Full course description

Course Date:

Feb 26 - Apr 29, 2018


8 weeks


4 hrs/week



Course Type:





The world today requires interfaith leaders, and this course offers a comprehensive and academically rigorous examination of this concept. This eight-lesson course covers an array of topics, beginning with fundamental questions around religious identity and moving on to building blocks of social theory, pluralism, and religious literacy. Students will explore some of the history of interfaith cooperation in the United States, learn skills such as dialogue facilitation, and be able to better recognize and address issues of religious difference and its impact on everyday life, including in several professional sectors such as business, medicine, and education.


Upon completion of all eight lessons in this course you will be able to:

  • Define interfaith leadership.
  • Identify leaders of interfaith cooperation.
  • Articulate your own interfaith experiences and compare them with others.
  • Explain key moments in the history of interfaith cooperation in American history.
  • Begin to develop your own theology¬†or ethic of interfaith cooperation.
  • Assess the concept of appreciative knowledge in relation to interfaith leadership.

Target Audience: Life-long learners, those looking for professional development oppurtunities, those working in ministry and other interfaith settings, instructors and administrators in educational settings.

Dominican University and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) have built an eight-lesson curriculum exploring the fundamentals of Interfaith Leadership through generous funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Course is offered by Dominican University and Interfaith Youth Core.

Course Instructors

Rachel Hart Winter

Rachel Hart Winter


Rachel Hart Winter, PhD is a theologian who specializes in Christian ethics, focusing on health care ethics, environmental justice, and interfaith relationships. She is the director of the St. Catherine of Siena Center at Dominican University, a Center that creates programs around the intersection of church and society. Along with directing the Center, she teaches in the theology department and is a member of the Interfaith Cooperation Committee at Dominican University.

Aaron Hollander

Aaron Hollander

Adjunct Professor of Interfaith Studies

Aaron Hollander is an Adjunct Professor of Interfaith Studies at Dominican University, and a Doctoral Candidate in Theology at the University of Chicago. He was a 2016-17 Martin Marty Fellow in Religion and Public Engagement, and a 2015-16 Fulbright Fellow in Religion & Theology (Cyprus). He holds a M.Phil in Ecumenical Studies from Trinity College, Dublin, and he has been a staff member and participant in numerous interfaith gatherings, including the 2015 Parliament of World Religions in Salt Lake City.