The Internet has transformed every area of human interaction – including religion – more than any other invention in history. The new technology is disrupting traditional definitions of community, authority, beliefs, and even what it means to be human and present to one another. The Internet can be used to further divide people of different faiths and worldviews, or it can foster greater understanding – the choice is up to us. Interfaith Youth Core invites you to be part of a new generation of interfaith leaders who understand the power of the Internet, appreciate how it can be used to promote understanding across lines of difference, and are fully trained to maximize the impact of the technology for the common good. Join us by participating in our #Interfaith curriculum to strengthen your interfaith leadership online.
What will I learn?
On your way to earning a certificate in Digital Interfaith Leadership, you’ll build your expertise across the following lessons:
Bridgebuilding Online. Explore case studies of powerful online interfaith bridgebuilding. Learn helpful tools for your own bridgebuilding.
From IRL to URL. Why should we engage in interfaith leadership online? What changes and what stays the same when interfaith work is brought into digital spaces?
How Will YOU Lead Online? There is a great need for online leadership, but there is no one way to lead. Reflect on your values, priorities, and goals to craft your own distinct leadership style.
Religion and the Internet 101. Learn about the Internet’s genesis and evolution, how it is has impacted religious communities, and some intrinsic challenges to online interfaith leadership.
Faith, Facts, and Truth Online. Learn about the ubiquity and danger of misinformation online and develop skills for identifying it. Identify trusted sources for religious information online.
Disrupting Hate Online. Learn best practices for disrupting hate online. Better understand how hate, disinformation, and discrimination manifest online.
Building Online Community. Examine two case studies and reflect on the necessary elements for building community online.
Being Safe Online. Assess and learn to mitigate personal risk online.
Achieving Impact Online. Articulate a vision for your online interfaith leadership. Who is your audience? What do you want to achieve?
Choose Your Platforms. Explore how other online interfaith leaders have utilized different digital platforms for diverse goals. Reflect on which platforms might be best suited to your particular goals and style.
Self-Care Online. Online engagement can produce spiritual and emotional stress. Learn tools for recognizing harm online, taking care of yourself, and accessing support.