Interfaith Leadership Video Series
In this eight-part Interfaith Leadership video series, you get a chance to explore the foundational concepts of interfaith cooperation, learn about inspiring interfaith leaders, and examine the history of American religious diversity. Facilitated by Eboo Patel and featuring the voices of young leaders from many different backgrounds, the videos come paired with lesson plans, reading lists, and classroom activities developed by IFYC staff and faculty at Dominican University.
This project was made possible by generous funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.
This curriculum was designed to be adaptable to meet the needs of faculty in diverse settings and disciplines. As well, it can be utilized by instructors and trainers, throughout a university, depending on their needs.
Developed to be a full course experience, the Interfaith Leadership video series has 8 separate lessons. Each lesson focuses on a different topic of interfaith development and has 2-4 videos, along with lesson plans that cover learning objectives, suggested classroom activities, and further readings related to the topic.
While developed as a complete course, we encourage you to adapt the videos and activities to your specific needs. You can use the entire course or only specific videos or components. Faculty have used this course in a variety of contexts, including as the main and/or supplemental material in courses on healthcare, business, civic leadership, and international studies.
Media Format & Access
Both the videos and PDF lesson plans are free to download.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What topics and material does the course cover?
The series begins with an overview of fundamental questions around religious identity and moves on to the interfaith building blocks of social theory, pluralism, and religious literacy. Other videos help participants understand the history of interfaith cooperation in the United States, learn skills such as dialogue facilitation, and be able to better recognize and address issues of religious difference and its impact on everyday life, including in several professional sectors such as business, medicine, and education.
- Who is the appropriate audience for this course?
The course was designed to be engaged by undergraduate students in the classroom, either through blended or online learning models (thus the references to the Canvas platform that you see throughout). Campus professionals have also found these materials useful for student leadership trainings, interfaith clubs, orientation programming, and staff development. The skills and knowledge included in this course will be relevant to students and participants interested in the liberal arts and humanities, as well as professions such as medicine, business, education, and technology that are experiencing rapid religious diversification.
- What have other faculty and instructors said about this course?
“My students used to resent having to take a required religions course. They thought it was useless and irrelevant to their major fields of study. IFYC's Interfaith Leadership curriculum resources help them to see how crucial it is for them, in their professional lives, to have the skills and knowledge to build bridges with diverse people who orient around religion differently. The quality of their written and oral assignments has rocketed up Bloom's taxonomy from basic religious literacy knowledge, to keen analysis, application, and evaluation.”
Joan Crist, Calumet College of St. Joseph
- How else can I access these videos?
Many of the videos can be accessed as standalone videos via our Resource Library. Click on the “Videos” option to see what’s available.
- What other interfaith curriculum and/or training material do you have available?
Check out our BRIDGE training curriculum if you are interested in leading a training for students, staff, or faculty on your campus. It has activities for exploring bias, understanding interfaith literacy, and expanding capacity around religious diversity.
More questions? Want guidance on how to utilize the course in your classroom? Contact Carr Harkrader, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.