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Posted on May 12, 2016 - By Nic Cable
We were faced with a difficult dilemma: where could we find spiritual refuge amidst this amazing moment of transformation in the life of our congregation?

Nic Cable is an Interfaith Youth Core Fellow at DePaul University. He is a senior completing a double major in Religious Studies and Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies. Nic is an interfaith scholar at DePaul, in which he organizes interfaith events on campus, as well as works to institutionalize interfaith work at all levels of this institution. Nic will be continuing his education as a Master of Divinity student at Chicago Theological Seminary this fall. Follow his campus blog at

Posted on April 6, 2016 - By Seher Siddiqee
Evangelical? Aren't they just trying to convert you? Why be around people like that, isn't it annoying?

Seher Siddiqee is currently studying at Hartford Seminary, where she is working on her M.A. in Islamic Studies with an emphasis in Muslim-Christian Relations and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. She has been involved in interfaith relations since she was a child, and building bridges between communities is one of her greatest passions. 

Posted on April 5, 2016 - By Tahil Sharma
Chardi kala ("relentless optimism", in the Sikh tradition) reminds me that I cannot deny injustice, past or present, or ignore the necessity for reform in our world.

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 April 4, 2016 - By Jem Jebbia
I see a higher level of religious literacy not in the knowledge that we grow, but in the openness of our minds that we develop.

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 March 3, 2016 - By Husna Ibrahim
How can you start to understand the world around you if you lock yourself in a box and don’t allow any other ideas to get in?

Husna Ibrahim is a third year college student at the University of Minnesota, and the secretary of the university's Multi Faith Student Council. She has had an interest in other faiths from a young age, and sees interfaith dialogues as a way to get to know her fellow college students on a different level that is important or fascinating to them. 

Posted on February 17, 2016 - By Ajay Vaidya
I read both the Bhagavad Gita and a Bible every day. I have found one thing in common between them--that the Almighty wants human beings to live peacefully and happily.

Ajay Vaidya is from India, and currently studying to get his MBA from Marywood University inScranton, PA.  HIs hobbies are playing keyboard and guitar and he enjoys learning foreign languages--currently he speaks German, Portuguese, and English, and is learning Korean, Mandarin, and Spanish. 

Posted on February 8, 2016 - By Anne Marie Roderick
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Finding your vocation is about discovering where you meet the world, where the essence of who you are touches the core of the earth.

Native New Yorker Anne Marie Roderick spent eight months doing relief work in New Orleans after graduating from high school in 2006 and four months in India volunteering at a yoga Ashram. At Earlham College, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a major in Religion. While there, Anne Marie served in student government and on various school committees. She was Convener of the Earlham Progressive Union and the Earlham Christian Fellowship and participated in the IFYC Fellows Alliance during her sophomore year. She studied abroad in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Posted on January 14, 2016 - By Dave Churvis
Many people are unaware of this, but there can be a huge social cost — especially for young people — in revealing to the world one does not believe in God.

 Dave Churvis is the Program Manager for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science. He spent many years following various religious traditions before fully embracing science and secularism. He currently lives in Greenbelt, Maryland with his husband Matthew and their two cats.

Posted on December 30, 2015 - By Tess Kelley
“Would you come with us to light butter-lamps for the people of Paris?”

Tess Kelley has been involved in Illinois Wesleyan University’s Interfaith group for the past three years as a Multifaith Ambassador.  She first got involved out of a desire to engage discussions about how worldviews and opinions are shaped by faith, religion, and traditions.  In her free time she enjoys hiking up mountains, canoeing across lakes, crocheting afghans, reading fiction, and she wants to learn how to cross-country ski.


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