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Posted on September 2, 2015 - By Jem Jebbia
Even though this work can be painstakingly difficult, we do not see those who do not hold our personal faith as our enemies.. We see them as fellow human beings, struggling alongside us to find happiness.

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 August 26, 2015 - By Alexis Kassim
I could think of few things about an evening of librettos and cantatas that would interest a young child, but the themes of moving from despair and isolation to hope and friendship were universal.

Alexis Kassim is a graduate of the MDiv Program at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is an alumna of IFYC's One Chicago, One Nation Program. Alexis lives in the Washington, DC area and serves as an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ. .

Posted on August 18, 2015 - By Ali Jablonsky
Whether we believe in an afterlife or not, I believe caring for the bodies of those who have passed on is a justice issue and one applicable to all of us.

Ali is a 2013-2014 IFYC Coach. She recently graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with majors in Secondary Education and English and a minor in Communications. As a Unitarian Universalist Franciscan, Ali is constantly seeking to learn from various religious and nonreligious communities. Ali believes she has found the utopia for this exploration at Harvard Divinity School, where she will be attending this fall as she pursues a Master’s in Divinity.

Posted on August 6, 2015 - By Claire Curran
When we think about climate change, the solutions often feel far away. Carbon sequestration? Renewable Energy? Cap and trade? What does that mean for me, in my daily life?

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 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.


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