Join Interfaith Youth Core by participating in Better Together Day on April 10th! IFYC supports students and educators on over 450 campuses and seeks to actively build bridges and work toward an America characterized by interfaith cooperation. Better Together Day is IFYC’s national day of interfaith action that “will engage over 5,000 people in activities that show we are better together.” Find out how you can participate in Better Together Day by visiting the website.
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.
A new report is available from Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) on what college students think about religion. The Interfaith Diversity Experiences & Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS), a project of IFYC with Professors Alyssa Rockenbach of North Carolina State University and Matthew Mayhew of The Ohio State University, tracks a group of students over the course of four years to examine the impact of college on students attitudes and engagement with others with diverse religious worldviews. Emerging Interfaith Trends is the first report released from this study, providing insight into student behavior and engagement with interfaith issues prior to coming to college. The study will continue to follow this group of students throughout their time in school.
To learn more, download the full report here, and join IFYC in an upcoming webinar to learn more about the findings. The webinar will be offered at October 5 at 1 p.m. ET, and again on October 13 at 1 p.m. ET.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) is partnering with 9/11 Day to plan interfaith events to honor the National Day of Service, Remembrance, and Unity. IFYC has shared several ideas to help campuses plan an event:
- Organize a service project
- Host a discussion event.
- Hold an interfaith vigil or peace walk.
- Plan a day of random acts of kindness.
- Attend a local community event.
IFYC has been working with 200 universities and colleges to organize discussions and events that promote interfaith cooperation over the past 15 years. For those in the New York City and Washington, D.C. area, IFYC will be hosting service projects. To see more resources for planning events or learn more about the service projects, visit the 9/11 Day Campaign website.
Students, faculty, staff, and campuses that dedicate their time to interfaith work are invited to submit applications to be recognized for their achievements through the Better Together Awards sponsored by Interfaith Youth Core . The awards will include:
- Impact Award (three winners)
- Rookie of the Year
- Better Together Day Award
- Mike Hammer Interfaith Leadership Award (students only)
- Outstanding Faculty/Staff Ally
Awardees will receive money to increase their interfaith work on campus, as well as free registrations to an upcoming Interfaith Leadership Institute. Submit your application or nominate a student, faculty, or staff member today – the Outstanding Faculty/Staff Ally applications are due May 8, and the other award nominations are due by May 15.
How does your college or university engage in interfaith work? Let us know!
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.”
How does your college or university promote interfaith literacy, dialogue, or cooperation? Let us know!