Webinar: Building Interfaith Infrastructure

Interfaith Youth Core is hosting a webinar entitled “Stepping onto your Soapbox: Exploring Interfaith Connections to Campus Mission, Vision, and Values” on February 21 at 1:00 PM EST. This webinar is part of a three-part spring series designed for campus professionals and college/university educators who are interested in making a stronger case for interfaith cooperation as a campus-wide priority.

While the webinars have been designed these to build upon one another, you may sign up for as many or as few as your schedule allows. The following two webinars in the series are Finding Your People: Expanding Buy-in for Interfaith Initiatives on March 21 and Planning for the Next Year: Exploring Strategies for 2017-2018 Interfaith Initiatives  on April 27.

 

Seattle University Opens Center for Religious Wisdom and World Affairs

Seattle University has opened a new Center for Religious Wisdom and World Affairs, devoted to exploring the ways in which religious wisdom and the resources of faith communities can lend assistance in the analysis, diagnosis and community responses needed to address pressing social problems. The Center plans to accomplish this goal in three ways: a commitment to interfaith dialogue, linking scholarship and faith-based action, and re-imagining the role of religion in public life.

Every two years, the Center will focus on a specific social issue, such as, rising inequalities, gender-based violence, human trafficking and unsustainable use of environmental resources. The Center is focusing on homelessness.

In launching this project, Seattle University is issuing a call for scholars on inter-religious exploration of homelessness. Scholars will meet at Seattle University on April 25 and 26, 2017.  During the course of the two days, they will learn about the issue of homelessness from legal experts, policy analysts, and economists; participate in a discussion with local stakeholders, including religious leaders; and prepare paper proposal abstracts through a collaborative effort.  Scholars will return to Seattle University in April of 2018 to present their papers at a second symposium.  This scholarly initiative aims to produce an anthology that captures the best interfaith thinking about the religious, spiritual, and ethical dimensions of homelessness. Travel expenses, lodging, and meals will be covered by the Center.  Scholars will also receive an honorarium.

To be considered, please submit 1) a one-page letter of interest and 2) curriculum vitae to Manuel Mejido, Ph.D., Director, Center for Religious Wisdom and World Affairs, by email, care of: crwwa@seattleu.edu.  The selection committee will meet in December of 2016.  Scholars will be notified in January of 2017. The deadline for submissions is December 12, 2016.

Interfaith Youth Core to Fundraise for Refugees with ‘Better Together Day’

As people of faith, we are called to dialogue and cooperation with people of faith traditions different from our own in order to work for the common good of society; as Interfaith Youth Core writes, “Knowing something about another person’s religious or non-religious background helps you connect with that entire group.” For this reason, IFYC will host again its annual Better Together Day on April 7!

Better Together Day participants are encouraged to take a day to learn about another person’s religious traditions or values. All are welcome to participate by joining Twitter events, planning or attending an event in their area, or submitting a quote, a verse, or a simple personal statement about interfaith literacy to IFYC’s fundraising campaign for the International Rescue Committee. When the campaign receives 5,000 submissions, IFYC will donate $10,000 to IRC, which is committed to responding to global humanitarian crises by “helping people service, recover, and reclaim control of their futures.”

Be sure to submit your quote, verse, or statement by April 7, and read more about creative ideas for campus events, service projects, and other ways to participate.

How does your college or university promote interfaith literacy, dialogue, or cooperation? Let us know!