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Emerging Religious Leaders Course

ICJS and the Washington Theological Consortium have partnered to offer an immersive study experience that brings together religious leaders in training from across traditions to discover new models of collaborative learning. 

Since 2013, Christian seminarians and Jewish rabbinical students have studied and lived together for four days of textual study and conversation in the Emerging Religious Leaders Course.

Students are exposed to the commonalities of our traditions; but, more importantly, they focus on the particular ways our respective communities read, interpret, and embody their traditions. As a result, students can examine the roots of religious conflict and discover the promise of new models of collaborative learning.

In 2022, the Emerging Religious Leaders Course will broaden its focus, initiating a one-week intensive course in Muslim-Christian dialogue.

Participants will be emerging Muslim religious leaders who attend Islamic seminaries and learning institutions in the United States and emerging Christian leaders who attend seminary at one of the member institutions  of  the Washington Theological Consortium.

Registration for this program is only available through participating institutions. For general questions about this program, contact

2022 Teaching Faculty: 

We’re getting to know people on a deeper level. We study each other’s texts, and we can ask each other questions. And, we have time to listen and reflect about these questions.

Leslie Krauland

Wesley Theological Seminary, ERL 2019 participant

As a future rabbi, I believe it’s my responsibility to know the role that faith plays in my congregants’ communities. And for almost all congregants, their communities include Christians and Christian influences. Emerging Religious Leaders was also a great fit because the best interfaith learning comes from relationships and conversations.

Sarah Brammer-Shlay

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, ERL 2018 participant