Mission Statement

The ICJS mission:

We build learning communities where religious difference becomes a powerful force for good.


Why is our work both urgent and essential? 
Strife and violence are often ignited by religious differences. We see another way. Our work demonstrates that religious differences can become a powerful force for the good.

How do we achieve our mission?
We go beyond the study of our commonalities to a serious engagement with our religious differences so that people learn to see the world through the eyes of others. We believe that our best selves emerge out of the shared study of our sacred texts, traditions and practices. We welcome difficult questions and invite people into unfamiliar religious ways of thinking.

What is our distinctive approach to meet the challenges of the 21st century?
We build transformational learning communities that are interreligious, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational. We bring together scholars, educators, clergy, seminarians and lay people from the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions, as well as those who are unaffiliated. We engage academic and cultural institutions, government organizations, and the business community to explore the interplay of religious beliefs, values and practices within the public square.

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