the multifaith alliance is committed to discussion, service and activism
While the old narratives may dominate the headlines - “Different religions can never get along” or “Faith only breeds hatred and mistrust in the world” - at Hamiline's Multifaith Alliance, they start with the question, "WHAT IF?"
What if people of all faiths and traditions came together to do good work? What if Muslims and atheists, Christians and Hindus, Jews and Sikhs, all came together to share our stories and change the world? What if we all chipped in, learned to get along, and helped our communities together?
Multifaith Alliance is committed to interfaith discussion, education, service, and activism.
Exploring sacred and challenging topics, the ALliance strives to improve religious pluralism, understanding, unity, and service.
Free dinner is served before gatherings which is open to individuals of any religious affiliation, spiritual journey, or faith perspective (including none at all).
to see the other side
to defend another people,
not despite your tradition
but because of it,
is the heart of pluralism
SPIN believes that people can remain committed to their own faith tradition and still have active engagement across religious lines, without requiring agreement or attempts to minimize differences.
Committed to working toward the common good, SPIN aims to help members of faith communities gain increased contact with people of other traditions, while deepening faith-based conversations.
SPIN offers programs and events and is hosted by Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul, who serves as it fiscal sponsor. SPIN is a member of the North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) and the Twin Cities Interfaith Network.
ST PAUL INTERFAITH NETWORK
constructive reasoning between beliefs
Secular Bible Study is a joint effort between religious believers and atheists in the Twin Cities to study and discuss the Bible and Religion -- not to engender any specific religious or non-religious view, but to explore their historical context, societal impact and cultural relevance.
SBS invites expert speakers to lecture on particular topics and lead discussions; and facilitates respectful and constructive reasoning dialogues between people of many different (or no) beliefs, providing the opportunity for folks who may deeply disagree to build relationships with one another.
St. Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN) is invites theists and atheists, liberals and conservatives to the Secular Bible Study (SBS), Circle of Ijtihad (COI) & First Minneapolis Circle of Reason (FMCOR) to jointly dialogue with SPIN's "Inter-Belief Conversation Cafe" (ICC).
SECULAR BIBLE STUDY
uniting interfaith leaders and students in meaningful experiences
The Niagara Foundation's Minnesota Chapter strives to promote social cohesion by fostering civic conversations and sustained relationships between people of different cultures and faiths.
Niagara has accumulated a distinguished network of local and global leaders, who are part of the solution for a more peaceful world.
Cultivating an apolitical space, Niagara welcomes conversations and networking. Programs like the Abrahamic Traditions Dinner and Niagara Forums prove how warmth and hospitality are fertile ground for growing dynamic conversations and relationships.
Niagara turns educational opportunities, like Niagara Forums and Turkey trips, into meaningful, lasting opportunities for growth.
Uniting people from different perspectives to cultivate new ideas and partnerships, Niagara has designed a reputable internship program focused on developing the skills needed to compete in a global job market. Similarly, Niagara provides outreach and support to students who are promoting diversity at their universities.
NIAGARA FOUNDATION - MN CHAPTER
we do not need to have unity of faith
to have unity of love
empowering interfaith youth leaders to work together for the common good
The Pluralism Project's local organization is the Interfaith Youth Leadership Coalition (IYLC), founded in 2006. The IYLC is committed to empowering and shaping youth leaders for today as well as building the interfaith leaders of tomorrow. With supervision from IYLC's Director, interfaith teen leaders work together to nurture interfaith understanding, reduce prejudice and misunderstanding, and act together on common values through service and justice to transform their worlds.
Pluralism is not the passive but the energetic engagement with diversity. Where diversity becomes content living within our own religious ghetto - and leaving others to theirs - pluralism is about leaving the ghetto to meet, know and understand those who are different from us. Pluarlism seeks to move past "tolerating differences" to understanding underlying which create stereotype and division.
Contrary to synchretism or relativism, pluralism does not require that we surrender our identity or commitments. Instead, we value our tradition's unique contributions while speaking with and listening to others; learning about their identity, faith-commitments and contributions. "Pluralism involves the commitment to being at the table — with one’s commitments, said Diana Eck during the Gifford Lecture series at the University of Edinburgh.
The empowered IYLC's Youth Leadership Team plans and carries out the majority of the IYLC’s programs, including IYLC’s most popular event, the annual Interfaith Youth Day of Service. The Interfaith Youth Day of Service regularly draws over three hundred local youth to spend a day doing interfaith service work throughout the Twin Cities. The Youth Leadership Team also organizes video projects, interfaith community gardening service events, interfaith teaching sessions for local youth groups and congregations, and workshops to foster leadership skills and training.
IYLC attracts a variety of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Unitarian, Baha’i, and secular youth, as well as school groups who represent a variety of neighborhoods, socioeconomic classes, genders, as well as racial and ethnic backgrounds. IYLC’s programmatic reach extends throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area and its participants reflect the religious and ethnic diversity of the Twin Cities.
The IYLC is a collaborative effort between local and nationally recognized interfaith organizations: The Saint Paul Area Council of Churches, the Interfaith Youth Core, the Search Institute, and the Jewish Community Relations Council.
The Interfaith Youth Leadership Coalition successfully empowers youth leaders to engage with the Twin CIties' diverse population and equips youth to have a now and future impact upon our world.
INTERFAITH YOUTH COALITION
reason is not a tribe
images from THE CIRCLE OF REASON
This ecumenical fellowship welcomes individuals from all backgrounds, political and religious streams. Believing that faith can harmonize with reason, the Circle of Reason (COR) creates local and virtual circles/congregations that are committed to using calm-reason rather than emotion or irrationality as a way to improve individual lives and the world.
A non-profit organization that is not fully aligned with ThreeFaith's focus on the God of Abraham upon whom Jews, Christians, and Muslims are centered, the Circle of Reason (COR) is devoted to fellowship and service to society, in a way that is neither at odds with monotheistic beliefs - and, in some instances may provide a voice of reason in otherwise difficult spaces.
COR practices pluralistic rationalism (plurationalism); which is the practice of factualism instead of denialism in communication, skepticism instead of dogmatism in vetting knowledge, moderationism instead of emotionalism in acting upon knowledge.
Plurationalists believe that all of humanity's varied and often disparate constructed worldviews, are appropriate subjects to derive and vet by reasoning thought and dialogue. Maintaining that rationalism is not a worldview but a lifestyle; COR reminds practioners that "reason is not a tribe."
Thus, one can belong to a religious tribe and practice the disciplines of reason, of plurationalism. Plurtionalism is seen by COR as a way to work together - beyond division - for the common good: vet assumptions, discourage deceptive and emotive acts designed to incite irrationality in others (including ad hominem insults in the public square) and consistently practice a reasoning lifestyle.
CIRCLE OF REASON & THE CIRCLE OF REASON MINNESOTA
a literary platform encouraging communcal interconnectivity
Engage Minnesota hopes to function as a literary platform for Muslim Americans living in Minnesota. One of their primary focuses is geared to countering Islamophobia by featuring the productive lives and works of Muslim Americans shaping their communities.
Because muslims are disproportionately portrayed in the media by trends that encourage susceptibility to extremism, Engage Minnesota hopes to share narratives that establish shared communal interconnecttedness.
Engage Minnesota's efforts include faciliatating lectures, publication of stories of Muslim Americans, helping to organize campaigns against extremism & Islamophobia, and the development of Muslim American Literature, and furtherance of Communal Literacy Programs for Muslim Americans.
interfaith | twin cities - content notes
Threefaiths chooses events and resources based on the organization's desire to build interfaith bridges among the Abrahamic faiths: Jews, Christians, Muslims.
We acknowledge that our own work, as well as that of those listed here, often falls short of God's desire for us; we are open to ways we may continually improve.
We do our best to vet organizations, events and resources that advance intefaith action, communication or education; providing you with a range of possibilities.
Some of these resources and organization will NOT be your cup of tea (they lean too far left or right, are too conservative or liberal, too traditional or modernist).
The organizations and resources listed here are not provided as an endorsement
of all of their views or work, but as an affirmation of their interfaith work within the St. Paul | Minneapolis community.
We're hoping that among the amazing options within our Twin Cities, you will find a great place to be active, share conversation, or expand your interfaith education.
If your event or organization is not yet featured here, and you feel it would be a good match, please let us know. CONTACT THREE FAITHS