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Illinois Interfaith Initiatives

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The Illinois Interfaith & Community Service Challenge is a campus-wide service and learning initiative designed to engage students, staff, and community members of diverse religious and non-religious backgrounds in addressing issues of hunger and homelessness in our community while integrating a discussion on inclusion, values, and identity. Built upon a long-standing tradition of student interfaith and faith-based engagement and founded in response to former President Obama's Interfaith & Community Service Campus Challenge. Since 2011, the Illinois Interfaith Challenge has brought together students, staff, faculty, and community/religious workers to create programs and foster collaboration across religious, spiritual, and secular identities on campus.

Since that time, the Illinois Interfaith & Community Service Challenge has hosted:

  • National and local experts on interfaith cooperation and religious literacy
  • Illinois Interfaith Conference held annually in the Spring semester
  • First Tuesday Interfaith Dialogue series, in cooperation with Interfaith in Action student organization
  • Service-learning initiatives to foster common action for the common good
  • Professional trainings for staff and faculty on religious literacy and interfaith leadership

The Illinois Interfaith & Community Service Challenge is a partnership between Interfaith in Action (RSO), Muslim Student Association (RSO), the University of Illinois Diversity & Social Justice Education, University Housing Social Justice & Leadership Education, the University YMCA, Illini Hillel/Cohen Center for Jewish Life, and the Community United Church of Christ.