Alumni Program

Nearly 1,000 alumni are part of a growing movement of young leaders building interfaith cooperation around the country.

We set a big goal for ourselves at IFYC: to make religious pluralism a social norm within the course of a generation. We believe our alumni are the interfaith leaders who will make it happen. And we’re here to support them along the way.

The facts:

  • 96% of alumni in our network are applying their interfaith leadership skills in their personal and/or professional lives.
  • 93% of working alumni have found their interfaith experiences useful on the job.

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Alumni Blogs

Purim is the Jewish holiday that celebrates the biblical book of Esther. In that book, Haman (the chief of staff) convinces King Ahasuerus to kill all the Jews in Persia.

I watched the news footage of the woman gripping the microphone, ranting and raving about how Jesus Christ is Lord, and that Muslims need to go home.

Grand Valley State University and the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan have embarked on a community-wide effort: the 2015 Year of Interfaith Service, organized by the Kaufman Interfaith Institute.


Alumni News

Alumni Chris Stedman weighs in at Religious News Service on #JeSuisCharlie and why you don’t have to support Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons to support free expression. 

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IFYC alumni Rev. Jennifer Bailey named on of 2015's faith leaders to watch by Center for American Progress. 

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Reflections on the Faiths Act Fellowship, a defining professional and personal experience. 

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Bilal remembers an act of kindness which inspired the spirit of generosity in him.

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We’ve seen a lot of studies about more people identifying themselves as spiritual, but not religious, and that the number of the so-called “unchurched” are growing.

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We are creatures of expression living in an age of expression. We are deluged daily with information and opinion, with pundits and preachers proffering perspective. Many of us spend hours every day spreading philosophical truths and culinary creations on social media.

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