Assessment of "Grass-Roots" Interfaith/Multifaith Activities around the world


The project asks each Chair of the network to report on "grass-roots" interfaith activities in their own cities and/or regions. What have been the best practices? What has been the effect of such activities and practices especially on young people, and on women? We will be asking qualified scholars of culture associated with the Chairs of our network to describe and analyze the effectiveness of these activities, including interfaith services. How successful have interfaith services been? What are the strengths and weaknesses of such practices/services? What efforts are being made to build bridges between religious or spiritual communities and the secular sphere? Is it even necessary to do so? We will publish the results of the information we have received in both written and electronic form.
One grass-roots interfaith activity is the Spiritual Reasoning project (, which brings together Jews, Christians, and Muslims -- as well as those from other spiritual traditions -- to study sacred scripture together in places of worship, homes, and public spaces. In these public spaces, we will be asking outside observers to offer their critical analyses of the project. UNESCO Chairs will analyze and evaluate the efficacy of this project for improving interfaith relations. The Spiritual Reasoning project has been launched in at least two of the countries (the UK and the USA) with Chairs in the UNITWIN network devoted to Interreligious Dialogue for Intercultural Understanding. The UK and USA Chairs will collaborate on this project.

Niveau d’intervention géographique

  • International
  • Local
  • National
  • Régional
  • Sous-régional


  • Promouvoir une connaissance mutuelle de la diversité culturelle, ethnique, linguistique, religieuse
  • Renforcer l'éducation de qualité et le développement de compétences interculturelles

Nom de l’organisation / Entité responsable principale

UNESCO Chair in Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue, and Peace, University of Oregon, United States

10/01/2010 - 31/12/2010