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Posted on June 26, 2015 - By Nada Zohdy
We should never wait for the next tragedy to strike before we build up the courage to beginning sharing our own stories – introducing ourselves to neighbors, attending one another’s worship services, learning about another’s value system.

Nada Zohdy just graduated with a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She began her interfaith activism as an undergraduate at Michigan State University, where she co-founded her university’s first Campus Interfaith Council and co-led for three years a campus-wide initiative that promoted mutual understanding and service between students of diverse backgrounds (the Peace over Prejudice Campaign). She was awarded a Truman Scholarship in 2009, and has been involved with the IFYC Alumni Speakers Bureau since 2012.

Posted on June 11, 2015 - By Eric Adamcik
All of the history I learned in high school made me feel guilty for enjoying the view. I turned to one of my friends, and confessed that I wasn't Catholic, and might not deserve this view.

Eric Adamcik is a Rhodes College sophomore who is a combined International Studies/Political Science major and a Religious Studies minor. His religious affiliation is Christian, specifically the Presbyterian Church (USA). He is currently one of two Interfaith Advisors to the Kinney Community Service Program at Rhodes, which has been Newsweek’s #1 service-minded school in the country for two years running. That said, the position is still humbling, with constant crossovers between religious, nonreligious, and community service groups.

Posted on June 11, 2015 - By Jem Jebbia
“The fact that we can all sit in this room together with mutual concern for the students and not kill each other is not the norm. This is a miracle”, he said. At that moment, I realized this was the kind of story that inspires me every day.

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 June 5, 2015 - By Maham Khan
Through the media last weekend, we witnessed two very different stories related to interfaith cooperation—one story of understanding and interfaith literacy, and one story that shows how vital interfaith work is.

Maham Khan is a native Chicagoan and has been involved with community engagement since her college days where she served as president of the Muslim Student Association in the immediate wake of 9/11. She received various awards and honors for her efforts to engage and unite students of all faiths and cultures, including the Student of the Year Award. As a community ambassador with IFYC’s One Chicago One Nation for the past few years, Maham has been involved with producing events, discussions and media activities that instigate interfaith and intercultural dialogue.

Posted on May 8, 2015 - By Jake Crouse
How can I push others to engage about their belief systems when I don't even claim one for myself?

Jake Crouse is a rising senior at Furman University in Greenville, SC.  He is a religion major with a focus on transcultural communications and the relationship of religion and culture.  After growing up in a nurturing Methodist church through high school, he became a skeptic and now claims an agnostic identity.  Jake's interests include cooking vegetarian meals, journalism, birdwatching, and hockey.  Next year, Jake will assume the role of Vice President of Furman's Interfaith Youth Core community and will act as Secretary/PR Manager of the Secular Student Society on campus.

Posted on April 14, 2015 - By Tim Brauhn

Tim Brauhn is the Communications Manager at Islamic Networks Group, an organization that counters prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims by teaching about their traditions and contributions in the context of America's history and cultural diversity. Tim received his MA in International Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver with a concentration in Religion and Politics in the Middle East and Central Asia. He also has a BA in English Language and Literature from Aurora University in Illinois.

Posted on April 14, 2015 - By Joshua Stanton

Joshua Stanton serves as Program Director and Founding co-Editor of the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue at Auburn Theological Seminary and co-Director of Religious Freedom USA, which works to ensure that freedom of religion is as protected in practice as it is in writ. He is also a Schusterman Rabbinical Fellow and Weiner Education Fellow at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. Josh is a former IFYC fellow and alumnus of Amherst College.

Posted on April 14, 2015 - By Claire Curran

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 April 7, 2015 - By Tahil Sharma
It was the culmination of history and the relentless optimism, or "chardi kala" in my tradition, that led me to educate, engage, and serve my community just as the people of Oak Creek did.

Tahil is a third year student at the University of La Verne, in California, majoring in Foreign Languages and minoring in International Studies. He comes from an inter-religious, Hindu and Sikh family being raised both in India and the United States. He grew up in Delhi and Punjab, as well as in Los Angeles and Pomona. He enjoys doing volunteer work, spending time with family and friends, and learning more about the languages, cultures, and faith traditions from around the world. Tahil is fluent in Spanish, Hindi-Urdu, and Punjabi, and is trying to learn Japanese, Korean, and Arabic.


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