Educating Religious Leaders for a Multi-Religious World
Report: Outcomes and Learning
The final report of the Educating Religious Leaders for a Multi-Religious World project is now available.
Click here to download the report (pdf)
The Parliament of the World’s Religions developed an initiative to explore the importance of interfaith understanding for the curriculum and priorities of our schools. To this end, the Parliament created a Task Force of U.S. Seminaries to highlight the importance of interfaith understanding at the seminary level.
Strong acknowledgment was made concerning the urgency of interfaith engagement and the preparation of a religious leadership equipped with knowledge and understanding of the plurality of faith traditions in the contemporary world. Cultural and intellectual understanding of other religions, along with profound pastoral instincts, are increasingly essential for theological students as well as for those engaged in the academic study and teaching of religion. The very nature of world events today demands that effective religious leadership be able to identify and articulate the influence of religious traditions on these events. Theological seminaries in particular are obligated to equip students for meaningful pastoral practice and leadership of their communities in the midst of this growing diversity.
The 2009 Parliament featured special programming sessions on these topics through the Symposium on Educating Religious Leaders for a Multi-Religious World.
Syllabi for the 2009 Parliament
The following syllabi were used in preparation for the Parliament by participating seminaries.
- Boston Theological Institute
- Candler School of Theology
- Catholic Theological Union
- Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Graduate Theological Union
- Hartford Seminary
- Harvard Divinity School
- Sound Vision Foundation
- Union Theological Seminary
- Vanderbilt Divinity School
- Yale Divinity School
Other Example Syllabi
The following syllabi are from classes that have previously been taught in areas of interfaith study. They represent the type of interfaith education that is essential for our future religious leaders to have in our increasingly pluralistic world.
Hybred With Engaging In Dialogue
Hybred With Interfaith Relations
- S. Wesley Ariarajah: The Challenge Of World Religions To Christian Faith And Practice
- Diana L. Eck: World Religions: Diversity And Dialogue
- Judith Berling And Jeff Richey: Christians And Religious Neighbors
- Robin Jensen And Prof. Ruth Langer: From Diatribe To Dialogue: Studies In The Jewish-Christian Encounter
- Paul Knitter: Christian-Muslim Dialogue
- Paul D. Numrich: Christian Responses To Other Religions
- Paul D. Numrich: Christian-Muslim Relations
- Eboo Patel And Cassie Meyer: Interfaith Action In The World
- Dennis Sasson And Dean Clark Williamson: Dialogue Between Jews And Christians
- Yehezkel Landau: Job and Jonah: Suffering, Repentance, and Spiritual Transformation
- Yehezkel Landau: Pluralistic Monostheism and the Abrahamic Faiths
- Ray Gaston: Presence and Engagement Christianity and Religious Plurality
- Jeffrey Carlson: Buddhist-Christian Dialogue
- Paul Knitter: Dealing With Diversity: Christian And Buddhist Perspectives
Engaging In Dialogue
Theology Of Religions
- S. Wesley Ariarajah: Cross-Cultural Immersion Course To India
- Kirk Jones And Or Rose: Spirituality & Social Justice: Martin Luther King, Jr. & Abraham Joshua Heschel
- Paul Knitter: Dealing With Diversity: Evangelical/Pentecostal And Mainline Perspectives On Religious Pluralism
- Paul Knitter: Religions And Poverty
- Paul D. Numrich: Comparative Study Of Religious Ethics
- Paul D. Numrich: Multi-Religious America