What are the goals and objectives of Interfaith Leadership Certificate?

To gain religious and cultural fluency to better understand and work with diverse faith communities in contexts like the workplace, socially and beyond. Our goal is to spark lifelong curiosity and respect for religious diversity.

Fig. 1 Types of interfaith dialogue (Stanley Samartha):

  • Dialogue of experts
  • Dialogue of experience
  • Dialogue of life
  • Dialogue of action
Fig. 1 Types of interfaith dialogue (Stanley Samartha)

Schedule

Session 1: Dialogue of Experts

Tuesday, October 29, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Learn about the texts and doctrines of various faiths, centering the discussion on interfaith cooperation from a theological perspective

Session 2: Dialogue of Experience

Date: TBA

Learn from diverse faith communities through a day of interactive workshops at various sites in Toronto. Transportation will be provided.

Session 3: Dialogue of Life

Tuesday, November 12, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Engage in discussions and activities that explore questions of how faith communities share values, perspectives and purpose in regards to social action and justice. Explore how these commonalities can bring groups together to work towards a shared goal.

Session 4: Dialogue of Action

Tuesday, November 19, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Participate in an action-oriented activity that will require you to cooperate and address a real social need through action rooted in social justice. This culminating activity will result in an actual project that is carried out in the community during the winter term.

Winter Term Reading Week, Feb. 17-21

Community-based projects will be done in collaboration with the Centre for Community Partnerships where Community Engaged Learning is defined as a community-based learning experience where:

Students are active participants in creating knowledge. Learning happens through reflection on experiences. Students develop skills that traditional classroom settings don’t allow for. Students gain deeper knowledge and insights on complex social issues. Community projects and placements are created by community partners.

Registration

Email multi.faith@utoronto.ca to register.