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Multi-Faith Neighbors Network
Interfaith Leadership & Religious Literacy
Date Approved

According to the Journal of Democracy, America is seeing increased violence, rising inflammatory rhetoric, and increased polarization, and sadly, religious communities are often in the middle of it. As we approach the 2024 election, this polarization appears to be increasing. Evangelical Christians, in particular, have been identified as part of the problem and are rarely present when engaging with people of other faiths. As an influential Evangelical Pastor, Bob Roberts can convene other Evangelical Pastors and bring them to the table to engage with other faiths. We need to multiply Pastor Bob, Imam Mohamed Magid, and Rabbi David Saperstein, who can work together across religious divides to better our cities and our nation. MFNN has an established track record of bringing clerics together who not only have disagreements but, at times, have irreconcilable differences, and yet build relationships that lead to community engagement. The heartbeat of these efforts is our MFNN Retreats, which involve three days of intensive relationship building, leading to action plans that engage not just clerics but entire congregations. With this grant, we will expand our work into five new cities and impact up to 150 congregations.