Empowerment Plus is an interfaith action program for young adults. Empowerment Plus shows young adults how to apply spiritual principles in their personal and professional lives, helping them develop a faith-centered framework with a focus on giving back – the key to a meaningful life.
The giving-back portion of Empowerment Plus is not just theory, but practical interfaith action projects, including helping others in need – including immigrants and refugees – get better jobs or start a business.
The inspiration for Empowerment Plus comes from the famous story about loving our neighbors – The Good Samaritan.
Although the Good Samaritan was a foreigner with a foreign religion, his care for the man left to die by the side of the road is the example of the loving faith-in-action we are called to show to others regardless of their faith or background.
Indeed, the interfaith Launching Leaders 12-week course is the cornerstone of Empowerment Plus. The course is packed with well-done videos and interactive exercises that help young adults answer important questions, including:
- — Where am I finding meaning and purpose?
- — Am I living true to myself and being authentic?
- — Am I discovering my potential?
- — Should I make a plan for my life?
- — What does financial self-reliance mean to me?
- — Can I succeed alone?
- — How can I give back?
- — Where does spirituality fit in?
You can be part of the solution to problems that divide us today by starting or joining an Empowerment plus program at a university, congregation, or community organization in your area.
The interfaith Launching Leaders online course is $99 per person, which includes 12 modules and the electronic version of the companion book Leadership by LIGHT: Principles That Empower (a paperback version of the book is available for separate purchase).
For groups participating in the Empowerment Plus program, the price is less at $79 per person, and the local organizers will keep $39.50 of the per person tuition, which they can use to help facilitate the weekly Empowerment Plus meetings.
Interfaith Action, Service, Self-Development
The key to making Empowerment Plus more than just a one-time course is to establish an Empowerment Plus steering group in your community. The steering group should be people from different faith backgrounds willing to serve as mentors to young adults.
As an integral part of Empowerment Plus, young adults from different faith groups partner together to carry out practical interfaith action projects ranging from jobs programs to service projects.
Indeed, many economic and social problems are overcome when people of different religions and beliefs work together in faith and action. For example, the second component of Empowerment+ is an interfaith action toolkit including Find a Better Job (see more below).
The action also involves self-development as the interfaith Launching Leaders 12-module course gives you tools that open doors to a life of fulfillment.
It does this by helping people learn universal leadership and personal development principles, while drawing on spiritual principles from within their own faith tradition.
It also does this by intentionally recruiting and bringing together people from different faiths in weekly live meetings to discuss the principles they are learning, and helping them design their interfaith action projects.