Vision, Mission, & History

Vision

A community that pursues peace through interfaith understanding and cooperation.

Mission

Center for Interfaith Cooperation provides safe environments, resources, and opportunities for service to increase religious literacy, build empathy between faiths, and facilitate interfaith encounters.

History

Center for Interfaith Cooperation was created in 2011 out of the International Interfaith Initiative, founded by current Executive Director Charlie Wiles.

Headquartered in the Indiana Interchurch Center, Center for Interfaith Cooperation was created to bring together Hoosiers of many faiths in community.

Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC) is an outgrowth and extension of several earlier interfaith initiatives in Central Indiana, including the Interfaith Alliance of Indianapolis and the International Interfaith Initiative (the latter of which was a program of the Peace Learning Center from 2006-2011). CIC is proud to build on and expand many of the good projects that appeared in Central Indiana over the last two decades.

Since its formation, CIC has built a robust and diverse network of partnerships with Central Indiana faith congregations, colleges & universities, and civic & community organizations. CIC’s most essential assets in fulfilling our mission are the diversity and activity of our Board, which consists of approximately

CIC organizes two signature events every year. The Festival of Faiths is one of the Midwest’s largest one-day celebrations of religious diversity and vitality, attracting thousands of attendees on a Sunday afternoon in downtown Indianapolis to explore the booths of more than 100 congregations and dozens of community organizations and institutions of higher learning.

CIC’s other annual signature event is our Interfaith Banquet, where we honor an Interfaith Ambassador of the Year. We attract an audience of several hundred key civic, educational, philanthropic, and religious leaders to break bread together, celebrate the contributions of one of our community’s interfaith mavens, enjoy a bit of entertainment, and yes, raise some money for CIC!

With a focus on increasing organizational capacity, sustainability, and scalability over time, CIC recognizes that it must graduate from its historic model of operating as a working board bolstered by a small staff and, in its place, adopt a more sustainable model in which the executive director focuses their staff on day-to-day operations, and in a partnering role, the governing board focuses on organizational oversight.

CIC organizes frequent interfaith educational and community events and programming in partnership with other organizations. 

Examples include:

  • Religious Diversity Training
  • A New View Film Series
  • Summer Youth Camp
  • Interfaith Digital Dialogue
  • Sacred Spaces Tours