Two weeks ago, about 75 leaders and stakeholders of the emerging interfaith youth movement gathered at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in an event co-organized by my organization, the Interfaith Youth Core, to discuss the shape and future of what we are about.
The core idea of our movement is simple: Religious diversity can either unite us or divide us, and the direction we go on this key issue will be largely determined by young people.
There are at least five intersecting trends which create the context for the interfaith youth movement.
1) The youth bulge
2) The religious revival
3) The breakdown in traditional socio-economic patterns
4) The increased frequency and intensity of interaction between people from different backgrounds
5) The growth in numbers and power of civil society forces
One of the remarkable things about the gathering at USIP was the diversity of stakeholders represented.