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Foundations of Interfaith Leadership


Foundations of Interfaith Leadership


What is interfaith leadership? What does it take? What’s its impact? What does excellent interfaith leadership look like? Through this interactive, self-paced course, you’ll explore these questions and more. Ideal both for learners who are new to interfaith leadership and for experienced interfaith leaders who would like a stronger foundation for their work, this course provides a roadmap for developing (or continuing to develop) the vision, knowledge, and skills required to contribute to the realization of a truly interfaith America.


Foundations of Interfaith Leadership


Interfaith America awards a professional Certificate in Interfaith Leadership to learners who EITHER:

Complete this 5-hour, interactive, self-paced course independently AND attend an in-person Interfaith Leadership Summit. (Note: This certificate option is available to college students and educators only.)


Complete Foundations of Interfaith Leadership LIVE, which blends independent work with required live, Zoom sessions (5 hours of independent work, plus 9 hours in community). See below for more information about Foundations LIVE.


Interfaith Leadership Summit
What You’ll Learn

Foundations of Interfaith Leadership

What You’ll Learn

When you take this course, you’ll:

  • Define “interfaith leadership” and “interfaith cooperation” by meeting real-life interfaith leaders and exploring compelling case studies 
  • Learn about the vision, knowledge, and skills that support effective interfaith leadership
  • Discover the history of interfaith cooperation in the United States and consider some of the unique opportunities and challenges of our religiously diverse democracy 
  • Explore the concrete ways in which interfaith cooperation strengthens communities and society 
  • Investigate your own religious, ethical, or philosophical inspiration for engaging in interfaith leadership 
  • Learn from others about their own religious, ethical, and philosophical inspirations 
Join Us Live

Foundations of Interfaith Leadership

Join Us Live

Would you like to learn in community, rather than on your own? Or, are you someone outside of higher education who would like to earn a Certificate in Interfaith Leadership? In partnership with Interfaith Philadelphia, Interfaith America is pleased to offer Foundations of Interfaith Leadership LIVE — an online opportunity to learn and practice the basics of interfaith leadership in real time with other aspiring interfaith leaders. This live version of the Foundations course pairs independent learning with six facilitated skill-building sessions.

The next session of Foundations LIVE will take place Tuesdays from 9:30-11:00am CT for six weeks, from February 7 through March 14, 2023.

Enroll in Foundations LIVE

Learn More

  • Can I take this course and not attend the Interfaith Leadership Summit?

    Yes! Anyone is invited to complete Foundations of Interfaith Leadership, whether independently or in community. The course serves as a fun and engaging way to learn more about interfaith leadership or to strengthen your interfaith foundation.

    Interfaith Leadership Summits are currently only open to college students and educators. If you are not in higher education (or you are a student or educator who is unable to travel to Chicago), you can enroll in Foundations of Interfaith Leadership LIVE to earn a Certificate in Interfaith Leadership.

    Foundations LIVE blends interactive, independent learning with required, live sessions where you’ll build interfaith relationships and skills.

  • What is ReligionAndPublicLife.org, and why do I have to register to access the course?

    Foundations of Interfaith Leadership is hosted by our partners at ReligionAndPublicLife.org. Their social learning community is custom designed for learners focused on religious diversity in civic spaces. To access the course, you’ll need to register with a bio and a photo. This is to ensure that all learners are actual people who are interested in learning together. We hope you’ll enjoy learning with others who are genuinely committed to growing their interfaith leadership.

  • Who can I contact with questions about the course?

    Please contact Gracie Webb at [email protected] if you have any questions about this course or about earning a Certificate in Interfaith Leadership.

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Develop the vision, knowledge, and skills required to contribute to the realization of a truly interfaith America.

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Reach Out

Let us know if you have any questions about this course.

Gracie Webb

Program Assistant

Interfaith America