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

Claire Noonan

Claire Noonan


Claire Noonan, DMin, is a practical theologian who brings more than two decades of experience in university ministry, adult faith formation, and social justice education to her work as Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Dominican University. Read More.

At Dominican University, she chairs the Interfaith Cooperation Committee of the Faculty Collegium. The committee's mission "advances Dominican University’s mission by engaging diverse religious, spiritual, and value-based worldviews through study, contemplation, dialogue, and cooperation in order to create a supportive interfaith environment and prepare our community for global citizenship."

Dr. Noonan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Religion. She earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and her Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry degree at Catholic Theological Union with a concentration in spirituality. She is a published author and frequent speaker at local and national gatherings, addressing topics such as the interfaith education, vocation, faith development of young adults, and the spiritual life of women. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Oak Park River Forest Community of Congregations.

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. Read More.

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.