For many a year I was an “Interfaith” chaplain working for an “Interfaith” nonprofit partnering with an “Interfaith” council. As I emerged from faith myself while continuing the work, the term “Interfaith” (or inter-religious, multi-faith, etc) seemed too restrictive. Several “Interfaith” organizations did include secular representatives (I was one), and these organizations at least expand cooperative coalitions beyond “Ecumenical” (a Christian word for Christian cooperatives). Yet holding to any term that is strictly faith-oriented seems outdated now.
So, I was pleased to see this statement from the Interfaith Youth Core based out of Chicago. At least they are re-defining and expanding the meaning of “interfaith”:
“IFYC is a national non-profit working towards an America where people of different faiths, worldviews, and traditions can bridge differences and find common values to build a shared life together.”
Maybe this is a step in the direction I’m looking for.
Inter-Worldview might be a more constructive rubric offering direction to a progressive movement forward that includes faith perspectives as well as humanistic viewpoints.
What would you suggest?