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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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