Building an Interfaith Community and Leadership Seminar

A Seminar Offered Jointly by Andover Newton Theological School and The Pluralism Project at Harvard University
June 1-14, 2012

The Pluralism Project at Harvard University and Andover Newton Theological School are pleased to announce that they are currently accepting applications for an intensive two-week seminar that will take place June 1-14, 2012 in Greater Boston. Through master classes, site visits to local religious communities and analyzing case studies developed by the Pluralism Project, seminar participants will explore the intersection of religious and civic life and reflect on their role as religious leaders in the public square. Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Jewish community leaders will introduce participants to their houses of worship and religious practices as we explore some of the challenges and opportunities that interfaith community-building involves.

The seminar is primarily intended for seminarians and divinity school students; a select group of lay leaders within religious, atheist/secular/humanist, and/or interfaith organizations are also sought for participation in this seminar. These leaders will have the opportunity to share with students and colleagues some of the current challenges their communities face in America’s multi-religious reality and the ways in which they, as individuals and as a community, are engaging with this diversity.

The Building Interfaith Community and Leadership Seminar is offered jointly between Andover-Newton Theological School and The Pluralism Project at Harvard University. The seminar is generously funded by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. The instructors for the course will be Dr. Jennifer Peace, of Andover-Newton Theological School, and Dr. Diana Eck, of the Pluralism Project and Harvard University.

Applicants should be

  • incoming student or currently enrolled in a participating seminary or theological school within the Boston Theological Institute (BTI) OR a member of the clergy, lay leader, and/or interfaith organizer
  • able to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to promoting religious literacy and fostering inter-religious engagement
  • available for and willing to attend the full length of the course (absences for religious observances are permitted)

Applications will be accepted and admissions decisions made on a rolling basis until April 30th. Interested applicants should submit completed applications to and contact the Pluralism Project at 617-496-2481 or by e-mail with any questions.

Download the flyer: [PDF]

Download the application for students: [PDF | Microsoft Word]

Download the application for clergy, lay leaders, and organizers: [Microsoft Word]

Download the preliminary schedule: [PDF]