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Posted on November 25, 2014 - By Jennifer Bailey
Hunger in the United States is an interfaith issue. It does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, or gender. It transcends geography, political affiliation, and age.

Rev. Jennifer Bailey is an ordained minister, community organizer, and emerging national leader in multi-faith movement for justice. As Founder and Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network (FMN), Jennifer believes that people of faith can be game changers in the fight to build a more just, compassionate, and peaceful world. She comes to this work with nearly a decade of experience combatting intergenerational poverty in her hometown of Chicago, and her adopted home, Nashville, Tennessee.

Posted on November 18, 2014 - By Claire Curran
In New York City, we showed the world and its leaders that now is truly the time to take meaningful action on climate change. Through that moment of silence and resounding climate alarm we became united and hopeful.

Claire Curran is the Campaign Coordinator at Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light where she leads the Policy Advocacy team and works with faith communities to take energizing and effective action on climate change. Claire graduated with a BA in Religious Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College, and was a summer 2010 IFYC Intern.  Claire has a strong background in organizing, having coordinated the Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy's Clean Energy Campaign, and most recently, directed Environment California's Campaign Office in Los Angeles.

Posted on November 14, 2014 - By Jem Jebbia
Interfaith dialogue is important for my own faith formation—dialogue creates a space to ask deep questions that we all answer very differently, yet consider fundamental to our own faith understanding.

Jem Jebbia is a third year Master of Divinity student at the University of Chicago, studying Islam in America and interfaith engagement. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Religion, Business Administration, and East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Southern California. Jem currently works at the Spiritual Life office at the University of Chicago, where she convenes the Spiritual Life Council and serves as the Buddhist Adviser.​

Posted on October 16, 2014 - By Evan Young
In all our conversations we're beginning to build the social capital that will make us resilient, that will empower us to face future controversies together.

Evan Young is Campus Minister at United Campus Ministry Center for Spiritual Growth & Social Justice (UCM), an ecumenical and interfaith campus ministry serving Ohio University. He also serves as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens (UUFA). He served the Ohio-Meadville District of the Unitarian Universalist Association for two years as Young Adult and Campus Ministry Consultant, and he was instrumental in founding and chartering the Hattiesburg Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Posted on October 2, 2014 - By Ellie Anders
The interfaith world is in need of this mentorship, and Norther American Interfaith Network has the potential to provide it. Interfaith has a history that we need to learn and understand.

Ellie Anders founded an interfaith dialogue group at West Texas A&M, and from that experience grew a desire to work in higher education promoting the interfaith movement. Over the past year she completed her Masters in History, and a year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Multicultural Initiative at Salt Lake Community College. She is currently working to build the interfaith movement at Salt Lake Community College while teaching an Essentials of College Study and Humanities courses.

Posted on September 25, 2014 - By Ali Jablonsky
Leaders must experience the mountaintop so that they can advocate for it. I believe interfaith leaders can only be effective if they truly experience the deep value of diversity.

Ali is a 2013-2014 IFYC Coach. She recently graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with majors in Secondary Education and English and a minor in Communications. As a Unitarian Universalist Franciscan, Ali is constantly seeking to learn from various religious and nonreligious communities. Ali believes she has found the utopia for this exploration at Harvard Divinity School, where she will be attending this fall as she pursues a Master’s in Divinity.

Posted on September 11, 2014 - By Anusha Abbas
In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, I felt as if I had to sacrifice my Muslim identity in order to fit in as an American. But I could not be more wrong. It is through being a Muslim American that I have learned to embrace people of all beliefs.

Anusha Abbas is a senior Biology major and Family Studies minor at Arizona State University. Born in Pakistan, raised in America, and coming from a minority sect in Islam, she uses her passion for human rights to find common ground between her diverse identities. Anusha holds leadership positions in Students for a Humanity Inspired by Ahlulbayt (S.H.I.A.), Sun Devils are Better Together, and Oxfam America at ASU. Having experience being marginalized as a minority, Anusha learned to embrace her beliefs and become an advocate for unity and interfaith cooperation to end religious intolerance.

Posted on September 4, 2014 - By Megan Lane
When the irreconcilable differences inherent to interfaith cooperation pop up, be brave enough to keep talking.

Megan Lane, Campus Engagement Associate, holds a B.A. in Philosophy & Religion from Appalachian State University, in addition to an M.A. in Religion from the University of Georgia. After setting aside her original intention to pursue a Ph. D in religious studies, she worked in Campus Activities while earning an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from NC State University. As a graduate assistant, she advised and trained the executive officers of around 600 student organizations in best practices for leadership.

Posted on August 14, 2014 - By Aisha Ansano
We can “no longer afford to remain cloistered in the so-called comfort of like-minded people.” Too many people have strongly held beliefs that affect their actions, and pretending that the world is only full of people like us leads to a lot of conflict.

Aisha Ansano is a second year Masters of Divinity student at Harvard Divinity School, studying Unitarian Universalism and considering ordination. Aisha attended an Interfaith Youth Core conference in 2010, and continued interfaith work in college with the Stanford Office of Religious Life as well as at Harvard Divinity School. She is fascinated by lived religion and how people conceive of their religious and spiritual identities.


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