Interfaith in Boston

While 9/11 may have catalyzed interfaith work in some U.S. cities, initiatives to promote inter-religious understanding have been thriving in greater Boston for decades. Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, the “oldest interfaith social justice network” in the Boston area, has been mobilizing congregations and communities, both urban and suburban, around issues of racial and economic injustice since the mid 1960s. YouthLEAD, formerly Interfaith Action, Inc., was a pioneer in engaging young people in the interfaith movement through its youth-led leadership training programs. And across the diverse cities and towns that now comprise Greater Boston, organizations like Weston Wayland Interfaith Action Group work quietly but consistently to bring together local communities. (Read more about these three Boston-based organizations in Promising Practices.) Any portrait of interfaith life in Greater Boston would be incomplete without mention of the impact of more than 50 local colleges and universities, many with their own innovative initiatives: from Northeastern University’s Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service to Hebrew College’s Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership.

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