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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.

Posted on January 27, 2015 - By Hana Suckstorff
Several hundred non-Muslims from the Duke community attended the call to prayer. Although the sound system did not project far enough for us to hear it, the gesture of solidarity and respect for our Muslim brothers and sisters was more important.

Hana Suckstorff is a current Masters of Divinity Student at Duke Divinity School and a former IFYC intern and Communications Associate. She is a 2011 graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in history and a minor in Italian, which she put to good use as a high school English teacher in Milan, Italy during the 2012-2013 academic year. An avid student of the history of religion, Hana is fascinated both by religion in the past (particularly in Renaissance Italy) and today, especially its intersection with current affairs and public life.

Posted on January 19, 2015 - By Byron Tyler Coles
As a Unitarian Universalist and a pagan, my faith is central to my work as an anti-racism activist. No matter the cause, ultimately my work towards a more just and loving world is unwaveringly centered in the humanity of all people.

An alumnus of Roanoke College, Tyler has devoted his time to creating a more radically inclusive society through his work concerning interfaith cooperation, advocating for the LGBTQ community, and leading conversations concerning race in the United States. His future plans are to become a college chaplain focusing on multicultural advocacy and interreligious engagement.

Posted on January 19, 2015 - By Rachel Foran
We need to shed light on the multiple ways in which we conflate particular religions with particular ethnicities, races, and cultures. It's important it is to be aware of diversity not only between religious traditions, but within them as well.

Rachel Foran is a second year Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) candidate at Harvard Divinity School (HDS). There she studies at the intersections of race, class, and religion in relation to ethical questions around justice and equity in America. Upon graduating in May 2015, Rachel plans to pursue a career in prison reform and alternatives to incarceration. 

Posted on January 15, 2015 - By Adah Shair
Fighting wrong with a greater wrong, will only end up in an even greater wrong. Will this cycle ever end? Have we become hungry wolves just waiting for a chance to pounce on the other?

Adah Shair is a civil engineering student at University of North Florida, Jacksonville. She got involved with UNF Better Together and the UNF Interfaith Center in her junior year of college and has since been actively involved in interfaith work. Adah is a Better Together coach and serves as the vice president of UNF Better Together. She is originally from Kashmir, India and lived there for most of her life. Adah has a unique fondness for bridges, both literal and metaphorical. 

Posted on January 14, 2015 - By Dorie Goehring
I support freedom of expression, but I cannot, in good conscience, join the #IAmCharlieHebdo trend. I have to believe that discussions of these incidents can happen more carefully and critically, beginning with our own complacency in them.

Dorie Goehring is a second year MDiv student at Harvard Divinity School. Her research interests lie at the intersection of social ethics, anthropology, and comparative religion.

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.

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