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Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme


Originally developed by CIP, St George's House and Coexist House, the Senior Faith in Leadership Programme (SFLP) is now delivered by Faith in Leadership.

Mid-to-senior faith based personnel working in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities are invited to apply to attend.

"During the SFLP, religious decision makers learn to lead in a way that enables them to connect and share with one another across faith boundaries: to work and reason together, to eat and talk together, to laugh together, to disagree and to share silence.

You are likely to come away surprised at your own response to the course, thinking very differently about the way that you lead and about the deep resources that each faith has for serious engagement with itself, with others, and with the wider secular and religious context.”   

Krish Raval - Director, SFLP


While training for faith leaders is wide-ranging and varied, nowhere in the UK are mid-to-senior religious decision makers trained in leadership skills side by side.

SFLP deepens encounters between those who are serving the Abrahamic communities in Britain, whether in a lay or clerical capacity. Its focus is on developing leadership - which by its nature is an inter-disciplinary phenomenon. Leadership of communities affects people from all walks of life and concerns the diversity of human experience.  

SFLP is an opportunity for inter-faith engagement that adheres to the values of the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme. It explores the resources that each tradition offers for effective leadership and looks for the forms of coexistence and friendship that are possible between traditions that remain distinct and different. Coming to agreement on theology, politics or any other subject is not the aim, nor is the creation of some neutral middle ground; rather the aim is to learn to lead in contexts of change, living well with disagreement, and disagreeing more fruitfully and intelligently.

Read testimonials from previous participants
Discover more about the origins of SFLP in our blog


SFLP March 2016

 Programme Objectives

  • To enable current and future leaders to go deeper into their own faiths, deeper into the faiths of others, deeper into the common good and deeper into partnerships of difference.
  • To produce a community of reflective leaders; an alumni group who can go on to make a real difference to the way our society works
  • To develop participants’ abilities to manage themselves in the multiple roles necessary for contemporary leadership
  • To better enable participants to take up leadership and consultative roles, formally and informally, in relation to challenges at work, at home and in the community
  • For the participants to understand their own strengths and gifts as well as their weaknesses; for them to be self-aware
  • To support the communication skills of the participants, in public speaking, reflective listening, dealing with the media and also in situations of disagreement and negotiation.
  • To encourage partnerships of difference between participants
  • To serve current and future leaders of faith by offering hospitality and respecting religious needs.

Applicant Profile

Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate:

  • A record of leadership within a faith context, whether as a lay leader or member of the clergy or in some other capacity.
  • A desire to learn about leadership, and develop their own personal effectiveness in groups.
  • A desire to deepen their experience and understanding of other faiths.
  • A sustained commitment to their faith, including active involvement in a place of worship and/or interfaith work and/or social action in a faith context.
  • A willingness to honestly deal with differences between the faiths and backgrounds of others.
  • The ability to learn both as individuals and as part of a group.
  • Good verbal and written communications skills in English.
  • A commitment to develop personal aptitudes.
  • A capacity to respect differences.
  • The ability to see the connections between self-awareness, leadership development and community action.

CIP is delighted to see SFLP go from strength to strength - if you have any queries, please contact Krish Raval, Course Director, SFLP via the website.


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