Global Fellowship for Multifaith and Multicultural Engagement

Meadville Lombard is committed with giving religious leaders the skills and tools to lead in diverse environments. It provides opportunities in which leaders from different cultures and faith traditions articulate their beliefs to those who think in a different way and reflect on how faith traditions influence and transform current issues. Through the Fellowship for Multifaith and Multicultural Engagement, Meadville Lombard, trains religious leaders to drive social change and build peace in diverse environments.


Fellowship Overview
Religious leaders, social leaders, and scholars from different faith traditions and cultures participate in this fellowship program. They work with an American peer and other fellows, and travel to the United States to establish conversations about peace and religion and be part of a multifaith and multicultural immersion. 

Peer Collaboration 
July to November 

Fellows prepare for leadership in the context of their local communities. They meet remotely with an American peer and the other fellows to continue developing tools to collaborate with those who think differently as well as sharing the challenges of leading interfaith and intercultural discussions in their communities.  

Multifaith and Multicultural Immersion
During their time in the United States, fellows participate in a week long retreat in North Carolina and live in Chicago while taking classes in Meadville Lombard. Together, they face challenges of making agreements and building a multifaith/multicultural community by sharing their living spaces, daily duties, as well as engaging in discussions about theology, ethics, and culture. 

Religious Leadeship Training
May to July 
Fellows join Meadville Lombard students in educational activities aiming to create a deeper cultural understanding and grasp abilities to motivate interfaith and intercultural conversations. Through class discussions and group projects, students and Fellows analyze the influence of religion on current events, create ways to promote communities’ positive response to multifaith relations, and strengthen their abilities to serve others based on the values of justice, equity and compassion.
Successful Candidates Wlll Be Able to Demonstrate
    • Experience or strong interest in leading multifaith, multicultural, or religious peacebuilding projects.
    • Sustained commitment with an academic institution, religious organization, NGO, or grassroots organization
    • Ability to effectively articulate his/her religious beliefs and ideas.
    • Interest in learning from a multifaith and multicultural experience.
    • Good verbal and communication skills in English.
    • Willingness to be involved in an intensive interfaith and intercultural immersion. 
Important Dates
  • Application deadline: July 27th 2016
  • Beginning of the U/U Global Conference: September 1st 2016 – readings will be assigned
  • Remote portion of the program: September 1st to December 20th and February 1st to May 30th 2017
  • Time in the United States: January 3rd to January 22th  2017
  • End of the program: May 30th  2017