In 2009, ten religious leaders came together to form an interfaith organization committed to publicly modeling respectful dialogue on controversial social issues, and committed to the search for solutions on which we might agree. Each year the group selects one study topic. Past year-long study topics include Immigration Reform, Islamophobia and Gun Violence.
Through special speakers and the sharing of selected readings and discussion, members gain an in-depth understanding of various sides in the debate. When possible, they produce a position statement reflecting shared values and ideas. The final step is to carry out some kind of public action that will foster respectful discussion in the wider community.
Members have included representatives from these religious bodies: American Baptist Church, Episcopal Church, USA, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Greek Orthodox Church, Muslim’s Community Center of South Dakota, Presbyterian Church, USA, Roman Catholic Church, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, and Union of Reform Judaism.