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Congregational Leaders Fellowship

Mutually sharing religious difference, the Congregational Leaders Fellowship brings together clergy and lay leaders from mosques, synagogues and Christian congregations to learn about each others’ traditions and explore how each tradition strives to brings about a sense of belonging and flourishing for all people.

Building Interreligious Communities

Is your congregation looking for a way to deepen its interreligious understanding and capacity for interreligious dialogue? Do you want to build relationships with other religious communities?

If so, consider the Congregational Leaders Fellowship.

At a time of polarization and partisanship, we need to cross divides between communities—even our own religious communities. Now more than ever, we need religious leaders (both clergy and lay leaders) who are willing to engage and mobilize across religious divides.

The Congregational Leaders Fellowship (CLF) is a 6-month cohort experience for leaders from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish congregations to build understanding and relationships across those divides. Fellows learn about each other’s religious traditions, discuss the foundations of interreligious work, and collaborate on an intercongregational project.  

The fellowship is directed by Christine Krieger with support and instruction provided by ICJS scholars.

The next fellowship cohort will begin in January 2024.

Commitments & Expectations

ICJS Commitments

  • Create space for learning and dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims 
  • Support fellows in strengthening interreligious understanding within your own religious community;
  • Foster relationships between diverse religious communities;
  • Provide a Congregational Stipend ($2,000) for completing all fellowship commitments.

Fellow Commitments

  • Attend 8 out of 10 cohort gatherings (half will be in-person, half virtual)
  • Attend half-day retreat (in-person) 
  • Attend 2 religious services with congregations of faiths other than your own
  • Attend 1 correlated learning experience (e.g., ICJS courses or events, community events with other congregations, Interfaith webinars, field trips to religious sites) 
  • Write a reflection essay for ICJS “Voices” column
  • Complete intercongregational, interreligious project and present summary to the cohort 

Congregational Leaders Fellowship Rosters