Before you get started

Regardless of the modules you choose, you will need to download these initial resources to prepare to facilitate a learning experience for participating students, faculty, and staff. Roll over each card to read more about the materials.

Introduction Module

This brief (20 minute) opening module should be used at the outset of any facilitation as it sets the context and creates an environment for authentic discussion, learning, and engagement.

Facilitator’s Guide

This guide will help you prepare for facilitating BRIDGE and assist you in creating intentional experiences, planning your content delivery and disseminating information. As you begin planning your training review this guide and consider the dynamics, areas of interest, space and environment, and campus context in which you are facilitating.

Pre-assessment Tool

These pre-assessment questions will help you assess the starting point of the skills, knowledge, comfort, and confidence of your participants. This tool will also give you a benchmark to measure the impact of your training as welll as the growth of your participants.

Optional Presentation Slides

These optional slides are helpful visuals to discuss worldview and interfaith cooperation. These slides support three modules: Why We Should Talk about Worldview, Identity Gears, and Concentric Circle, though they can be used throughout the full curriculum. If you need other slides please contact rachel@ifyc.org.

Follow up Email Template

We encourage you to send a follow up email highlighting resources and action steps to enable participants to apply their learning. This email template also includes a link to a follow-up evaluation which is sent to IFYC; please contact rachel@ifyc.org directly to gain access to that evaluation data.

BRIDGE Badge Guide

This resource will help you determine when to provide the BRIDGE badge to training participants upon completion of the training. The BADGE comes in a set of designed, downloadable visuals as well as an email signature.


The Modules

Why We Should Talk about Worldview

Focus on ‘making the case’ for engaging worldview diversity on campus. This module provides a description of the scholarship and research supporting the need to do so and defines terms to ensure clarity of message. This module can be useful as a starting point for participants and/or campuses that are new to interfaith work as it communicates the urgency of actively engaging worldview.

Why We Should Talk about Worldview: Module

Highlights the various reasons, scholarship, and research to engage religious diversity on college campuses.

Why We Should Talk about Worldview: Glossary of Terms

Defines terms, commonly used in interfaith engagement, to minimize confusion and misunderstanding.

Why We Should Talk about Worldview: Script

A sample set of talking points to convey the importance of engaging worldview in higher education within a 10-15 minute time frame.

Personal Reflection Modules

Personal Reflection Modules are an essential element for preparing oneself to engage in conversations about worldview identity. These types of Modules help participants gain comfort and competence in discussing an often fraught topic. There are two modules from which you can choose. Please keep in mind audience, context, and learning outcomes.

Personal Reflection Activity Option 1: Identity Gears

Invites participants to consider the various parts of their identity by providing an opportunity to reflect upon beliefs and values.

Personal Reflection Activity Option 1: Identity Gears worksheet

Although one could facilitate this module without a worksheet, this aid assists visual learners and further clarifies the directions for the activity.

Personal Reflection Activity Option 2: Timeline

Through informal storytelling, and the ability to opt-in and out, participants choose to increase their comfort level in discussing worldview and begin building relationships with one another.

Engagement Activity Modules

Engagement Activity Modules provide an opportunity to “practice” interfaith engagement and build skills for relationship building. These modules empower participants to think about the possibility of engaging interfaith cooperation in their own work. There are three modules from which you can choose. Please keep in mind audience, context, and learning outcomes.

Engagement Activity Option 1: Concentric Circles

Through listening, sharing, and having a little fun we begin to engage and share with one another our religious, spiritual, and secular beliefs and values.

Engagement Activity Option 2: Shared Values Dialogue

This Module takes a conversational approach to providing a valuable religious literacy-building opportunity for participants and facilitators alike centered around values of service and hospitality.

Engagement Activity Option 2: Shared Values of Service

Centered around shared values of service this Module explores texts of different traditions, to increase appreciative knowledge and religious literacy.

Engagement Activity Option 2: Shared Values of Hospitality

Centered around shared values of hospitality this Module explores texts of different traditions to increase participants' appreciative knowledge and religious literacy.

Engagement Activity Option 3: Shared Values Exploration

Finding shared values with others is foundational in cultivating mutually inspiring relationships and seeking interfaith cooperation. This activity asks participants to explore shared values in order to increase appreciative attitudes and deepen relationships.

Engagement Activity Option 3: Shared Values Bingo

Through a little fun we play a values-based BINGO activity and begin learning about the religious, spiritual, and secular diversity present in the room.

Exploring Bias Modules

Exploring Bias Modules create an ideal learning environment to gain awareness, further understanding, and combat one’s own personal as well as broader societal biases. Creating time to explore biases helps improve our abilities to engage worldview identity productively. There are two modules from which you can choose. Please keep in mind audience, context, and learning outcomes.

Exploring Bias Option 1: Case Study Approach

Interrogates personal and societal biases and their influence on worldview.

Exploring Bias Option 2: Personal Reflection

Through individual exploration and interactive story sharing we learn about and disrupt our biases.

Interfaith Literacy Module

These Modules help develop participants' interfaith literacy, which is critical for building relationships and appreciative attitudes toward individuals who orient around religion differently. Each person in the room is both learner and educator. Participants must be prepared to discuss and engage with others about their worldview.

Interfaith Literacy Option 1: What is Interfaith Literacy?

By learning, engaging, and sharing our worldview identities we increase our own and others' interfaith literacy and appreciative knowledge.

Interfaith Literacy Option 2: Theologies or Ethics of Interfaith Cooperation

Anchored in our commitment to respecting religious and non-religious identity, building relationships and working for the common good we begin crafting and sharing our ethics and theologies of interfaith cooperation.

Pre-Module Email Template

This pre-module email template informs participants of their role within these modules and should be emailed out at minimum one week before the training. These modules require participants to come prepared to share their worldview and lift up examples of interfaith cooperation from their tradition.