We empower young people to have interfaith dialogue and work across religious differences to build community.

We’ll be continuing to update this page soon with more resources and information on various religious and interfaith organizations and the important work they are doing.

Recommended Interfaith Videos

Divisions along religious lines are deepening, and we’re doubting more and more how much we have in common. How can we stand boldly and visibly together? Inspired by an idea from her collaborator Yazmany Arboleda, place-maker Nabila Alibhai and her colleagues created “Colour in Faith,” a social practice art project that unites people of different religions by getting them to paint each other’s houses of worship yellow, in a show of solidarity. “We’ve proven that the human family can come together and send a message far brighter and more powerful than the voices of those that wish to do us harm,” Alibhai says.

Organizations Supporting Interfaith Dialogue and Religious Diversity

National Organizations

ING is a non-profit organization with affiliates and partners around the country that are pursuing peace and countering all forms of bigotry through education and interfaith engagement while working within the framework of the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom and pluralism.

Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) is a national non-profit organization working towards an America where people of different faiths, worldviews, and traditions can bridge differences and find common values to build a shared life together. IFYC works primarily with college students and in higher education.

Colorado

Colorado Interfaith Power and Light seeks to protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard public health and ensure sufficient sustainable energy for all.  They cooperate with many people of faith, climate and faith-based organizations, helping form a statewide network.

Colorado Muslim Speakers Bureau works to counter prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims by teaching about their traditions and contributions in the context of America’s history and cultural diversity.

The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado brings together people of different faiths to drive equality, human rights, and opportunity, with a current focus on the issues of religious liberty (non-discrimination), racial justice and economic justice. The Alliance is an affiliate of the national Interfaith Alliance organization.

Interfaith Bridge Counseling provides low-cost individual counseling and low-cost therapy groups for tweens, teens, and twenty-somethings as well as community programming in Denver. All of their therapeutic services are provided with a focus towards self-identity, spirituality, and multicultural diversity.

MileHi Church has an interfaith ministry aimed at raising conscious awareness by creating conversations and facilitating understanding across religious and cultural traditions through education, outreach, interfaith events and service opportunities.

New Mexico

New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue holds monthly dialogue meetings at houses of worship throughout Albuquerque, usually on the third Thursday afternoon/evening of each month, to facilitate respectful understanding of faith traditions. The group currently focuses on conversations between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

New Mexico Interfaith Power & Light works for climate justice by mobilizing faith communities, faith leaders and people of faith to reduce the causes and consequences of global climate change through inspiration, education, outreach, implementation of sustainable practices and advocating effective climate protection policies. Our core belief is that the active care of the natural world is integral to spiritual life and social justice.

Wyoming

The Wyoming Interfaith Network empowers Wyoming’s faith communities to promote social and environmental justice through prayer, discernment, respectful dialogue, leadership, advocacy, service and study.

YCD Workshops on Religion and Interfaith Dialogue

Below is a sampling of workshops YCD has offered at prior conferences and events around the issues of religion, faith and interfaith dialogue. Click on any workshop title to read more about the session, the presenter, and reviews from our participants.

A Holocaust Survivor Speaks

A Holocaust survivor speaks to a group of students.

A survivor of the Holocaust will share stories about living through a period of time where diversity and respect for others was at its lowest point in human history. Most importantly, participants will understand why we must never forget what happened in the Holocaust.

Addressing Anti-Semitism in Schools and Communities

“The gas chambers at Auschwitz didn’t begin with bricks. They began with words.”

How do insensitive comments, jokes, stereotypes, myths, and vandalism lead to other anti-Semitic incidents and, even further, hate crimes? This interactive session will empower and equip students and other community members with the skills to effectively and constructively respond to anti-Semitic incidents and the stereotypes that are often at the root of such incidents.

Islam and Islamophobia

Reema Wahdan addresses a classroom.

Islamophobia is the discrimination and oppression of Muslims. This workshop will serve as an open forum for students and adults to ask questions freely as they learn some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding the Islamic faith and Muslim people. This session will also help participants understand how xenophobia against any race, religion or ethnicity should not be tolerated.

Making Sense of Challenging Decisions

A student listens to a speaker talk about becoming homeless and how to survive.

We are often faced with choosing between seeming opposites, some not as clear as others. Using whole and small group activities, we will explore what the Hindu text, the Bhagavad Gita, says about moving towards equanimity and mindfulness. Hopefully, this text will give participants concrete take-aways when faced with having to make challenging decisions.

Racism and The New Anti-Semitism

Students listen and learn.

We will use the visual metaphor of an iceberg to how people are usually only aware of the most visible manifestations of racism and anti-Semitism. These acts represent only the tip of the iceberg. By exploring the more subtle and common manifestations of anti-Semitism, participants will better understand the causes and how to address them.

Religious Diversity: Working Together Across Differences

Two members of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado lead a discussion with teenagers on religious diversity.

Join leaders from the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado and learn about how people from all the world’s religions can work together to create a more just and unified world. This participatory workshop will include leaders from a variety of faiths, and together, we will do more than just talk about religions working together—we’ll get to do it.

Search for the Truth: Exploring Religion

A panel of religious representatives speak.

Panel members will discuss why religious communities have more in common than they do differences.  Religious leaders representing major faith communities will participate in this presentation.

The Intersection of Religion, Family and Sexuality

Amber Cantorna speaks with Rev. Amanda Henderson, the Executive Director of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado

YCD and the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado presented a workshop exploring the intersection of religion, family and sexuality. We heard from author Amber Cantorna, the daughter of an executive at Focus on the Family and who came out as a lesbian at age 27, about her experience reconciling her sexuality and spirituality, and then had a dynamic group discussion through Q&A.