Selected Resources

Interfaith Dialogue Resources

Center for Religion and Civic Culture- Foundations of Successful Community Partnership

The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture seeks “to bring academic research and community knowledge together to create a positive impact in society.” Brie Loskota’s article lays out how to build successful relational partnerships in addressing community issues. Loskota provides a template for fostering community partnerships through three phases: personal, mutual, and shared.

The Dialogue Decalogue – Dialogue Institute

Temple University Professor Leonard Swidler defines interreligious dialogue as “a conversation on a common subject between people with differing views undertaken so that they can learn from one another and grow.” Based on this view of dialogue, Professor Swidler developed ten principles for dialogue, the “Dialogue Decalogue.”

Essential Partners

Essential Partners provides dozens of resources for dialogue, organized by topic, sector, content type, and skills. Three especially useful and brief resources for interfaith dialogue include: 11 tips for hard conversations, Outline for a first dialogue, and Reflective Structured Dialogue, a Dialogic Approach to Peacebuilding.

Essentials of Dialogue – Generation Global

Generation Global offers programs and collaborative partnerships with schools “to navigate difference in a peaceful way.” This Essentials of Dialogue resource provides guidance and activities for engaging young people in the practice of dialogue. Each chapter is divided into two sections: theoretical frameworks, and practical classroom activities and ideas for engagement.

Hartford Seminary - Sharing the Well: (Jewish/ Muslim) Guidelines for Dialogue

Sharing the Well is the culmination of the “Judaism and Islam in America” workshops between 2010 and 2012, in which Jewish and Muslim scholars from universities around the United States came together to share their traditions and learn from one another. This resource guide includes: guidelines on beginning and sustaining open and productive interreligious dialogue; essays and discussion questions from Jewish and Muslim religious, academic, and communal leaders that center shared values and traditions; and examples of Jewish-Muslim engagement programs from across the United States.

Harvard Divinity School - Offerings on Interfaith Dialogue

This 2012 publication from Harvard Divinity School is a compilation of reflections, insights, and pitfalls to interfaith dialogue. These offerings came from students, faculty, and staff of the Divinity School. Of particular note is Kerry Maloney’s set of questions to ask when engaging in multireligious/interfaith work so as “to critique not only our progress but also the assumptions and power structures that underlie—and constantly shift beneath—the project itself.”

Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington - Guidelines for Dialogue

This two page resource presents guidelines for interfaith dialogue developed by the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington. These guidelines cover: the purpose of interfaith dialogue, foundational assumptions for entering into interfaith dialogue, the dialogue process, and suggested ground rules for dialogue.

Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston - Dinner Dialogues

This guide from Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston provides an outline for hosting a Dinner Dialogue “to learn about one another’s faith traditions in a respectful format” with a group of 8-12 people at a private home. The guide has concrete suggestions for staffing, a timeline of the event, ground rules, and basic ideas for questions.

The Interfaith Network for the United Kingdom

The Interfaith Network of the United Kingdom offers a variety of dialogue resources. Resources of particular note include: dialogue and difficult issues, which provides guiding questions for hosts concerning the participants, space, timing, and expectations; and practical pointers, a compilation of reflections on interfaith dialogue, examples of successful dialogue formats and activities, and frames for addressing common challenges. These reflections come out of the work of the Interfaith Network and its member bodies.

Interfaith Youth Core

Interfaith Youth Core offers over 100 resources for interfaith dialogue and work, primarily concerning young adults and on-campus interfaith initiatives. Some dialogue resources that are useful across contexts include: Planning an Interfaith Potluck; Finding the Right Structure for Student Groups; Frameworks for Interfaith Conversations; and Talk Better Together.

KAICIID

KAICIID is an intergovernmental organization that facilitates dialogue between different cultures and faiths with a focus on religious leaders and policymakers. Many of their resources focus on development projects and international peace building. Some dialogue resources that are useful across contexts include: The International Fellows Programme Interreligious Dialogue Resource, The Project Integration Through Dialogue Toolkit - Handbook, and Heroes of Dialogue.

Nuns and Nones Organizer Toolkit

This toolkit is an evolving document of stories, models, and tools for community building coming out of Nuns and Nones’ collaborations between “Catholic sisters and spiritually diverse millennials.” Of note in the document are sections on structure and practices for dialogue-centered gatherings, city based case studies, and recommended readings. 

Scarboro Missions

Scarboro Missions is a Catholic Mission that, for over two decades, has focused on interfaith dialogue and action in their work. This resource offers 26 resources for engaging in interfaith dialogue. “The collection explores the goals, types, and stages of dialogue and touches on issues such as interfaith etiquette, listening, peace-building, hospitality, respectful presence and dialogue-versus-debate.”

US Institute of Peace: What Works? Evaluating Interfaith Dialogue Programs

This special report, commissioned by the Religion and Peacemaking initiative of the U.S. Institute of Peace, describes how to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of interfaith dialogue programs. In particular, this report offers a roadmap for measuring and evaluating the success of interfaith dialogue in the context of religious conflict and religious nationalism.

World Interfaith Harmony Week

The “World Interfaith Harmony Week” website compiles resources, articles, and speech transcripts regarding the UN recognized World Interfaith Harmony Week. Resources of particular note include: 200 Dialogue-Related Quotations, and Tool Card for Interfaith Harmony Week.

Interfaith Podcasts

Common KnowledgeCommon Knowledge: A Podcast about Interfaith Literacy 

“In a country more religiously diverse than ever, it is critical for people to understand the vital and inspirational knowledge—the traditions, the values, and the history—of religious and non-religious identities. What is the common knowledge that we all should know? Common Knowledge is a regular podcast featuring interviews and stories from leaders around the interfaith movement focusing on what we call “interfaith literacy”—the knowledge necessary to be a leader in a religiously diverse world.” Episodes include: “The Things That Divide Us” and “The Case for Pluralism in a Divided Democracy.”

 

In Good FaithIn Good Faith

 

“Rev. Dr. Ahriana Platten and a rotating interfaith team address questions about faith, family, and life in the 21st century. They use interfaith dialogue to build recognition, acceptance and interaction among a diverse cross-section of faith traditions.” Episodes include: “In Good Faith: Tolerance vs. Acceptance” and “In Good Faith: Borders.”

 

 

Interfaith-IshInterfaith-ish

“Conversations about what we believe, why we believe, and how we navigate the common ground and differences between our traditions!” Episodes include: “Gathering, Not Othering” and “Small Town America is America.”

 

 

 

 

Interfaith EncountersInterfaith Encounters

 

Consequential conversations with leaders from different faith communities exploring how they are engaging the pressing challenges of today’s world. Dr. Robert Hunt, Director of Global Theological Education at Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University, is your host for this exploration of our multi-faith world.” Episodes include: “Dr. Muhamed Elsanousi - Director of the Network for Traditional and Religious Peacemakers” and “Jill Temple on Classroom Conflict.”

 

Interfaith MattersInterfaith Matters

 

"Interfaith Matters” is an original podcast series from The Interfaith Center of New York that explores the intersection of faith and social justice. Since its launch in 2016, the series has interviewed leaders from many diverse traditions and communities, educating people about the faith practices of their neighbors, and exploring how faith leadership can activate communities to address social justice concerns.” Episodes include: “Inciting Non-Violence: Frank Fredericks on Empowering Young People and Building Peace” and “Religious Literacy in New York Public Schools.”

 

Interfaith VoicesInterfaith Radio/Interfaith Voices

“Interfaith Voices is an independent public radio show fostering interfaith understanding by providing engaging conversation about religion, across many traditions and beliefs. We explore how faith intersects with culture, public policy, and the news of the day.” Episodes include: “How the Media Shapes What We Think About Religious Groups” and “The Critical Role of Faith Communities and Belief in Wellness and Trauma Recovery.”

 

Journeys of Faith with Paula FarisJourneys of Faith with Paula Faris (ABC)

“An intimate look at how some of the world's most influential people lean on faith and spirituality to guide them through the best and worst of times. Hosted by Paula Faris of ABC News and Good Morning America.” Episodes include: “Simran Jeet Singh: "Love Is The End Goal" and “Rabbi Shmuley: "Faith Is The Best Way To Unite People."

 

MultifaithfulMultifaithful

 

“Multifaithful is a podcast about the impact of religious diversity on our religious and spiritual identities. We will explore how people of different religious traditions have experienced spiritual growth through their relationships with people from other faiths, and how multifaith dialogue and engagement is an essential part of life in the 21st century. Whether it be in academics, politics, literature or sports, grappling with religion, spirituality and multifaith experiences will continue to shape who are as individuals and as a society.” Episodes include: “Qalvy Grainzvolt: Diversity in American Buddhism” and “IDEALSism: Quantifying the On-Campus Interfaith Experience.”

ReligicaReligica

“The Religica Theolab Podcast began as part of the Seattle University faculty portfolio of Associate Professor, Dr. Michael Reid Trice. The podcast has interviewed hundreds of influencers from around the world, who provide insights on leadership formation for religious leaders today. The podcast continues its focus upon leadership, community, and the shared common good, through the auspices of the Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement at Seattle University. Episodes include: “Interreligious Dialogue and Partnership” and “Bridging East and West through Intercultural Citizenship.”

SpiritedSpirited

 

“In an increasingly polarized world, Spirited taps into the wisdom of leaders and activists who will help illuminate how spirituality informs action. Hosted by educator, activist and writer Dr. Simran Jeet Singh, this podcast explores life through the perspectives of diverse spiritual thinkers, practitioners and teachers.” Episodes include: “Bridging Divides with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield” and “Manifesting Empathy with Abdul El-Sayed.”