Interfaith Groups: Making a Difference in a World of Difference

We live in an increasingly diverse world.  Cultures, religions, and traditions can engender conflicts that divide us. Or we can thrive on the other side of difference, enjoying a more secure and peaceful world.  By understanding the perspectives of others and learning the multidisciplinary skills of resilience — including listening and dialogue — we gain deeper awareness beyond the rhetoric of politics and power. We connect to the lives of others, both near and far, and discover how their hopes and dreams are so similar to our own.  

The Brookfield Institute equips communities to participate in and facilitate interfaith education, encounter, and engagement.  In collaboration with our interfaith partners, we have developed and facilitated interfaith programs including:

  • “Sensitivities and Tools for Interfaith Dialogue,” Inviting Dialogue Conference, Clark University, Worcester, MA, 2010
  • “Building Abrahamic Partnerships,” Annual Conference of Chaplains, Canadian Armed Forces, Ottawa, Canada, 2012
  • “Making a Difference in a World of Difference,” Community program in collaboration with Christ’s Church, Saxtons River, VT, 2013-2014
  • “Sharing Our Spiritual Treasures--Creating A Community Of Communities,” Hochberg Holocaust and Human Rights Committee, Willimantic, CT, 2014

Through its interfaith programs, the Institute offers opportunities to educate, encounter and engage including:

Living in a World of Difference:  Interfaith Faith Formation Experiences

Opportunities for Christian teenagers and adults to reflect on their own faith as they encounter Judaism and Islam and explore Jewish and Muslim sacred spaces. Download a sample program brochure.

Can We Talk?  An Invitation to Dialogue...

As American citizens and members of our local and global communities, it is becoming essential to understand the perspectives of our brothers and sisters from other cultures, traditions and faiths.   Tensions that divide us produce more polemic and polarization. "Can We Talk?" programs invite participants to engage in the kind of dialogue that leads to listening and learning, greater understanding, stronger relationships, and the ability to live peacefully together.   An overview of our approach.

For more information about the interfaith engagement programs of the Brookfield Institute contact Karen Nell Smith

Our friend Abdullah Antepli was interview for a fascinating Q&A for Christian Century. Read it here.

Click here for helpful Guidelines for Productive Interfaith Dialogue adapted for Hartford Seminary’s Building Abrahamic Partnerships Program by Institute partner, Yehezkel Landau, and Program Director, Karen Nell Smith, published in a recent Huffington Post article. 

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To learn more about our colleagues in interfaith engagement:

Building Abrahmic Partnerships Program, Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT 

Daughters of Abraham:  Women’s Interfaith Book Group