International Association of Religious Freedom: US Chapter


A Unique Multifaith Philosophy

Inspired by the World Parliament of Religions in 1893, IARF was organized in 1900, the oldest among international multifaith organizations which have emerged in the past century. In 1901 the World Congress adopted a simple purpose: “to open communication with those in all lands who are striving to unite pure religion and perfect liberty, and to increase fellowship and cooperation among them.” The simplicity and openness of its purpose has led to unique characteristics for IARF.

  • IARF draws from the more liberal orientations in major religious cultures of the world.
  • IARF specifically focuses upon religious freedom in its emergent forms everywhere: individual freedom of conscience, tolerance, dialogue and understanding and cooperation among religious groups.
  • IARF encourages advocacy for individuals and groups for whom freedom is restricted, always with sensitivity to local understandings of freedom and its implementation.
  • IARF in its international practice is a coming together of member groups. The U.S. Chapter is comprised in individual and family memberships. Thus individuals benefit from a multitude of perspectives in their personal quest for global consciousness.
  • IARF is relational in nature, beyond arms-length dialogue to inner openness to growth and transformation.

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