Spirituality in a Multifaith World Certificate

Our religious landscape is changing rapidly. The focus of this certificate is how to engage in dialogue with, and how to minister to, such a world in ways that promote interreligious and interspiritual understanding and appreciation.

You may choose from an array of courses, some focusing on a single tradition, such as Quakerism or Islam, others seeking to bring traditions into the conversation. Yet other courses attend to new expressions of the spiritual life, both within and beyond historical communities of faith.


The program consists of six courses and can be completed within two years. Courses may be taken entirely from the study of Spirituality, or students can choose up to two electives from across the curriculum.

Required courses (choose six):

  • Spiritual Formation and Personal Practice
  • Mysticism: An Interfaith Exploration
  • The Spirit of Islam: The Qur’an and Its Interpreters
  • Islam in Text and Film
  • Quaker Spirituality
  • Interfaith Dialogue (Prerequisite: TS 101)
  • New Frontiers in Spirituality
  • History of Christian Spirituality
  • Community, Diversity, and Conflict
  • Up to two electives from across the curriculum 

Our faculty

The Spirituality in a Multifaith World program is led by Michael Birkel, professor of Christan spirituality.

Next steps

Ministry isn’t just a vocation or a calling—it’s a way of being in this world, seeking to make it whole. ESR is ready to support you in answering your own call to ministry, whatever shape it takes.