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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.

Posted on December 17, 2015 - By Tahil Sharma
At first the encounter with so many experts and activists made me nervous. I felt completely unqualified to be there in the first place.

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 December 10, 2015 - By Skyler Oberst
“Hatred is a sickness, and you don’t get mad at sick people, you heal them. And often times, healing is spiritual.”

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 December 1, 2015 - By Katie Gordon
My calling toward interfaith cooperation was not truly understood until I could hear it through the language of my friends and neighbors.

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 November 19, 2015 - By Hafsa Arain
Bigotry takes shape and form in different ways and for different reasons – we are a country that creates its own monsters so we can have something to destroy.

Hafsa Arain, campus engagement associate, works with colleges and universities to build interfaith cooperation. A graduate of DePaul University, Hafsa studied English literature and religious studies, and applies this knowledge to her love of Harry Potter on a regular basis. Also a perpetual alumnus of Interfaith Youth Core’s programs, Hafsa has participated in the Chicago Youth Core, the IFYC internship program, and the Faiths Act Fellowship, all three of which have instilled a deep passion for interfaith cooperation.

Posted on November 2, 2015 - By Jem Jebbia
We tell individual stories and learn from each other. We find shared values, and we begin to create a collective story.

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 October 19, 2015 - By Karin Firoza
There’s an activity that I do with the young people and teachers I work with called “Oops and Ouch”. Think quickly! How would you act?

Karin Firoza lives in the Greater Boston Area and is an alumna of the Fellows Alliance of IFYC. She is the Assistant Director of the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service at Northeastern University in Boston. She is also the co-founder of Roots & Wings Training and Consultation,a practice that seeks to equip teens and adults who work with them with the ability to connect with their roots and get the skills they need to soar as leaders and mentors.  

Posted on October 13, 2015 - By Amanda Mackey
At a time when religious institutions are dying across the nation and religious violence plagues the world, it is encouraging to see the Pope taking a stand for interfaith cooperation.

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.  

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