The mission of the Interreligious Training Consortium is to foster greater understanding and trust between faith leaders from the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions.



We invite you to participate in a rare opportunity to interact and learn from religious trainers from all backgrounds in Jewish, Muslim and Christian relations. You will have the opportunity to spend four days with lead trainers and peers who will open up dialogue within the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions. You will attend informal short seminars on topics that are challenging, significant, and faith based. Participants will attend events in New York City and build relations through service work with groups of disaster relief in New York City. Participants will receive a certificate at the end of the program for their participation and be recognized by the Interreligious Consortium at Manhattan College.


Recognizing that honest inter-religious dialogue can be difficult, we are making a deliberate effort to widen the conversation. The conference will include deep mutual listening on issues where genuine tension exists, work together on practical projects that express values shared by all three traditions, and opportunities for sharing in food, events, and informal conversation.


Criteria: Participant must be a religious leader form Jewish, Christian or Muslim faith. Participant should be well-versed with their own tradition. Participant must commit to the full days of learning and service. Please submit a resume and a letter of interest indicating your interest in participating, what you would like to learn about interreligious training and how would it benefit you and your religious community. Please send all materials to:


Where: Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY When: June 17th to 21st 2019

Lodging, food, events, and transport included.


Please apply by March 15th 2019

If you have any questions, please write to Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi

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