Why are you “interfaith” and what does that mean?


Interfaith Refugee Project supporters come from all different faiths and backgrounds, including no faith at all, with the common goal of bringing safety and dignity to refugees. 

Historically, refugee protection and resettlement has been driven by communities of faith and faith-based institutions. It was, and in many cases still is today, churches, mosques, synagogues, and the like, who supported refugees to get on their feet and advocated to welcome the stranger, a shared tenet of many different faiths.[1]

Looking to the future, it is clear that an entire generation—all the children currently on the move—their lives and the lives of their children will be shaped by how welcoming and how generous the international community is in responding to “the stranger.” We are living in a time when xenophobic rhetoric is winning votes all across the globe. Interfaith Refugee Projects asks people to leave their silos and join together to affirm our mutual responsibility and shared humanity.

By supporting primarily, but not exclusively, faith-rooted organizations from different faiths, we affirm the value of faith driven responses to the refugee crisis and encourage our donors to step out of their comfort-zone and support organizations that are led by different faith communities.

A faith-rooted organization is called by faith to take action against injustice and works to mobilize their communities to protect the vulnerable. The faith-rooted organizations that we support are motivated by their faith, but they protect the most vulnerable refugees, regardless of faith. All three organizations help people of all religious backgrounds and identities. We believe it is a powerful testament of mutual responsibility when a Jewish organization stands up and advocates for Muslim refugees, or a Muslim organization works to provide immediate humanitarian support to Christians in needs, or a Christian organization provides clean water and education to millions of Muslims.

[1] See, for example, Jessica Eby et al., “The Faith Community’s Role in Refugee Resettlement in the United States,” Journal of Refugee Studies 24 No. 3, 588.