Here is a list of readings and resources for those interested in pluralism, interfaith education, and dialogue: 

Interfaith encounter:

  • Eck, Diana L. Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banaras (Boston: Beacon Press, 1993).

“Religion scholar Diana Eck is director of the Pluralism Project, which seeks to map the new religious diversity of the United States, particularly the increasing presence of Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim communities. In this tenth-anniversary edition of Encountering God, Eck shows why dialogue with people of other faiths remains crucial in today's interdependent world--globally, nationally, and even locally. She reveals how her own encounters with other religions have shaped and enlarged her Christian faith toward a bold new Christian pluralism.”
Encountering God, back jacket.

  • Idliby, Ranya, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner. The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew-- Three Women Search for Understanding (New York: Atria Books, 2006).

“Ranya Idliby is a Palestinian Muslim; Suzanne Oliver, an ex-Catholic now in the Episcopal Church; and Priscilla Warner is Jewish. Initially, the idea behind establishing a faith club was simple--the three women would collaborate on an interfaith children's book emphasizing the connections among Judaism, Christianity, and Islam that would reinforce the common heritage the three religions share. In post-9/11 America, however, real life began getting in the way. Almost from the start, differences that culminated in conflict emerged; at one point, the tension even jeopardized the project altogether…”
– June Sawyers, Booklist review, Oct. 3, 2006.

  • Patel, Eboo. Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America (Boston: Beacon Press, 2012).

Eboo Patel, an acclaimed Muslim thought leader and speaker on a variety of interfaith issues, writes about religious pluralism in a post-9/11 American culture. He grounds his book in an exploration of American interfaith leaders, ranging from George Washington to Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Peace, Jennifer Howe, Or N. Rose, and Gregory Mobley, eds. My Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2012).

This compilation brings together fifty-three personal reflections about people meeting and engaging with members of other religions. The book includes stories written by Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and atheist writers, with reflections ranging from personal to scholarly to philosophical.

  • Putnam, Robert D. and David E. Campbell. American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us. (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2010).

“This massive book eschews the narrow, monographic approach to sociological study in favor of an older, more useful model: the sweeping chronicle of national change over time. ... The bulk of the book explores in detail cultural developments--the boom of evangelicals in the 1970s and 1980s, largely concluded in the early 1990s; the rise of feminism in the pews; the liberalization of attitudes about premarital sex and homosexuality, especially among the youngest generations; and what may prove to be the most seismic shift of all: the dramatic increase of "nones," or people claiming no institutional religious affiliation…”
– Publishers’ Weekly Review, Oct. 5, 2010.

Multi-faith communities in Higher Education:

  • Borsch, Frederick Houk. Keeping Faith at Princeton: A Brief History of Religious Pluralism at Princeton and Other Universities. (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2012).

Borsch traces the interplay of religion and education in the history of Princeton University. He follows the transformation of American campuses from all-male, all-white, Protestant student bodies to the multi-faith, multicultural, and gender-inclusive institutions today. Borsch guides readers through decades of change and progress over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

  • Kazanjian, Victor J. and Peter L. Laurence, eds. Education as Transformation: Religious Pluralisms, Spirituality, and a New Vision for Higher Education in America. (New York: P. Lang, 2000).

This collection of essays explores the role of religious pluralism and spirituality in higher education. Written by educators in a variety of fields, including deans, professors, administrators, and chaplains, the essays in this volume seek to “combine head and heart” into a new model of pluralistic education.

  • Nash, Robert J. Religious Pluralism in the Academy: Opening the Dialogue. (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2001).

Nash argues for better and more courageous dialogue about multi-faith issues across all levels of higher education.

A program examining the challenges and opportunities for interfaith chaplains in higher education.

Other resources for creating multi-faith spaces on campuses:

A collaboration between architect Karla Johnson, Brandeis Professor Wendy Cadge, and Wellesley Professor Alice T. Friedman. This project brings together research, resources, and acclaimed thinkers to help improve the accessibility and success of multi-faith spaces on college campuses.

Profs. Wendy Cadge and Alice Friedman partner with Boston-based photographer Randall Armor to capture immages from some of the area's most diverse, beautiful, and hidden sacred spaces. 

This is a collection of reflections by students, staff, and faculty of Harvard Divinity School. The writers share some of the joys and challenges of living, teaching, and studying in an interfaith environment.


Interfaith Programs, Resources, and Organizations: 

A joint project by Hebrew College and Andover-Newton Theological Seminary.
“CIRCLE is part of a growing national and international conversation about the field of inter-religious studies and the role of interfaith engagement in religious education and leadership.”

The Global Interfaith Movement Description: The Parliament of the World's Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

“The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) is a broad-based organization that works to coalesce, train, and organize the communities of Greater Boston across religious, racial, ethnic, class, and neighborhood lines for the public good. Our primary goal is to develop local leadership and organized power to fight for social justice.”

“Groundswell is a growing online community of more than 200,000 people who believe faith can be a force for good in the world. We offer tools and training for organizing online, and share the best faithful justice content on the Web daily.”

“The IAF partners with religious congregations and civic organizations at the local level to build broad-based organizing projects, which create new capacity in a community for leadership development, citizen-led action and relationships across the lines that often divide our communities.” V

“Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism.”

“Interfaith Power & Light is mobilizing a religious response to global warming. The mission of Interfaith Power & Light is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.”

“Interfaith Worker Justice has been a leader in the fight for economic and worker justice in the United States since 1996.”

“We believe that American college students, supported by their campuses, can be the interfaith leaders needed to make religion a bridge and not a barrier.” Through IFYC programming, student leaders become forces for dialogue, understanding, and change on college campuses around the country.

“The International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) serves on behalf of, and as an instrument of, its constituent member organizations to maintain and develop relations with the Vatican’s Commission on Religious Relations with the Jews, the Orthodox Christian Church, the World Council of Churches, and other international religious bodies.”


"The Massachusetts Council of Churches is a network of individuals, congregations and denominations convinced that what binds us together in Christ is stronger than what divides us. ... With Christians across the Commonwealth, we work together for a vibrant, hopeful witness of our oneness in Christ in our local churches, on Beacon Hill and with our neighbors of other faiths."


The Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center at Hebrew College promotes interreligious and cross-cultural initiatives and partnerships. The Miller Center's staff and affiliated faculty work in four interrelated areas of education and leadership development: graduate education, adult education, publications, and professional development.


“The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) is a human relations organization that promotes inclusion and acceptance by providing education and advocacy while building communities that are respectful and just for all.”

“Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has been a leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States. The 38 NCC member communions — from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches — include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.”

“NAIN builds communication and mutual understanding among interfaith organizations and diverse religious groups throughout North America. Without infringing on the effort of existing organizations, NAIN facilitates the networking possibilities of these organizations and encourages cooperative interaction based on serving the needs and promoting the aspirations of all member groups.”

“PICO is a national network of faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban and rural communities.”

A Project of Harvard Divinity School
“Our mission is to help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources.”

“Religions for Peace USA gathers representatives from the religious communities in the U.S.; promotes multireligious cooperation for peace and justice; builds on the spiritual, human, and institutional resources of its communities; enhances mutual understanding; and acts for the common good.”

“The purpose of the United Religions Initiative is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings.”

“The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the scriptures, and therefore seek to fulfil together their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is a community of churches on the way to visible unity in one faith and one eucharistic fellowship, expressed in worship and in common life in Christ. It seeks to advance towards this unity, as Jesus prayed for his followers, "so that the world may believe" (John 17:21).”

“The World Council of Religious Leaders, an independent body, works to bring religious resources to support the work of the United Nations in our common quest for peace.”


Academic and Popular Journals:

“The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies is a forum for academic, social, and timely issues affecting religious communities around the world. Published online, it is designed to increase both the quality and frequency of interchanges between religious groups and their leaders and scholars. By fostering communication, the Journal hopes to contribute to a more tolerant, pluralistic society.”

The Journal of Comparative Theology is a scholarly online publication, whose articles “seek to understand a particular faith in theological dialogue with one or more other religious traditions.” Three graduate students at Harvard Divinity School established the journal in 2009.

"Tikkun is a bi-monthly magazine that brings together progressive religious and secular voices to discuss social transformation and strategies for political and economic democratization. In 1986, Tikkun was founded as a progressive Jewish magazine, but it has expanded to include Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Wiccan, secular humanist, and agnostic/atheist voices, and is  'dedicated to healing and transforming the world.'"

Boston Theological Institute