America’s Interfaith Infrastructure: An Emerging Landscape


For twenty years, the Pluralism Project has followed the development of America’s fast-changing religious landscape and studied new forms of civic and interfaith relationships. The events of 9/11 demonstrated the importance of interfaith groups already formed; in the ensuing decade we have witnessed the growth of hundreds of new interfaith initiatives. Given this rapid expansion, what we might describe as the “interfaith infrastructure” is emerging in real-time, providing an innovative context for the kind of engagement we describe as “pluralism.”

In 2011, we embarked on a pilot study, funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, to look closely at interfaith efforts in twenty cities across the United States. Read the full pilot report here. In the years since the initial pilot, we have continued to work towards our larger goal—to document and resource the interfaith movement in America—by adding additional promising practices, leadership profiles, and case studies.

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