Attend a Regional Gathering

2017-2018 Regional Leadership Gatherings

Regional Leadership Gatherings offer participants the opportunity to develop key interfaith skills, apply interfaith to tough situations, build a professional network, and deepen their passion for interfaith cooperation. Some develop similar skill sets as our Interfaith Leadership Institutes, others offer distinctly different programming. This year, we have 13 Regional Leadership Gatherings covering topics from storytelling, to interfaith and democracy, to shared values. Detailed descriptions for each gathering will be coming soon.

Made in Michigan Interfaith Leadership Lab
Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, MI)
October 20-21, 2017
This event will focus on the foundations of interfaith leadership and engagement while also working on skills to tackle challenging conversations seen around campus and in the community. This lab will have trainings, tours of religious spaces, a panel of local religious leaders, lots of food, and a Baha’i celebration!
The Interfaith Story on Your Campus: What’s Next?
Missouri State University (Springfield, MO)
October 21-22, 2017
Join MSU, Drury University, and Westminster for a weekend focused on discovering what interfaith leadership means to you and your campus, identifying challenges and assets within your campus community, and developing an action plan to increase interfaith cooperation on your campus.
Welcoming Our Neighbors
Drew University (Madison, NJ)
March 16-17, 2018
The focus of this gathering is to develop interfaith leaders at campuses throughout northern New Jersey and the surrounding area. Participants will gain skills for engaging religious difference and asset mapping their communities before applying their newfound interfaith leadership skills in an afternoon of service.
Sacred (Digital) Spaces: Building Interfaith Capacities while Building with Minecraft
Embry Riddle Aeronautical Institute (Daytona Beach, FL)
April 14, 2018
ERAU is exploring interfaith leadership in digital spaces. Through the game Minecraft, participants will explore how sacred space informs our religious literacy and our interfaith stories. This gathering will be a mix of in-person and online activities. Anyone is welcome to join the online activities regardless of if they can attend in person.
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
How do we talk with people whose worldviews seem in opposition to our own? Join us to gain skills to create dialogue across different worldviews. The conference will bring students from the Tri-College community to learn and practice dialogue and storytelling skills, analyze case studies, and engage in robust reflection.
Religare: Stories of Hope and InterActive-Faith
Baylor University (Waco, TX)
January 26-27, 2018
This gathering focuses on religious identities and how the narratives of hope and healing can shape and re-shape our culture in positive ways. We will explore the concept of inter(active)-faith and how this it can help us practice civic, intercultural, and interfaith literacy.
Building Interreligious Student Community
Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, IN)
February 2-3, 2018
We aim to mobilize and strengthen our community of Michiana by creating a sustainable interfaith community led by our student leaders. Participants will gain skills in dialogue facilitation, community organizing, and building relationships through storytelling. Educators are also welcome to join to learn best practices in supporting student leaders.
Engaging Across Faiths in a Health Care Setting
Washington State University (Spokane, WA)
February 9-10, 2018
Faith and health care are two very personal issues. At this conference, students and educators will learn how best to navigate relationships across religious difference within health care. Through activities aimed at developing religious literacy and dialogue facilitation skills, participants will gain confidence in their abilities to be interfaith leaders.
Iowa Interfaith Exchange: Emerging Interfaith Leaders
Simpson College/Drake University (Indianola, IA)
February 24-25, 2018
Join Simpson and Drake as we seek to strengthen the Iowa network of interfaith leaders. Participants will explore the intersections of interfaith cooperation and identity, evaluate power differentials, and gain skills to build sustainable interfaith leadership on their campus.
Diverse, Devout, and None: Interfaith Storytelling for a Vibrant Democracy
University of St. Thomas (Saint Paul, MN)
February 23-24, 2018
Join Bethel University, Augsburg College, and the University of St. Thomas to develop storytelling and appreciative listening skills, and explore ways in which stories can address community challenges. Participants will learn to utilize their public narratives to initiate positive change in their community.
Ripple 2018: Healing the World: Interfaith and Social Justice
Elon University (Elon, NC)
February 23-25, 2018
At the third annual Ripple conference, participants will explore their understanding of their faith and worldview practices, develop relationships across difference, and have a greater appreciation for the diversity around us. From there, participants will develop plans to engage their local community to bring about positive change.
Interfaith Community & the Future of American Democracy
Hendrix College (Conway, AR)
February 24, 2018
This 1-day training will focus on the intersection of interfaith cooperation and political advocacy. Participants will leave the training with a deeper understanding of the interreligious landscape of Arkansas and a plan to apply civic engagement to interfaith organizing in their local communities.
Developing Interfaith Leadership in the Intermountain West
Utah Valley University (Orem, UT)
April 20-21, 2018
Students and educators will gather to provide meaningful opportunities for connection, dialogue, and reciprocal learning. Participants will be introduced to interfaith leadership knowledge and skills with an emphasis on religious privilege and how students from minority traditions negotiate their identities and live out their faith and spiritual practices.

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