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Interfaith Youth Core
Interfaith Leadership & Religious Literacy
Date Approved

The forces of polarization are active in our national life. Religious identity is often used as a force of division or even to justify violence. However, research proves that religious identity can be leveraged as a bridge across difference, bringing communities together. IFYC proposes a partnership with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) to engage in this crucial work. These campuses are key civic institutions that take religion seriously but are cautious about religious pluralism. Given the importance of this national moment and some prior work with CCCU members, the time is right to advance religious pluralism and interfaith leadership across the CCCU network.  IFYC proposes a partnership with CCCU to make the case for interfaith engagement and leadership in this network and support 12 campuses in developing sustainable religious interfaith initiatives. We would hold 3 convenings of influential network leaders; award grants and consult on campus projects; and create and disseminate resources to support this work. These efforts will result in long-term impact to the CCCU ecosystem, including new programs, collaborations, intellectual resources, and an increased commitment to interfaith cooperation and leadership.