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Posted on July 20, 2015 - By Skyler Oberst
Encountering our neighbors is not just what we are called to do as people of conviction and faith. It’s what we’re called to do as Americans.

Skyler Oberst is an IFYC ILI alum in Spokane, WA. After witnessing a religiously motivated act of hate, he founded the Compassionate Interfaith Society on his college campus, and began working with civic leaders to create a more pluralistic community in the greater Spokane area. He has spoke internationally, as well as at the White House on the power of Interfaith Work on College Campuses, contributed to the Millennial Values project at the Berkeley Center at Georgetown University, and has been a research associate mapping out religious landscape of the Inland Northwest at the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, and is also an Ambassador to the Parliament of Worlds Religions. He currently serves on the Human Rights Commission for the City of Spokane, is the vice president of the Board of Trustees for Spokane Faith & Values, and is president of the Spokane Interfaith Council. Skyler also works as a legislative staffer to the Spokane City Council and lives with his partner in Spokane.

Posted on July 14, 2015 - By Dena Trugman
Passover celebrates our liberation as a Jewish people, and so we recline and are served like kings and queens. Last week, I had the honor of pouring for my local Muslim community. I hope they felt like royalty.

Dena Trugman is a chaplain-in-training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and a rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Boston.

Posted on July 2, 2015 - By Andrew Spector
I've learned from Jewish ethics, “You are not required to complete the work, nor are you free to ignore it.” I don't know how long it will take to create a world where hate and violence cease to exist, but I do know that we are required to take action.

Andrew Spector is currently a Teach For America Corps Member in Oklahoma.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the College of Charleston.  Andrew is the founder of College of Charleston’s first interfaith dialogue program, called the Religious Life Exchange.

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.

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