Interfaith Learning Opportunities
Keep up to date on interfaith learning opportunities in the community – from conference and fellowships to organizations and graduate programs, there's much to learn.
Idea-Exchange Calgary: Calgary, AB • Fall 2019
Join UCalgary Alumni for lively, expert-led discussions exploring the great ideas that are sparking meaningful change!
Every great idea starts with a question. And every great question unveils an answer that sparks action.Come discover the big questions and answers that have propelled UCalgary researchers to explore groundbreaking ideas that will transform how we live, work and play.
Watch for topics and dates for Calgary coming soon: Check out UCalgary Alumni Event Listings for more details.
American Academy of Religious Annual Meeting: San Diego, California • November 23–26 2019
The American Academy of Religion (AAR) brings thousands of professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons to its Annual Meeting each year. Co-hosted with the Society of Biblical Literature, the Annual Meetings are the largest events of the year in the fields of religious studies and theology. Some 10,000 people are expected for the 2019 Annual Meetings, where more than 1,000 academic sessions and additional meetings will be offered. Plan to join your friends and colleagues in beautiful San Diego, California for the 2019 Annual Meetings!
For more information, check out the AAR Annual Meeting website.
Farm the Land, Grow the Spirit: A Multifaith Peace, Justice and Earthcare Program for Young Adults (Stony Point NY, USA)
The Stony Point Center Summer Institute is seeking Jewish, Christian and Muslim young adults, ages 19-29, who are grounded in their religious tradition, serious about spirituality and the state of the planet, and excited by social activism in a multireligious context.Together we will study and share the three Abrahamic traditions, what they teach about social activism, nonviolence and justice, and apply them to personal and social transformation as we strengthen our relationship to the earth.
Check out the Farm the Land, Grow the Spirit: Summer Institute website for application details
The March of Remembrance and Hope (Germany/Poland)
The March of Remembrance and Hope is a dynamic educational leadership program. Its purpose is to teach students of different religious and ethnic backgrounds about the dangers of intolerance through the study of the Holocaust, and to promote better relations among people of diverse cultures. Usually for one week in May.
Check out The March of Remembrance and Hope website for application details and exact dates.
Vancouver School of Theology: Vancouver BC, Canada
Indigenous and Interreligious Studies:
- Master of Arts (MA IIS)
- Master of Theology (MTh IIS)
- Diploma (DIIS)
Increasingly, North American spiritual, pastoral and public leaders are called to work with diverse publics. Through the Inter-Religious Studies Program and the Indigenous Studies Program, VST has developed resources for multi-faith literacy. This program makes these resources available to lay leaders and others interested in improving civic literacy in the area of cultural and religious diversity.
For more information, check out the Vancouver School of Theology website.
Hartford Seminary: Hartford CT, USA
- Graduate Certificate in Interfaith Dialogue
- Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations
- International Peacemaking Program
With roots that go back to 1834, Hartford Seminary is a non-denominational graduate school for religious and theological studies. What makes them unique is their multi-faith environment and their proven ability to prepare leaders for the complex world that surrounds us. They seek out students who are interested in serving their communities and deepening their own faiths, as well as understanding the faiths of others.
For more information, check out the Hartford Seminary website.
University of Wales Trinity Saint David: Lampeter, Wales, UK
- Professional Doctorate in Interfaith Studies
- MA Interfaith Studies
- Funding: Harmony Interfaith Study Scholarships
This program in Interfaith Studies offers a chance for in-depth study of the relationships between faiths and religion in our contemporary world and how these are impacted by historical, philosophical, theological, and social trends. It offers a balance between detailed study of faiths themselves and broader study of the social aspect of religious belief.
For more information, check out The Interfaith Research College website
Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies: Rome, Italy
The goal of the Fellowship Program is to build bridges between Christian, Jewish, and other religious traditions by providing the next generation of religious leaders with a comprehensive understanding of and dedication to interfaith issues.The Russell Berrie Fellowship targets priests, women religious, and members of the laity for the purpose of studying to obtain a Licence Degree or a 1 year Diploma in Interreligious Studies from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy.
Check out the Russell Berrie Fellowship for application details.
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Fellowship Program
The Fellowship Programme aims at fostering intercultural exchange and interfaith understanding by engaging with young civil society leaders and professionals from Europe, North-America (EUNA), the Middle East and North-Africa (MENA). Framed around two-week exchange trips between EUNA and MENA countries, the Programme sends participants from each geographic area to their counterparts’ region. The Fellowship provides participants with first hand exposure to diversity and with the opportunity to experience cultural immersion while interacting with a wide range of local actors and partners. In every country visited, participants are being provided with crucial comprehension tools to help them understand the plurality of their surroundings, and to get an extensive grasp of host countries’ culture, politics, society, religion, media and more.
Check out the UNAOC Fellowship website for application details and exact dates
KAICIID Fellowship Programme
The KAICIID International Fellows Programme brings together leaders and educators from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and other religious backgrounds from around the world for training in dialogue facilitation, intercultural communication and promoting social cohesion by KAICIID experts. The programme equips Fellows with the skills to educate their students and communities about interreligious dialogue so they can become facilitators and leaders in the dialogue and active peace advocates in their communities.
For more information, check out the KAICIID International Fellows Programme website.
Nostra Aetate Fellowship: Rome, Italy
This immersion program is run by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, is meant for applicants from various faith traditions to come live in Rome and experience the Eternal City at the center of the Catholic world. Open to all people from non-Christian/Jewish traditions.
Applications are reviewed by the Board of Governors twice a year, check out the brochure for more details.
International Peacemaking Program at Hartford Seminary: Hartford, CT, USA
With long-established expertise in interfaith dialogue, Islamic studies, and Christian-Muslim relations, Hartford Seminary is at the forefront of training leaders for peacemaking between religions, especially where there is conflict and the potential for tension and violence.
Check out the website for application details and exact dates
The Journal of Interreligious Studies
This Journal is a forum for academic, social, and timely issues affecting religious communities around the world. Published online, it is designed to increase both the quality and frequency of interchanges between religious groups and their leaders and scholars. By fostering conversation, the Journal hopes to increase religious literacy, contribute to the field of interreligious hermeneutics, and address the issues surrounding interreligious relations, dialogue, theology, and communication. The JIRS solicits articles of an interdisciplinary nature and with the aim of producing resources for interreligious education, pedagogy, and cooperation. It is a collaboration of Hebrew College and the Boston University School of Theology . For regular updates, we invite you to follow the Journal on Facebook or Twitter or to sign up for our newsletter at the bottom right corner of our webpage.
Calgary Interfaith Council
A partnership of religious communities working together for the common good of the people of Calgary.
Hoping to build a more inclusive and pluralist Canada where our differences are valued and engaged and everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive socially and economically, the Inspirit Foundation, through media and arts, supports young change leaders and impact investing, works to challenge prejudice and discrimination based on ethnicity, race and religion, and to promote inclusion and pluralism.
Interfaith Youth Core
The Interfaith Youth Core, based out of Chicago, is an organization empowering young interfaith leaders to build a movement of people from all faiths and philosophical traditions as well as no-religious affiliation who are working together to change the world. They work with Students and Faculty to encourage pluralism on campus’s throughout the USA.
Groundswell is a growing online community of nearly 100,000 people, powered by Auburn Theological Seminary, who believe faith can be a force for good in the world. Faith leaders, organizers, and others motivated by faith and moral commitment come to Groundswell to be inspired to take faithful action, to be taught how to make change online, and to get tools that allow them to take online social action to heal and repair the world.
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations aims to improve understanding and cooperation among nations and peoples across cultures and to reduce polarization at local and global levels. It helps develop more inclusive societies, in which diversity is experienced as an asset.
AFS is an educational organization dedicated to providing exchange programs; enriched learning experiences that promote intercultural awareness, tolerance and communication. By providing immersive learning experiences in new environments combined with regular reflection and coaching opportunities, AFS helps participants build solid foundations for the future.
The Pluralism Project
Based out of Harvard University , The Pluralism project helps Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources. Their website has many useful resources and a directory of Religious Centers across America.
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) is an intergovernmental organization whose mandate is to promote the use of dialogue globally to prevent and resolve conflict to enhance understanding and cooperation. Over a seven-year-long negotiation and development process, KAICIID’s mandate and structure were designed to foster dialogue among people of different faiths and cultures that bridges animosities, reduces fear and instills mutual respect.
A non-profit organization advancing social cohesion through education and innovation, 33 projects in 9 countries
Global Centre for Pluralism
The Global Centre for Pluralism is an independent, not-for-profit international research and education centre located in Ottawa, Canada. Inspired by the example of Canada’s inclusive approach to citizenship, the Centre works to advance respect for diversity worldwide, believing that openness and understanding toward the cultures, social structures, values and faiths of other peoples are essential to the survival of an interdependent world.