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Christian Leadership in a Multifaith World

Today we are reckoning with systemic racism in our nation and a pandemic in our world. These crises emerge against a backdrop of growing diversity and deepening division. We are at a critical crossroad in our national history: will we continue to divide further, or will we choose to come together across lines of difference to build a stronger society? The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the Interfaith Youth Core believe that individual religious identities can and should serve as a bridge, not a barrier, to working together with others from diverse backgrounds toward the common good.

We know that interfaith engagement can deepen Christian faith formation and build resilient discipleship. A recent groundbreaking longitudinal study of 3500 nationally representative college students across the country showed that students who took part in activities that intentionally engaged religious diversity simultaneously deepened their commitment to their own religious identity.1

Through generous support from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, CCCU and IFYC are developing an online curriculum titled, "Christian Leadership in a Multifaith World" that explores the Christian foundation for interfaith engagement, builds students’ religious literacy, and equips students to lead bridge-building activities in their communities. The curriculum is being developed in partnership with Bethel University (MN) faculty Marion Larson, Amy Poppinga, and Sara Shady. The curriculum offers a series of online activities that are intended to be incorporated into existing courses or co-curricular leadership programs on CCCU campuses. CCCU and IFYC are offering grants in the amount of $1,000 ($500 individual stipend + $500 for programming costs) to individual faculty and staff on CCCU campuses to use the pilot curriculum with their students in 2021 and offer CCCU and IFYC feedback on ways to strengthen the curriculum for future use.

Grant applications are available on October 1, 2020 and applications are due January 8, 2020. Faculty and staff at CCCU schools in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis. Grant funds must be spent between January 15 and June 30, 2021. (Note that we anticipate offering a second round of grants in Spring 2021 for Fall 2021.) Please review the Request for Proposals, the Introduction to the Christian Leadership in a Multifaith World Curriculum, and the Christian Leadership in a Multifaith World Outline before applying.

Please contact Megan Johnson ( with any questions.

1 “Best Practices for Interfaith Learning and Development in the First Year of College.” Rockenbach, A. N., Mayhew, M. J., Correia-Harker, B. P., Dahl, L., Morin, S., & Associates. (2018). Chicago, IL: Interfaith Youth Core.