About the Interfaith Leadership Institute

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 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. Learn more about who can come and what to expect.


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. Learn more about our student and educator tracks.

Plenary Sessions

Plenary sessions feature experienced leaders and their stories of engaging difference in American life. Attendees will have the power to guide these conversations by choosing discussion topics and important questions at the beginning of the gathering. Look for updates later this year about our 2019 keynote speakers.

Discounts & Scholarships

As we do not want cost to be a hindrance to engaging with interfaith leadership, we have a number of discounts, as well as registration and lodging scholarships available.

2019 ILI Schedule


10:00am – 12:00pm: Registration and Check-In
11:00am: Information Session for First Time Attendees (optional)
12:00pm: Opening Lunch 
1:30pm – 3:00pm: Training Session 1
3:00pm – 3:30pm: Break
3:30pm – 5:30pm: Training Session 2
5:30pm – 7:30pm: Dinner and Keynote


8:00am – 9:00am: Breakfast
9:00am – 10:30am: Training Session 3
10:30am – 11:00am: Break
11:00am – 1:00pm: Training Session 4
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Lunch & Storytelling
2:30pm – 5:30pm: Unconference and Additional Opportunities
5:30pm: Night on the Town (Dinner on your own)


8:00am – 9:00am: Breakfast
9:00am – 11:00am: Training Session 5
11:00am – 11:30am: Break
11:30am – 12:30pm: Closing Programs for Students and Educators
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Closing Lunch

More schedule details to come in the spring.

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