International Interfaith Organizations and Websites

Below is a list of international interfaith organizations and websites.

The Cambridge Inter-faith Programme

http://www.interfaith.cam.ac.uk/

The Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme was born in 2002 with the aim of bringing the resources of the Faculty of Divinity, and the University of Cambridge more generally, to bear on questions about the relationship between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

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The Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme was born in 2002 with the aim of bringing the resources of the Faculty of Divinity, and the University of Cambridge more generally, to bear on questions about the relationship between Jews, Christians and Muslims.  

The Programme was established to pursue research and public education projects that would:

  • bring together Jewish, Christian and Muslim participants, and others;
  • be responsible to the religious communities, to society more generally, and to the academic disciplines;
  • embed long-term inter-faith learning, collaboration and collegiality into Cambridge University and other institutions; and
  • emphasize face to face discussion and joint study and research, including study of each others scriptures.

In 2005, CIP embarked on a three-year feasibility study, supported by Coexist, which resulted in affirmation of CIP and by the General Board of the University of Cambridge in 2008. The Board fully endorsed "a long term inter-faith program incorporating first class research and teaching activity as well as a significant element of public education and outreach".

In 2008, CIP was named a flagship project of the University’s 800th Anniversary Campaign.

From its inception until 2011, CIP was part of CARTS, the Centre for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies.  CIP was housed in a suite of rooms in the CARTS wing of the Faculty, and all its activities were encouraged and overseen by the CARTS Management Committee.  Successive directors of CARTS played a strong role in guiding and supporting CIP's developments.

With the support of valued partners and benefactors, CIP continues to go from strength to strength.

CIP consultants

Since it's inception CIP has appreciated the support and advice of these advisors in the world of inter-faith scholarship.

Woolf Institute

http://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/

The Woolf Institute is a global leader in the academic study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims. Established in Cambridge (UK) in 1998, with close links to the city's famous University, the Institute is recognized around the world for the excellence of its researchteaching, policy and public education programmes. The aim of our work is to connect the multidisciplinary study of relations with broader practical and theoretical questions, including the importance of trust in everyday life, the role of religion in international diplomacy, and improving end of life care in local hospices. We strive, in our research and outreach, to demonstrate how greater understanding of commonality and difference can inform and enhance the wider public good.

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The purpose of the Woolf Institute is to serve the public good. The Institute studies how relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims can enhance our understanding of key concepts of public life: community and identity, mutual respect, personal responsibility, and social solidarity. Combining theology with the social sciences and the humanities, the Woolf Institute seeks to strengthen the ethical framework that is needed for our political, economic and social life.

Our teaching and research examines common purpose and points of difference between Jews, Christians and Muslims from a multidisciplinary perspective. We work all over the world, including the Middle East, North Africa and the United States. In addition to the pursuit of knowledge, the Woolf Institute designs public education programmes aimed at improving public and voluntary sector services and linking difference with the broader sustainability of communities.  

As an independent institute working closely with the University of Cambridge, we have the expertise and flexibility necessary to combine theory, research and practice while offering world-class scholarship in a rich learning environment.

The Institute is named in honour of Lord Harry Woolf, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, and was founded by Dr Edward Kessler MBE, described by the Times Higher Education Supplement as ‘probably the most prolific figure in interfaith academia’.