Interfaith Leadership Video Series
Lesson Five: Historical Examples of Interfaith Cooperation
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Although the current interfaith movement is relatively young, there is a rich history of both national and global interfaith cooperation. Highlighting key historical moments of interfaith engagement, this lesson offers examples of successes and failures that today’s interfaith leaders can learn from.
5.1: Why Does This History Matter?
This video identifies ways that historical examples of interfaith cooperation can help interfaith leaders combat the false notion that religious difference inherently leads to violence and tension.
5.2: Interfaith Cooperation in United States History
This lesson looks at the history of the United States, citing several instances of interfaith bridge-building and cooperation. These examples extend from the early European settlers through the 1960s and into today.
5.3: Who are your Interfaith Heroes?
Through a series of short interviews, young professionals in different fields share stories of their own interfaith role models, contributing to students’ knowledge of historical examples of interfaith cooperation and identifying ways in which these precedents have been useful to their own interfaith leadership.
5.4: Historical Interfaith Cooperation Summary and Reflection
This final module summarizes the key ideas presented in this lesson and elaborates on how this rich history of cooperation set the stage for today’s interfaith movement.