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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.

Posted on March 6, 2015 - By Rachel Schwartz
This Purim, I thought about the power of building relationships. The numbers show that people’s regard for entire religious groups improves through a positive, meaningful relationship with one member of that group.

Rachel Schwartz, Mission Delivery Associate, works with a national network of institutions of higher education to assess and enhance the quality of their interfaith programming. Rachel came to IFYC from Northwestern University where she earned a BA in philosophy and psychology. At IFYC she works on the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, supports institutions of higher education who administer the Campus Religious and Spiritual Climate Survey, and regularly communicates with campus leaders.

Posted on February 26, 2015 - By Amanda Mackey
It’s easy to scream words of hatred at strangers that one doesn’t know, but it’s much harder to scream them at people you have formed relationships with. That is the beauty that happens when you take time to love your neighbor.

Amanda Mackey attends Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, TX where she is working on her Master of Divinity degree.  She is pursuing ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA).  Amanda graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Simpson College in Indianola, IA. She is an active participant in the IFYC Alumni program. Her interests include reading theology, working with kids and youth, and tap dancing.  

Posted on February 23, 2015 - By Katie Gordon
At a time when national and international headlines showcase hatred, division, and violence, our local efforts are proving that religious and philosophical differences can be used to unify a community.

Katie Gordon is the Program Manager of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University, and works both in the local community and on the university’s campus to promote interfaith dialogue and cooperation through education and service projects. She also acts as the Staff Advisor for Grand Valley's student interfaith organization, Better Together @ GVSU. Katie is a graduate of Alma College, where she led her school’s first interfaith organization.

Posted on February 5, 2015 - By Joshua Stanton
Scenes of hate are amplified around the world instantaneously. They must be countered by equally powerful scenes of hope and images of genuine and authentic engagement.

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.

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