Religious convictions can be a significant factor in promoting divisiveness and enmity—or in building the trust needed to move communities toward understanding, empathy, and mutual compassion. American society is more divided than ever in recent memory. Race and policing, the authenticity of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the legitimacy of our democratic institutions have all been lightning rods for conflict. Political leaders and media have presented divergent and distorted views of important shared concerns, and data demonstrates that Americans processed these crises through ideological lenses so rigid that instant polarization was predictable.
ICRD is steadfast in the conviction that shared values across our faith traditions can be at the very heart of strategies to overcome seemingly insurmountable problems. We have worked for over 20 years in the international arena to steer religious belief toward strengthening communities in their ability to resolve current and future challenges to stability. We are now beginning the process of collaborating with American faith actors who seek to inspire their religious communities to commit to dialogue over conflict, and empathy over hatred. There is a rising risk of polarization and violence in the United States, and we are working to make faith part of the solution.
Our Virtual Faith in Action Award Dinner, which celebrates the life’s work of an individual whose faith has inspired them to improve society, will honor the work of Ms. Krista Tippett, the founder of the OnBeing Project and host of the OnBeing podcast. Ms. Tippett has used her platform to explore the intersection of faith, ethics, and moral wisdom in society, including as a means to resist divisions and conflict.
Please join us for an evening of celebration and reflection on how we might turn the rising tide of anger, fear, and incrimination in the United States, together with our neighbors of diverse beliefs, ideas, and identities.