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date: 06 March 2021

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This chapter explores “interfaith leadership,” a framework for religious peacebuilding across lines of religious diversity. Drawing on the example of Martin Luther King Jr., it articulates a constructive theory of interfaith leadership and reflects on its application, particularly in the current climate of religious diversity within the United States. The chapter considers the possibility of a movement or critical mass of individuals committed to building “religious pluralism,” and focuses on young people as potential agents of such social change. The authors write from their location as interfaith practitioners, working for the Chicago-based nonprofit Interfaith Youth Core, which focuses on building religious pluralism on American college and university campuses; here they seek to put this work in conversation with relevant peacebuilding literature.

Keywords: interfaith leadership, religious peacebuilding, Martin Luther King Jr., religious diversity, Interfaith Youth Core, religious pluralism

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