hold asset managers and banks accountable, and commit to bold next steps in their regions.
The campaign will advance the progressive climate movement by amplifying the voices of frontline and Global South faith communities and Indigenous communities, and by aligning religious voices and power with the climate movement’s agenda.
We will showcase moral standards which would then become a public document calling on people of faith around the world to organize around climate finance. These standards will position these leaders to push their institution’s investors.
This will also be a gathering and training of grassroots leaders as they begin to organize in their communities. Part of the summit will be led by frontline community leaders and include training to bridge the gap between frontline leaders and investment leaders, particularly moving into action.
The campaign will be grounded in high-quality theological and spiritual teachings and rituals.
Join the official Launch Call on 24 February at either 9am ET or 7pm ET.
February 7th, 2022, 4 pm ET — Asma T. Uddin (Aspen Institute) and George Yancey, PhD, (Baylor University)
In this opening charrette, or problem-solving session, George Yancey (Baylor University) and Asma Uddin (Aspen Institute) will explore how religious identity can sometimes transcend, and thus serve as a bridge across, these partisan divides. Drawing from their experience, they will examine 1) how the frame of “religious liberty” can unite conservative Christians and religious minorities; and 2) how shared religious commitments can provide a platform for interracial engagement and reconciliation.
The 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions, hosted virtually for the first time in our organization’s history, will provide attendees this upcoming October with a unique opportunity to experience the offerings of the global interfaith movement together for 48 hours.
The program will be hosted in Central US time, coinciding with the location of the Parliament headquarters in Chicago, but provide offerings for time zones around the world.
The Opening Plenary will be hosted on Saturday, October 16th from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Central Time and be followed by regional programming hosted from 9:30 PM on Saturday through 7:00 AM on Sunday, October 17th.
Sunday, October 17th will feature our first full day of programming, with plenaries and breakout sessions offered between 9:00 AM through 10:00 PM Central Time. Regional and flexible programming will be offered between 11:00 PM on Sunday and 8:00 AM Monday.
Monday, October 18th will feature our last day of programming offerings, with our final plenaries and breakout sessions scheduled between 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM Central Time.
You can access the platform and programming at the time and on the device that works best for you!
The 2021 Parliament will not only provide attendees 48 hours of programming but the opportunity to access all the programming free with your registration for 30 days on the Accelevents platform after October 18th. This means rewatching all the plenaries, experiencing all the featured religious and spiritual observances, and attending all featured programs at the touch of a button.
Don’t miss this unique experience at the 8th Parliament of the World’s Religions!
You can register at the link below.