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About the Interfaith Leadership Institute

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The Interfaith Leadership Institute (ILI) is the largest gathering of students and educators with a commitment to American religious pluralism. Each year, hundreds of people who care about the future of our religiously diverse society converge in Chicago to learn, train, share, and get inspired to bring the movement for interfaith cooperation back to their campuses and communities.  Over the course of three days, participants learn to bridge divides and forge friendships across lines of religious and worldview differences. Come to the ILI with the passion to bring people together and leave equipped with the knowledge and skills to make it happen.

Interested in joining us in 2020? Fill out our early interest form and be the first to know when registration opens and save $50 off your registration. 


What to expect at the ILI

Training Tracks

Introductory and advanced training tracks are designed to support those new to this work by laying the foundation for interfaith leadership, and providing advanced skills in topics ranging from strategic planning to navigating tricky challenges and more.

Plenary Sessions

Plenary sessions will feature conversation with experienced leaders and their stories of engaging religious difference and disagreement in American life. During the Unconference, attendees will have the power to guide these conversations by choosing discussion topics and important questions at the beginning of the gathering.

Unconference and Program Showcases

On Saturday afternoon, participants have the opportunity discuss topics and themes not covered in our Training Tracks. Dive into the nitty gritty of campus interfaith work, share promising practices for advancing interfaith leadership practices, and discuss the intersections of interfaith cooperation with various social movements.

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Interested in the 2020 ILI?

Plan ahead and save $50 off your registration fee for the 2020 ILI, happening August 7-9, 2020 in Chicago.

PBS Newshour Comes to the ILI

To narrow toxic divides, students build bridges between faiths