Interfaith Leadership Forum 2022 | 3rd Forum

“Building Interfaith Partnerships Beyond Racism and Religious Nationalism”

About the Event:

Religious nationalism is on the rise worldwide. In the U.S., it has primarily taken the form of White Christian Nationalism: the affiliation of being White and Christian with belonging and mattering in this country. This program explored the nature of global nationalism and its specific manifestation in the U.S. First, we heard from Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer, who is an expert who has been studying this trend for over thirty years. His keynote remarks were followed by a panel of diverse faith leaders who shared their views on building interfaith solidarity to resist the White Supremacist Christian ideology threatening our nation. This program was a forum for people of faith to learn, become activated, and feel equipped to respond together effectively.

Program Outline:

Opening Remarks

Rev. David Lindsey, Executive Director, Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington (IFC)


“The Capitol Insurrection and the Global Rise of Religious Nationalism”

Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer – Founding Director, Orfalea Center of Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara

Panel PresentationsModerated by Rev. David Lindsey, IFC

“The Interfaith Imperative”

Rabbi Jack Moline – President, Interfaith Alliance

“Doctrine of Discovery, Manifest Destiny and Christian Nationalism: Nothing New”

Charles Watson Jr. – Director of Education, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

“The Pro-Democracy Faith Movement”

Maggie Siddiqi – Senior Director, Religion and Faith, Center for American Progress

“Religious Liberty and the Shortfall of Advocacy”

Simran Singh – Vice Chairman, IRF (International Religious Freedom) Secretariat

3rd Forum: Building Interfaith Partnerships Beyond Racism and Religious Nationalism



Rumi Forum presents this event as a collaborating partner of the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington (IFCMW) during the 3rd Annual World Interfaith Harmony Week in the DMV. We are glad that this session of our monthly Scriptural Reasoning program coincides with the annual worldwide observance during the month of February 2022.