For many emerging interfaith leaders, it is important to ground one’s interfaith work within one’s own religious or ethical worldview. This lesson helps students to consider those stories, figures, and experiences from within their own traditions that support their interfaith work, and encourages them to use these elements to develop their own ethic or theology of interfaith cooperation, and to build relationships with people from other religious and ethical traditions through dialogue.
This lesson includes:
- Module 6.1: What is an Ethic or Theology of Interfaith Cooperation
- Module 6.2: Ethics of Interfaith Cooperation from the Field
- Module 6.3: Building Relationships Across Difference (Through Dialogue)
- Module 6.4: Ethics and Theologies of Interfaith Cooperation Summary and Reflection
Module 6.1: What is an Ethic or Theology of Interfaith Cooperation?
The third area of knowledge for interfaith leadership is what we call an ethic or theology of interfaith cooperation. This personal ethic, derived from the texts, figures, history, and art of one’s own tradition, is explained in detail in this lesson. We will also identify how this ethic or theology can and should be used by interfaith leaders in different contexts.
Module 6.2: Ethics of Interfaith Cooperation from the Field
In this series of interviews, young professionals will share their individual ethics and theologies of interfaith cooperation, and share with students how and when they have used these in their own interfaith leadership.
Module 6.3: Building Relationships Across Difference
One of the most important and most difficult skills of interfaith leadership is facilitating dialogue. In this module, students will be introduced to several skills necessary for successful dialogue facilitation and participation, creating safe spaces for diverse identities, and tools for moving dialogue into action. We will also cover what constitutes a good opening question for interfaith dialogue, and how we can use good questions to build relationships with others of different religious orientations.
Module 6.4: Ethics and Theologies of Interfaith Cooperation Summary and Reflection
In this summative module, students will review the concept and purpose of ethics and theologies of interfaith cooperation, and reflect on how the skills needed to facilitate dialogue and build relationships with others will influence and help grow their interfaith leadership.