ISNA’s Interfaith Partners
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) works with numerous religious, faith-based, and interfaith organizations for interfaith dialogue and advocacy on a range of public policy issues. For a sampling of these organizations, please see below.
American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) is one of several major Baptist organizations in the United States and includes about 5,800 congregations and 1.5 million members. ISNA worked with ABCUSA and other Baptist groups to develop national and regionalBaptist-Muslim dialogues. ABCUSA is also a member of theShoulder-to-Shoulder campaign.
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) is a fellowship of Baptist Christians and approximately 1,800 affiliated Baptist churches. ISNA worked with CBF and other Baptist groups to develop national and regional Baptist-Muslim dialogues. CBF is also a member of the Shoulder-to-Shoulder campaign.
Founded in 1946, Church World Service (CWS) is the relief, development, and refugee assistance ministry of 35 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations in the United States. Working in partnership with indigenous organizations in more than 80 countries, CWS works worldwide to meet human needs and foster self-reliance for all whose way is hard. ISNA works with Church World Service on issues of global poverty issues.
Church of the Brethren
The Church of the Brethren is a Christian denomination of about 125,000 members in more than 1,000 congregations in the United States and Puerto Rico; about 150,000 in the fast-growing Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (Church of the Brethren in Nigeria); and hundreds more in India, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. The Church of the Brethren is a peace church and an active member of the Shoulder-to-Shoulder campaign.
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a Protestant Christian denomination in the US and Canada. The denomination was born in the 1800s, and continues to be influenced by its founding ideals of unity in Christ with openness and diversity in practice and belief. It is a member of the Shoulder-to-Shoulder campaign.
The Episcopal Church is a mainline Anglican Christian denomination with nearly 2 million members in the United States. The Episcopal Church is a member of the Shoulder-to-Shoulder campaign.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America came into existence in 1982 as the result of the union of three North American Lutheran church bodies. The ELCA engages with ISNA in numerous interfaith dialogue efforts and is a member of the Shoulder-to-Shoulder campaign.
Faith in Public Life (FPL) is a strategy center for the faith community advancing faith in the public square as a powerful force for justice, compassion and the common good. FPL provides its media savvy to a number of interfaith coalitions including the Shoulder-to-Shoulder campaign.
Faith United Against Tobacco was launched by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and leaders from multiple religious denominations, including ISNA, to mobilize the faith community to support proven solutions to reduce smoking.
Faith United to End Childhood obesity was formed by theCampaign for Healthy Kids to advance the obesity-related policy change necessary to create sustained and scaled improvements in children’s health. Faith United includes faith groups representing diverse views and perspectives, united by the desire to promote children’s health through policies that embody the principles of effectiveness, equity, and local leadership.
Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence is a diverse coalition of nearly 50 denominations and faith-based organizations united by the call of our faiths to confront America’s gun violence epidemic and to rally support for policies that reduce death and injury from gunfire.
Faithful Reform in Health Care was founded to: 1) help build a more collaborative infrastructure among the various faith groups working for reform; and 2) connect current research in values-based messaging with faith teachings to help move the health care reform agenda beyond the issues that have resulted in political deadlock. ISNA works with Faithful Reform in Health Care to advocate for access to health care for all.
The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) is a national non-profit dedicated to strengthening relations between ethnic and religious communities in North America, co-founded by orthodox Rabbi Marc Schneier and hiphop mogul Russell Simmons. FFEU and ISNA work closely together to strengthen Muslim-Jewish relations in North America through the annual Weekend of Twinning and international exchanges of rabbis and imams.
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) fields the largest team of registered peace lobbyists in Washington, DC. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL is nonpartisan and serves as a member of the Shoulder-to-Shoulder campaign.
Hartford Seminary is a higher-learning educational institution that develops the leadership capacities of religious leaders and the wider public by seeking to cultivate and share a consciousness of God. Although it is a predominantly Christian institution, the seminary also trains Muslim chaplains through The Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. Beginning in 2010, ISNA, Hartford Seminary, and the Jewish Theological Seminary developed the workshop and dialogue series, Judaism in Islam in America.
Interfaith Alliance is the only national interfaith organization fully dedicated to protecting the integrity of both religion and democracy in America. It celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. ISNA works with Interfaith Alliance on numerous religious freedom issues, particularly through the Shoulder-to-Shoulder campaign where it serves as chair of the Advocacy Task Force.
ISNA is a member of the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission, a cooperative venture of faith communities in partnership with the ABC, CBS and NBC television networks and their affiliated stations in every part of the nation. The IBC offers high quality programming four to six times a year on each network, bringing to the broadcast industry and the general public thoughtful, original content that heightens the awareness of and appreciation for the many ways that religious faith plays a positive role in American life
The Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC) is a diverse, nonpartisan coalition of religious and religiously affiliated organizations whose core spiritual values affirm the rights and dignity of people with disabilities. IDAC seeks to mobilize the religious community to speak out and take action on disability policy issues with Congress, the President and Administration, and society at large. ISNA is a Steering Committee member of IDAC.
The International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD) is a Washington-based non-governmental organization whose mission is to prevent and resolve identity-based conflicts that exceed the reach of traditional diplomacy by incorporating religion as part of the solution.
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) was formally established in 1944 to serve as the representative voice of the organized American Jewish community in addressing the principal mandate of the Jewish community relations field. ISNA works with the JCPA in numerous interfaith coalitions, including Fighting Poverty with Faith and Shoulder-to-Shoulder.
The Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTSA) is the largest Jewish Studies and rabbinic ordination institution in North America based in the conservative Jewish tradition. It articulates a vision of Judaism that is learned and passionate, pluralist and authentic, traditional and egalitarian; one that is thoroughly grounded in Jewish texts, history, and practices, and fully engaged with the societies and cultures of the present. ISNA, JTSA and Hartford Seminary worked together to form the workshop and dialogue series Judaism and Islam in America.
The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC), founded in 1950, consists of member faith groups from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches, with 45 million individuals in more than 100,000 local congregations across the nation. ISNA and the NCC worked together to form the National Muslim-Christian Initiative and engage in numerous joint interfaith coalitions such as the Faithful Budget Campaign, Fighting Poverty with Faith, and Shoulder-to-Shoulder
The National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East (NILI) seeks to build a well-informed, broad and active interreligious constituency that urges the Administration and Congress to support active, fair, and firm U.S. leadership for comprehensive, just, and lasting Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace. ISNA leadership has been a formative part of NILI since its establishment in 2003, building consensus among Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders and working in a bipartisan manner with policy makers and members of Congress to build public support for peace.
The National Peace Foundation is an organization that was originally a part of the grassroots campaign to establish an Academy of Peace, leading the successful estabilshment of the US Institute of Peace in 1984. In 2007, ISNA and the National Peace Foundation received U.S. State Department grants to develop international visitors programs. These programs provided an opportunity to bring lay leaders from the Muslim world to the United States and to bring interreligious leaders from the Muslim world to the United States, in order to increase mutual understanding and interfaith dialogue
The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) is a growing membership organization committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.ISNA has been a founding member of NRCAT since January 2006. NRCAT now has over 300 participating member organizations, including national denominations and faith groups, regional organizations and congregations.
Founded in the 1970s, NETWORK is a national “network” of Catholic Sisters to lobby for federal policies and legislation that promote economic and social justice. NETWORK is highly visible and active on critical issues such as peacemaking, comprehensive immigration reform, housing, poverty, health care, federal budget priorities, trade and hunger. ISNA works with NETWORK on several interfaith coalitions, particularly the Faithful Budget Campaign.
The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good (NEP) is an organization that embrace the tenets of orthodox Christian theology and believes that fighting for the common good involves fighting against social injustice and the abuse of power by those who benefit from the power arrangements of an unjust world. NEP is dedicated to improving Christian-Muslim relations. It serves as a member of Shoulder-to-Shoulder and other interfaith coalitions.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), with denominational offices in Louisville, Kentucky, has approximately 2.3 million members, more than 10,000 congregations and 14,000 ordained and active ministers. Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and ISNA work together in interfaith coalitions such as the Faithful Budget Campaign, the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition, and Shoulder-to-Shoulder.
The Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (CMCU) was founded in 1993 and is housed at Georgetown University to build stronger bridges of understanding between the Muslim world and the West as well as between Islam and Christianity. The CMCU is currently headed by Dr. John Esposito, and in May 2012, ISNA and the CMCU held a joint symposium on religious minorities in Muslim-majority countries.
The Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc a convention of African-American Baptists emphasizing civil rights and social justice. Founded in 1961, it is an association of Baptist churches throughout the world committed to the mandate of making disciples of Christ. The Convention is founded on the precepts of fellowship, progress, service, and peace and seeks to affirm the “priesthood of all believers.” The PNBC is a member of Shoulder-to-Shoulder and other interfaith coalitions.
The Religion Communicators Council (RCC), founded in 1929, is an interfaith association of religion communicators at work in print and electronic communication, marketing and in public relations. The RCC provides opportunities for religion communicators to learn from each other. Together, RCC members promote excellence in the communication of religious faith and values in the public arena and encourage understanding among religious and faith groups. ISNA is a member.
The Jewish Reconstructionist Movement is represented by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), a professional Association for over 300 reconstructionist rabbis. Established in 1974, it serves as a collegial community representing the rabbinic voice within the Reconstructionist movement. Together with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the RRA serves as a member of Shoulder-to-Shoulder.
Founded in 1971, Sojourners is a national Christian organization committed to faith in action for social justice. It works to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world. Working through Sojourners magazine, Sojourners’ website sojo.net, public speaking events, media outreach, educational resources, books, advocacy, and trainings, Sojourners is an internationally influential voice at the intersection of faith, politics, and culture. Sojourners is a member of Shoulder-to-Shoulder and works in several interfaith coalitions.
T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights (formerly Rabbis for Human Rights-North America) mobilizes mobilizes rabbis and their communities to protect human rights in the United States, Canada, Israel, and the occupied territories; trains rabbis and rabbinical students to be strong human rights leaders, and; promotes rabbis and cantors as moral voices on the most crucial issues of the day. T’ruah is an active member of Shoulder-to-Shoulder and theNational Religious Campaign Against Torture.
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) represents over 900 congregations across North America including 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), whose membership includes more than 1,800 Reform rabbis. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) has served as the Washington, DC office of the URJ for over 50 years and is the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in DC. The RAC educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community on legislative and social concerns, advocating on more than 70 different issues, including through interfaith coalitions like Shoulder-to-Shoulder and Faiths Calling.
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA) is a religious organization that combines two traditions: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion with Jewish-Christian roots. It has no creed and affirms the worth of human beings, advocates freedom of belief and the search for advancing truth, and tries to provide a warm, open, supportive community for people who believe that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion. It is a member of Shoulder-to-Shoulder.
Founded in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions, the United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. With more than 5,100 churches and 1.1 million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world. The UCC is a member of Shoulder-to-Shoulder and numerous other interfaith coalitions.
The United Methodist Church (UMC) was created in 1968 when it united The Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church. Today the UMC is the largest mainline Protestant denomination with over 7.7 million members in the US and Canada. ISNA’s Washington, DC office is housed in the United Methodist Building, and the two organizations work together on a number of interfaith initiatives, including Shoulder-to-Shoulder.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the Catholic Church hierarchy who work together to unify, coordinate, promote, and carry on Catholic activities in the United States and to organize and conduct religious, charitable, educational and social welfare work at home and abroad. The bishops are served by a staff of over 350 lay people, priests, deacons, and religious. The relationship between the USCCB and ISNA dates back to the 1990s, when they began the Midwest Muslim-Catholic Dialogue. The USCCB is an Executive Committee member of Shoulder-to-Shoulder.