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Kicking Off the Challenge 23 November , 2011

by Aamir Hussain

When President Obama first announced the White House Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge in March 2011, I was unbelievably excited.

At the time, I was a freshman at Georgetown enthusiastic about finding my niche in college, as well as exploring my religious identity and how that intersected with my American nationality. As a sophomore, I am now strongly committed to this Challenge because interfaith cooperation is extremely important to me on a personal level.

I have come to realize that interfaith cooperation is an exemplary reflection of my core values, both as an American and as a Muslim.  READ MORE

 

A Practical Guide for Engaging Evangelicals in Interfaith Work 8 August , 2011

In conversations at the Interfaith Youth Core’s Interfaith Leadership Institute in Washington D.C. this week I encountered several interfaith leaders – both college students and staff – who struggle with engaging the evangelical communities on their campus. I hope this will serve as a practical guide for interfaith leaders in similar situations.

I frequently encounter students, staff, and faculty involved in interfaith work who struggle to involve evangelical students in the interfaith movement. While there’s no hard and fast answer, here is a practical guide from an evangelical about evangelicals, hoping to bolster evangelical participation in the interfaith movement.

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His Holiness Highlights Importance of Interfaith Dialogue 20 July , 2011

Chicago, Illinois, 18 July 2011 – On his last day of this two-city current tour of the United States, on July 18, 2011 morning, the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama participated in a dialogue with interfaith leaders in a session entitled, Building Bridges: Religious Leaders In Conversation With The Dalai Lama. Hosted by the Theosophical Society and held at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago, it was attended by a sold-out crowd of 1500 people.

Theosophical Society President Tim Boyd introduced His Holiness to the audience. He recalled the visit of His Holiness to the headquarters of the Theosophical Society in America, located in Wheaton, Illinois, in 1981. He said His Holiness had given a talk at a local school then but not many students knew who he was. Since then things have changed greatly, Mr. Boyd said adding that His Holiness has now become one of the most recognized and the most respected persons in the world. Mr. Boyd said that His Holiness’s continued call for adherence to the universal qualities to bring change to human hearts and minds have made him one of the greatest teachers in the world.

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From The Huffington Post: Atheist Students Find Their Place in the Interfaith Movement 4 November , 2010

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Atheists are leading the charge for interfaith cooperation. If that sounds contradictory, allow me to confirm: I just saw it with my own eyes.

Last weekend, more than 200 college students and 100 faculty and staff from across the United States converged in Washington, D.C. for five days of interfaith training. Students and campus staff participated in two consecutive Interfaith Leadership Institutes, planned and run by the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), where they received intensive training that prepared them to take the lead in a national movement for interfaith cooperation and social action.

The Interfaith Leadership Institutes, co-hosted by the Georgetown University Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, consisted of a series of trainings, speeches and events intended to equip hundreds of student leaders and campus allies with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to lead interfaith and community service initiatives on their campuses. The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships hosted a session for each institute, and then participants spent two days at Georgetown being trained and equipped.

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Apply now! Paid, Full-time Fellowship for Interfaith Leaders Who Care About Ending Extreme Poverty

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 Inspiring. Challenging. Life-changing.

Those are just a few of the ways Faiths Act Fellows have described their year in the program. If you are motivated by your faith to make a difference in the world, consider applying for next year’s Faiths Act Fellowship.

The Faiths Act Fellowship is a year-long, paid opportunity for young leaders to work toward the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to end the scandal of extreme poverty. The Fellowship is a program of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, in collaboration with Interfaith Youth Core.

After one month of training in London, Faiths Act Fellows are placed into pairs and matched with leading NGOs in their home countries. There, they work for the rest of their Fellowship year to build partnerships across faiths and mobilize communities in support of the MDGs while developing their own interfaith leadership skills. Faiths Act Fellowship 2011-12 begins in July 2011 and ends in June 2012.

Application Deadline: December 31, 2010… APPLY NOW
 
 
 

 

 

LGBTQ Find Unexpected Hope 21 October , 2010

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From The Faith Divide blog, by Eboo Patel

Today’s guest blogger is Robert Chlala, a Campus Engagement Associate at Interfaith Youth Core. He has worked with youth community organizations from Los Angeles to Chicago for over ten years and is an active youth leader with the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist organization.

News had recently broke about the suicide of yet another LGBTQ youth in the U.S., the latest in a rash that has brought to light the exclusion and violence that continues to plague those marked “different.”

Speaking to a top conservative leader and member of the Young Republicans on her campus, Lily Connor calmly relayed her story of how she has worked to create a space for interfaith dialogue in the social justice campaigns she leads. She pauses for him to share his experiences, but he is unsure where he fits in. As she guides him he lights up as he realizes that he too has a story: that he is living interfaith cooperation in that very moment.

This could be your typical story of a growing interfaith student movement, one that we hear at Interfaith Youth Core almost daily. But I’m leaving out a few important details…

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Interfaith Action!! Apply for the Faith Acts Fellowship!! 15 October , 2010

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Apply now to be a Faiths Act Fellow!

30 young leaders inspired by faith.

A commitment to ending extreme poverty.

An inspiring, life-changing year.

The Faiths Act Fellowship is a paid opportunity for young interfaith leaders to spend a year bringing faith communities together around the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.  Join this global movement by applying to be a Fellow or by recommending the program to an exceptional young person you know.

Get more information and watch a video at:

www.ifyc.org/faithsactfellows

Applications are due by December 31, 2010.
The Faiths Act Fellowship is a program of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, in collaboration with Interfaith Youth Core. Applicants must be between the ages of 20 and 27 and citizens or legal residents of Canada, India, the United Kingdom, or the United States. Questions? Email FAFrecruiting@ifyc.org.

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World Faith Mentioned in Tikkun 2 November , 2009

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A lot of people were at the IFYC Conference… That is why I am honored that Tikkun mentioned World Faith in their write-up of the conference.  For the full article, please visit the article on Tikkun’s website.

 

IFYC Conference 2009 23 October , 2009

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I am quite excited about  the IFYC conference coming up next week in Evanston, Illinois.  I will be leading a workshop on using technologies, and I hope to post my presentation on here afterwards, or just a link to it.

Also, I want to challenge myself to keep up with my blogging that I have so horribly ignored for the greater part of this year.  Check in for updates!

 

In Closing… 3 June , 2008

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this is my official write-up for the end of my Fellowship with the Interfaith Youth Core:

Reflecting on the past year as a part of IFYC Fellows Alliance is a difficult undertaking. Though the intent initially was likely based on trainings and campus work, I feel like the best parts of it were by-products of this intent, such as the great opportunities I was granted from the IFYC, and the potentially life-lasting friendships that started out of the fellowship.
On campus here at New York University I can definitely say that being a part of the IFYC Fellows Alliance assisted in my work, and that of our group World Faith. Starting out, we had great trouble getting recognized from the existing faith-oriented groups on campus, who simply did not take our mission seriously. That was acerbated by the fact that what interfaith events did take place on campus were usually dialogue-based, and faith-specific. However, between the connecting with the IFYC, other breakthroughs we had at World Faith, and the result of some of the great opportunities during the Fellowship, I was able to generate enough credibility to expand our programs, including co-programming with most of the larger faith-oriented groups on campus.
Our focus on bringing the discourse of religion back into the university also had institutional effects. After partnering with different groups on campus, we successfully lobbied the university to adopt chaplaincy, starting with four paid chaplains and several volunteers, giving religious guidance for Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus on campus. Furthermore, the president of New York University announced the creation of an Interfaith Center, while the administration works to purchase space for such a center, which will likely cost some $20-50 million dollars upon completion. Though I was not alone in this, nor World Faith the only force, but we were an integral part of the student mobilization for these changes.
Our programs also have grown in participation, while our first events were often attended by only a hand-full of participants, World Faith has grown to holding our Week of Interfaith Youth Service, in which 120 participants got involved in one of our four interfaith community service programs, including one day where over 60 participants volunteered city-wide in hospitals, parks, and homeless shelters. Furthermore, we teamed up with an initiative started by NYU students (who I was put in contact with their IFYC) to send ten religiously-diverse students to Lebanon to do service work with local students. Altogether, with the help of the Fellows Alliance, World Faith, under my leadership, has had a pivotal role in reshaping the role faith plays both in campus life and in service at New York University. With my passing the leadership on to younger students for next year, I expect that the impact will continue to develop.
For my personal development, I definitely feel that one aspect of the training given to Fellows by IFYC did help me greatly. Language, whether speaking to students, or speaking to the media, is imperative to effectively deliver your message, while catering to your audience. I feel the staff greatly influenced my tightening of language describing the mission of interfaith service throughout the year, including great advice given to me by Cassie Meyers and April Kunze during the Q Conference this April.
Also, being that I have chosen to take one the interfaith world professionally, IFYC has given me many great opportunities to exercise the advice and training that they gave. During the year I was interviewed on two radio shows, and Good Morning America with the Fellowship, with prepared me for other interview. Whether with IFYC’s help, suggestion, or mandate, I also attended six conferences during the year, during which at some I spoke, presented, or was publicly recognized for the my interfaith work during this year. Being in New York, they recommended for many great opportunities, including meeting with a Saudi Dean traveling as a visitor with the US State Department’s International Leadership program. These are just a few of the great opportunities the IFYC gave me during my year with the Fellow’s Alliance. Not only did they encourage further personal and professional development, they gave credibility to the work I have devoted so much time and effort to during the year.
The contact network I have developed with IFYC’s staff’s help is global and powerful, and I am sure that I will continue to utilize it as a develop World Faith further as an organization, but I do not believe that even the contacts are the most valuable aspect of the year. I believe the most lasting impact of the Fellow’s Alliance on my life with be that of personal connections.
The fellowship will most likely remind me of the mixture of parsing Bob Marley lyrics, discussing theological friction-points, and theorizing program ideas with Soofia Ahmed, Farah Qureshi, and Hafsa Kanjal. Or perhaps having some of the most blunt discourses possible with Jessica Kent and Anne Bouthilette. Even possibly being completely and obnoxiously unproductive and crazy with Joshua Stanton and Nadeem Modan, or holding jovial yet inspiring conversations with Austin Maness. Every Fellow represents more than a contact to me, but a memory and a friend. The staff of IFYC represents more than just human resource, but mentors and family. As a Christian, I believe that God is Love, and where Love is, God has blessed. This rubric elucidates the value of our work, as we are able to live as examples of what interfaith cooperative can look like, in a world of compassion and understanding.
As I conclude this paragraph, I am completely my year-long commitment to the Fellow’s Alliance. However, with the end of the Fellowship, I see the beginning of a career in making the interfaith movement, a long journey in personal growth in faith, and life-long friendships that will remind us why we even bothered to try to make a difference in the first place.

In Peace and Love,

Frank Fredericks
Former IFYC Fellow