In the opening session, participants will explore and unpack key terms of interfaith leadership and how interfaith cooperation connects to their institution’s mission.
In this session, you will have a chance to consider the challenges in leading interfaith work. You will explore what skills you are bringing, what challenges you hold, and how you can work through issues by using your interfaith leadership skills.
Drake University’s Comparison Project has been engaged in the study of local-lived religion and the cultivation of interfaith leaders for over five year. In this session, the faculty who run The Comparison Project, along with the students who have been involved in its programming, will showcase some of its interfaith successes: a student-written photo-narrative about religion in Des Moines (A Spectrum of Faith), on-line guides to and resources by local faith communities, an ongoing open-house series in different places of worship, and a summer interfaith camp for high-school students. Attendees will then have ample time to meet in small groups to brainstorm ways in which they might engage with their own local communities in similar ways.
Put your interfaith leadership into action! Participants will discuss and plan key next steps, map campus and community resources and be ready to put your work into action back on campus.