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  • Interfaith Leadership Forum

    The Interfaith Leadership Forum aims to promote pluralism by convening leaders of various religious, ethnic, racial, cultural and gender backgrounds to exchange ideas and generate an action-oriented agenda. It provides a venue where a diverse group of community leaders, scholars, clergy and public officials can engage in in-depth discussions on shared values and explore ways to harness them for social action. ILF is open to all individuals who are interested in advancing their interfaith literacy and serving the community as interfaith mobilizers in their professional or individual capacities.

    The ILF seeks to strengthen interfaith relationships, literacy, and leadership by:

    • Equipping one another with various models of dialogue with distinct ends
    • Experiencing deeper levels of interfaith encounter and dialogue
    • Strengthening literacy about other’s faiths and about one’s own
    • Overcoming prejudices and misconceptions about other faiths
    • Eliciting social action through interfaith engagement


    October 2020: Inaugural Event – From Interfaith Encounter to Engagement

    The inaugural event of the new Interfaith Leadership Forum explored how to deepen interfaith work in religious communities, professional life, and our culture. Topics and workshops for the event included:

    • Stories of Interfaith Dialogue
    • Tackling Prejudices
    • Learning from Differences
    • Engaging a Racialized Society, and
    • The Life Cycle of Dialogue


    • Ibrahim A. Anli, Executive Director, The Rumi Forum
    • Ann Delorey, Program Director, Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington
    • Dr. Beverly Goines, Assistant Pastor, National City Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Washington, D.C.; Associate Director, Disciples Center for Public Witness; Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Theology & Religious Studies, Georgetown University
    • Dr. Ori Z. Soltes, Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
    • Dr. Pim (Wilhelmus) Valkenberg, Ordinary Professor of Religion and Culture, The Catholic University of America
    • Moderator: Dr. Larry Golemon, Executive Director, Washington Theological Consortium