Beyond Belief

December 1, 2020  • Institute Staff

The American idea is rooted in a vision of people from all religious and ethnic backgrounds uniting in a single nation. The Institute’s Inclusive America Project embraces this pluralism, in which everyone has the rights, freedoms, and safety to worship, or not, according to their conscience. Yet distrust among and about faith communities is increasing and exacerbating polarization. To combat that, the Inclusive America Project launched a new leadership program, the Powering Pluralism Network, a group of nearly 70 American civic and religious leaders who are as diverse as the nation. One member, Simran Jeet Singh, authored the first children’s book, Fauja Singh Keeps Going, from a major US publisher to center on a Sikh story. Another member, Cheryl Cook, leads Avodah, an organization that trains young Jewish leaders to tackle pressing social and economic issues. This program brings these leaders together across religious traditions to learn, build relationships, and support their work in local communities across the country.