Building Bridges, Deepening Faith: Interfaith Leadership on Christian Campuses
Growing diversity in the United States is challenging our country’s cohesion. When diversity is left unengaged it can contribute to tribalism, but diversity can also be a source of strength when engaged productively. Building bridges across religious divides is as important now as ever and Christian colleges and universities have a role to play in equipping their students to engage religious differences to advance the common good.
Christians are often hesitant to participate in interfaith activities because they are concerned they will be asked to dilute their faith commitments or accept truths of other religions—but IFYC’s definition of interfaith cooperation challenges that premise. At IFYC, “interfaith cooperation” is defined by respect for religious identity, mutually inspiring relationships across diverse religious communities, and common action for the common good.2 We also uphold that participating in interfaith cooperation can deepen Christian faith formation. A recent national study of interfaith engagement in college showed that students who engaged religious diversity through certain activities simultaneously deepened their own religious identity.3
IFYC and CCCU are also committed to advancing racial justice. Accordingly, this grant opportunity invites CCCU leaders to engage students in meaningful interfaith learning, dialogue, and action that integrates a focus on racial justice and reconciliation. Through generous support from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and the Pew Charitable Trust, CCCU and IFYC are offering grants in the amount of $10,000 to support individual CCCU campuses as they implement large scale, sustainable initiatives to advance interfaith cooperation.
All U.S.-based schools in the CCCU network are eligible to apply. Grants will be awarded to support campuses that are pursuing interfaith activities for the first time, as well as campuses proposing innovative approaches for deepening existing interfaith work.
Apply now! We are accepting applications on a rolling basis from November 1, 2021 to April 1, 2022 for projects that will be implemented between August 2022 and June 2023. Please review the full request for proposals and the application questions (PDF) before completing the online application.
We welcome questions about this opportunity! Please contact Shauna Morin at email@example.com for more details.
1Putnam, R. (2006). E pluribus unum: Diversity and community in the twenty-first century. Scandinavian Political Studies, 30(2), 137–174.
2Learn more about IFYC’s definition of interfaith cooperation at www.ifyc.org/interfaith.
3Rockenbach, A. N., Mayhew, M. J., Correia-Harker, B. P., Morin, S., Dahl, L., & Associates (2018). Best practices for interfaith learning and development in the first year of college. Interfaith Youth Core.