INTF 1101 Interfaith Foundations for Emerging Leaders

We’re excited to have you join Interfaith America’s Emerging Leaders Network! In this short, self-paced, interactive course, you’ll explore the foundations of interfaith leadership: What is interfaith leadership? What’s its impact? What does excellent interfaith leadership look like? What’s our goal? Upon completion of this course (and a short survey), you’ll become part of something very special: a network of over 2,000 fellow leaders working toward the realization of a truly interfaith America. Welcome. We’re so glad you’re here.

Interfaith America · July 17, 2022

Interfaith America is a non-profit organization that inspires, equips, and connects leaders and institutions to unlock the potential of America’s religious diversity.

Interfaith America’s Emerging Leaders Network inspires, equips, and connects members of our network and the institutions they serve. We equip our leaders to make an impact with grants and learning resources. We inspire by sharing stories of Emerging Leaders creating change in their communities. Finally, we connect our leaders with each other through convenings and fellowships.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, members of the Emerging Leaders Network will be able to:

  • Name the three components of interfaith leadership;
  • Describe Interfaith America’s definition of “interfaith” and “interfaith cooperation”;
  • Articulate their religious, spiritual, ethical, or philosophical identity and various influences on it;
  • Differentiate bridged vs. bonded social capital;
  • Define interfaith cooperation and name at least two civic goods that result from it;
  • Recognize unique opportunities and challenges that come with living in a religiously diverse democracy, such as the United States; and
  • Recognize how folks across society cast the vision of interfaith cooperation.


Hannah Willage

Director of the Emerging Leaders Network
Interfaith America

Noah Silverman

Vice President of Public Affairs
Interfaith America

Dr. Eboo Patel

Founder and President
Interfaith America

Connie Meyer

Curriculum Development Consultant
Interfaith America

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Civic Education for a Common Good

We apply the U.S. Department of Education’s Consensus Statements about Constitutional Approaches for Teaching about Religion

▸ Our approach to religion is academic, not devotional;
▸ We strive for student awareness of religions, but do not press for student acceptance of any religion;
▸ We sponsor the study about religion, not the practice of religion;
▸ We expose students to a diversity of religious views, but may not impose any particular view;
▸ We educate about all religions, we do not promote or denigrate any religion;
▸ We inform students about religious beliefs and practices, it does not seek to conform students to any particular belief or practice.

We apply the American Academy of Religion’s “Religious Literacy Guidelines”

▸ “Religious Literacy Guidelines for College Students.” American Academy of Religion, 2019.
▸ “Teaching About Religion: AAR Guidelines for K-12 Public Schools.” American Academy of Religion, April 2010.

We apply the National Council for the Social Studies C3 Frameworks for Religious Studies

College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, “Religious Studies Companion Document for the C3 Framework.” Silver Spring, MD: National Council for the Social Studies, 2017.