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Bethune-Cookman University
Interfaith Leadership & Religious Literacy

InterFaithfully Forward gives special attention to African-American interfaith efforts and to the particular issues of the Black community regarding religious diversity. This project addresses the problem that the Interfaith movement in America has appeared to be a largely white phenomenon with little attention given to black interfaith efforts and with very few resources available for teaching Black college students. Through interfaith leadership training, lectures, and special dinner and dialogue programs, InterFaithfully Forward aims to increase religious literacy and interfaith leadership skills among a cohort of students, faculty, and staff at Bethune-Cookman University, a Historically Black University (HBCU). The program will provide lectures and dialoge opportunities to improve religious literacy among community leaders in Central Florida. The most far-reaching aim of the project is to bring contemporary Black interfaith leaders and scholars to the foreground and make their contributions available to institutions, particularly HBCUs, across the country. Teaching materials and webinars generated by the project will assist these other institutions in their own interfaith efforts.