National Interfaith Organizations
The Charter for Compassion "...is a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national difference. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter inspires worldwide community-based acts of compassion." Read the Charter, watch videos, and commit to the Charter.
In 1991, the Pluralism Project at Harvard University began a pioneering study of America's changing religious landscape. Through an expanding network of affiliates, they document the contours of our multi-religious society, explore new forms of interfaith engagement, study the impact of religious diversity in civic life, and contextualize these findings within a global framework. Please visit The Pluralism Project site here.
Michigan Interfaith Power & Light holds the mission of supporting Michigan faith communities in becoming better stewards of the earth by promoting and implementing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and related sustainable practices through education, advocacy, and action. Located in Southeast Michigan. Please visit the Michigan Interfaith Power & Light site here.
Interfaith Youth Core is a Chicago-based, national organization that empowers and educates universities to promote interfaith cooperation. Founded in 2002 by Eboo Patel, author of Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground, IFYC is one of the largest interfaith organizations in the country, and has hundreds of alumni from their program (including Kaufman's own, Katie Gordon!). One of their notable programs is the Better Together project, where college groups engage in interfaith service to promote religious understanding and respect. Please visit the Interfaith Youth Core site here.
Since 2010, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has joined with 27 other national faith-based, interfaith, and religious organizations to form the Shoulder-to-Shoulder Campaign to address anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States. Through Shoulder-to-Shoulder, Jewish, Christian, and interfaith organizations stand in interfaith solidarity with American Muslims to uphold the freedoms on which Americans of all faiths depend.
Troubled by the rise of increasingly polarizing religious rhetoric in America, the Justice and Society Program undertook to examine the issue in March 2011 at a day-long conference, "America the Inclusive," in partnership with Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core. Encouraged by the high level of enthusiasm exhibited by participants in the initial conference, the Justice and Society Program launched the Inclusive America Project (IAP), a high-level nonpartisan project focusing on five key sectors: youth development organizations, higher education, media, religiously affiliated organizations, and government agencies.