Interfaith Leadership Training

SPIN Interfaith Leadership Training

Tuesday and Thursday, August 9 and 11, 2016
6 p.m. Gather | 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. Training
August 9 at Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul
August 11 at Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul, 1671 Summit Avenue, St. Paul

For: Clergy, religious leaders, lay leaders/members/participants in faith communities interested in understanding the interfaith landscape, interfaith relationship building and dialogue, and in helping their congregations create an impactful interfaith event.

These sessions will involve both theory and practices and will focus on several aspects of interfaith work including:

  • Rationale, theology, landscape and practice of interfaith relations in the Twin Cities
  • Dialogue and networking skills and methods for congregations/religious communities
  • Interfaith program design—objectives, methods, resources
  • Practice planning various types of interfaith events, activities, relationship-building and/or projects

During this event you will learn:

  • How different religious communities relate while emphasizing the importance of listening, understanding and building trusting, respectful relationships with members of different traditions.
  • Skills and methods in executing an effective dialogue about topics that affect the interfaith community.
  • Step-by-step instruction on how to build an effective team, create an event that reaches your interfaith goals and reaches a wide audience.

This training is led by Kim Olstad and Tom Duke, both long time leaders of the Saint Paul Interfaith Network with extensive work in inter- and intra-faith dialogue and programming. These sessions are a pilot of training to be offered later and are therefore being offered at no cost. Contributions are welcome, and can be online here.

The training is being offered in two sessions:

  • Tuesday, August 9 will include an overview of interfaith work—rationale, types, methods, interfaith organizations, and the interfaith landscape.
  • Thursday, August 11 will involve an interactive “learning lab” on planning of interfaith activities as well as identifying various objectives, methods and resources.

Participants may register for either session, or both. Register here by August 4. For more information, email