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Glossary of Interfaith Center Terms
That which benefits an entire community or a value shared by different groups.
The structure of belief, philosophy, teaching, etc. that informs each individual’s worldview, morals, values, ethics and actions in the world.
Something between or of people of different faiths. “Interfaith” is not to be mistaken as a kind of religion or faith; rather it is a term that describes something between different faiths or non-faiths. We understand interfaith to include atheists, agnostics, secularists, etc. or anyone who may be understood as someone who doesn’t have faith.
Engaging across religious and non-religious differences to build meaningful relationships and foster knowledge of other traditions. Interfaith cooperation improves attitudes and increases knowledge around religious and non-religious identity so that people who are different from one another can work together for the common good.
Either someone who has multiple worldview identities (such as a Christian Buddhist or a Pagan Mystic) or a group of people with a variety of worldview identities.
All self-understandings that are not inherently affiliated with a religion. For example, atheist, agnostic, humanist, secular, spiritual but not religious, mystic, unaffiliated, etc.
Active engagement between different religious and non-religious peoples. (For more details, check out
An institution or set of beliefs with an established code of ethics, rules or beliefs generally related to that which is supernatural such as a deity or cosmic system.
We use this term to refer to all self-understandings oriented around a religion. For example, Christian, Pagan, Buddhist, Muslim, etc.
A term used in interfaith dialogue to refer to the aspect of a person’s identity relating to the religious, spiritual, or secular tradition or framework that informs their tenets, values, and meaning making. It is an umbrella term that encompasses both religious and non-religious identities.