Equip your community to build the movement.

IFYC's Regional Interfaith Leadership Gatherings empower interfaith leaders at the local level. Campuses across the country work with IFYC to bring interfaith leadership skills to the issues that are most pressing for their campus and community. Through this collaboration, regional gatherings serve as a place to launch core groups of young leaders to tackle these issues and inspire ongoing interfaith initiatives on multiple campuses.

This year, in partnership with the Fetzer Institute, IFYC is pleased to offer additional funding for regional gatherings that focus on healing the heart of American democracy. In a time of divisive political and cultural rhetoric, our nation is in need of interfaith leaders who will move us toward a vision of interfaith cooperation that helps achieve a flourishing democracy. All campuses are invited to propose ways they will develop gatherings with the focus of creating or enhancing dialogue across diverse communities to heal cultural divides particularly those that have been wrought by recent and escalating tension. (See our Grant Expectations page for more information.)

This year, there are 13 gatherings happening on campuses across the country, covering everything from storytelling to best practices for dialogue to intersections with social justice:

Made in Michigan Interfaith Leadership Lab
Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, MI)
October 20-22, 2017
Open to anyone

The Interfaith Story on Your Campus: What's Next?
Missouri State University (Springfield, MO)
October 21-22, 2017
Open to anyone

Welcoming Our Neighbors
Drew University (Madison, NJ)
November 3-4, 2017
Open to anyone

Sacred (Digital) Places: Building Interfaith Capacities while Building with Minecraft
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute (Daytona Beach, FL)
November 11, 2017
Open to anyone

Can We Just Talk about This? Preparing Today’s Student Leaders for Interfaith Engagement on Campus and in Their Lives
Bryn Mawr College (Philadelphia, PA)
February 1-2, 2018
Open to students and educators from Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College, and Haverford College

Religare: Stories of Hope and Inter(active)-Faith
Baylor University (Waco, TX)
January 26-27, 2018
Open to anyone

Building Interreligious Student Community
Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN)
February 2-3, 2018
Open to anyone

Engaging Across Faiths in a Health Care Setting
Washington State University (Spokane, WA)
February 9-10, 2018
Open to anyone

Iowa Interfaith Exchange: Emerging Interfaith Leaders
Simpson College/Drake University (Indianola, IA)
February 23-24, 2018
Open to anyone

Storytelling for a Vibrant Democracy: Engaging the Diverse, Devout, and Nones
University of St. Thomas (Saint Paul, MN)
February 23-24, 2018
Open to anyone

Ripple 2018: Healing the World: Interfaith and Social Justice
Elon University (Elon, NC)
February 23-25, 2018
Open to anyone

Interfaith Community & the Future of American Democracy
Hendrix College (Conway, AR)
February 24, 2018
Open to students and educators from Hendrix College, Lyon College, Rhodes College, University of the Ozarks, and University of Central Arkansas.

Developing Interfaith Leadership in the Intermountain West
Utah Valley University (Orem, UT)
April 20-21, 2018
Open to anyone

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Host a Gathering

Learn more about how to bring a regional gathering to your area.

Attend a Gathering

Find out more about this year’s gatherings and how you can participate.

Past Regional Gatherings

  • Missouri State University: Inspired to Serve: November 11-13th, 2016
  • Davis and Elkins College: Peacemaking in Appalachia: Feb 10-11th, 2017
  • Colleges of the Fenway: Communities of Faith: February 11th, 2017
  • Texas Christian University: Southwest Interfaith Round-Up: Feb 24-25th, 2017
  • Elon University: Ripple 2017: Mindfully Plural: Feb 24-26th, 2017
  • Utah State University: Developing Capacity for Student Interfaith leadership in the Intermountain West: April 21-22, 2017
  • Loras College: February 20th, 2017
  • Muhlenberg College and the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges: River Crossings: February 20th, 2017
  • University of Dayton and Wittenberg College: February 20th, 2017
  • University of Illinois's Interfaith Cooperation Conference: April 1st-3rd, 2017