Equip your community to build the movement.

IFYC's Regional Interfaith Leadership Gatherings empower interfaith leaders at the local level. Campuses across the country work with IFYC to bring interfaith leadership skills to the issues that are most pressing for their campus and community. Through this collaboration, regional gatherings serve as a place to launch core groups of young leaders to tackle these issues and inspire ongoing interfaith initiatives on multiple campuses.

All campuses are invited to propose ways they will develop gatherings with the focus of creating or enhancing dialogue across diverse communities and empower students and educators to build their interfaith leadership skillset.

We are looking to support seven during the 2018-2019 academic year.

If you are interested in applying for funding, find out more information here. Applications are due April 30th, 2018, and we will have a fall application window that ends October 30th, 2018, should you need more time to prepare. Regardless of when you apply, you must plan for an event in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Apply here


This year, there are 13 gatherings happening on campuses across the country, covering everything from storytelling to best practices for dialogue to intersections with social justice:

Made in Michigan Interfaith Leadership Lab
Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, MI)
October 20-22, 2017
Open to anyone

The Interfaith Story on Your Campus: What's Next?
Missouri State University (Springfield, MO)
October 21-22, 2017
Open to anyone

Welcoming Our Neighbors
Drew University (Madison, NJ)
March 16-17, 2018
Open to anyone

Sacred (Digital) Places: Building Interfaith Capacities while Building with Minecraft
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute (Daytona Beach, FL)
April 14, 2018
Open to anyone

Can We Just Talk about This? Preparing Today’s Student Leaders for Interfaith Engagement on Campus and in Their Lives
Bryn Mawr College (Philadelphia, PA)
February 1-2, 2018
Open to students and educators from Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College, and Haverford College

Religare: Stories of Hope and Inter(active)-Faith
Baylor University (Waco, TX)
January 26-27, 2018
Open to anyone

Building Interreligious Student Community
Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN)
February 2-3, 2018
Open to anyone

Engaging Across Faiths in a Health Care Setting
Washington State University (Spokane, WA)
February 9-10, 2018
Open to anyone

Iowa Interfaith Exchange: Emerging Interfaith Leaders
Simpson College/Drake University (Indianola, IA)
February 24-25, 2018
Open to anyone

Storytelling for a Vibrant Democracy: Engaging the Diverse, Devout, and Nones
University of St. Thomas (Saint Paul, MN)
February 23-24, 2018
Open to anyone

Ripple 2018: Healing the World: Interfaith and Social Justice
Elon University (Elon, NC)
February 23-25, 2018
Open to anyone

Interfaith Community & the Future of American Democracy
Hendrix College (Conway, AR)
February 24, 2018
Open to students and educators from Hendrix College, Lyon College, Rhodes College, University of the Ozarks, and University of Central Arkansas.

Developing Interfaith Leadership in the Intermountain West
Utah Valley University (Orem, UT)
April 20-21, 2018
Open to anyone

Learn more about the grant and how to apply


Host a Gathering

Learn more about how to bring a regional gathering to your area.

Attend a Gathering

Find out more about this year’s gatherings and how you can participate.

Past Regional Gatherings

  • Missouri State University: Inspired to Serve: November 11-13th, 2016
  • Davis and Elkins College: Peacemaking in Appalachia: Feb 10-11th, 2017
  • Colleges of the Fenway: Communities of Faith: February 11th, 2017
  • Texas Christian University: Southwest Interfaith Round-Up: Feb 24-25th, 2017
  • Elon University: Ripple 2017: Mindfully Plural: Feb 24-26th, 2017
  • Utah State University: Developing Capacity for Student Interfaith leadership in the Intermountain West: April 21-22, 2017
  • Loras College: February 20th, 2017
  • Muhlenberg College and the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges: River Crossings: February 20th, 2017
  • University of Dayton and Wittenberg College: February 20th, 2017
  • University of Illinois's Interfaith Cooperation Conference: April 1st-3rd, 2017