Lesson Five

Although the interfaith movement as it exists today is relatively young, there is a rich history of interfaith cooperation. This lesson highlights several key moments in world and United States history that help to position today’s movement, providing examples of successes and failures from which today’s interfaith leaders draw inspiration and support.

This lesson includes:

  • Module 5.1: Why Does this History Matter?
  • Module 5.2: Interfaith Cooperation in United States History
  • Module 5.3: Who are Your Interfaith Heroes?
  • Module 5.4: Historical Interfaith Cooperation Summary and Reflection

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Lesson 5 Module 5A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pcku9zSKcws

Module 5.1: Why Does This History Matter?

In this lesson we identify the ways in which knowing historical examples of interfaith cooperation can help interfaith leaders today combat the false notion that religious difference inherently leads to violence and tension. 

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Lesson 5 Module 5B

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ4gGiISC4s

Module 5.2: Interfaith Cooperation in United States History

This lesson looks at the history of the United States, citing several instances of interfaith bridge-building and cooperation. These examples extend from the early European settlers through the 1960s and into today. 

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Module 5.3: Who are your Interfaith Heroes?

Through a series of short interviews, young professionals in different fields share stories of their own interfaith role models, contributing to students’ knowledge of historical examples of interfaith cooperation and identifying ways in which these precedents have been useful to their own interfaith leadership. 

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Module 5.4: Historical Interfaith Cooperation Summary and Reflection

In the final module of this lesson, we will summarize the key ideas presented in this lesson and elaborate on how this rich history of cooperation has set the stage for the growing interfaith movement today.

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Lesson 5 Module 5C

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3dfue3LQqY

Lesson 5 Module 5D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T1Oe5M4Jkk