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George Floyd & the Patels: A Story in Generations

I got a call from my Dad this weekend and his voice was tight as he said "The knee was on his neck for nine minutes." I didn't know if it was overwhelming sadness or controlled rage.

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Covid-19 Sparks (Virtual) Mindfulness on Campuses

College campuses across the U.S. are witnessing a rise in the need and desire for meditation and mindfulness activities. “More people are accessing these services as they now have the time, and more need”

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Conversations with Eboo: Krista Tippett

Eboo spoke with Krista Tippett about how she's looking after herself & what she thinks the world will look post-Covid-19 - “There is an incredible opening to deep structural reformation, to how we live our lives & organize our societies.”

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Tips for Teaching Interfaith Courses Online

Join us on 6/3 at 11am CST with faculty from Saint Mary’s College of California, Martin University, Georgetown University, and the University of St. Thomas.

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Who You Gonna Call? Campus Chaplains in Covid-19

Gail Stearns offers us 10 reasons a Chaplain might be the best person when you ask: Who you gonna call?

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George Floyd & the Patels: A Story in Generations
Covid-19 Sparks (Virtual) Mindfulness on Campuses
Conversations with Eboo: Krista Tippett
Tips for Teaching Interfaith Courses Online
Who You Gonna Call? Campus Chaplains in Covid-19

INTERFAITH AMERICA

Eboo Patel
article - June 2, 2020
Eboo speaks to Bill George, who has deeply influenced his approach to leadership - "the core of your leadership comes out of your ethics...shape your core into something that you’re proud of, and then bring it into the world."
Nestor I. Melendez
article - June 2, 2020
Remember the whole it takes a village thing? Yeah, well us Latinx been making it through on the bread & butter of that alone. Kid's sick? Abuela got you. Need to take quick trip to the store, Tio/Titi can watch the baby for a few. But not now.
Eboo Patel
article - June 1, 2020
I got a call from my Dad this weekend and his voice was tight as he said "The knee was on his neck for nine minutes." I didn't know if it was overwhelming sadness or controlled rage.
Silma Suba
article - May 29, 2020
College campuses across the U.S. are witnessing a rise in the need and desire for meditation and mindfulness activities. “More people are accessing these services as they now have the time, and more need”
Erin Smith
article - May 29, 2020
As a non-Muslim working in Hijab fashion, Erin Smith shares what her experience has been: Facebook ad algorithms seemingly could tell I was interested in spirituality, but couldn’t figure out what religious community I actually belonged to.
Kapil Pandey
article - May 28, 2020
Kapil Pandey, president and co-founder of the Kutumb Foundation in India, shares how young people have been mindful that it is important to ensure all sections and factions are included so that nobody feels ignored, as they tackle Covid-19 in slums.
Hannah Minks
article - May 28, 2020
Whether it’s an interfaith dialogue among students, a planning brainstorm led by staff, or critical analysis of an interfaith case study used in the classroom—it’s always better to “warm-up” rather than dive in headfirst.
Dr. Jenn Lindsay
article - May 27, 2020
What happens when religion is suspended in Rome?...Creativity, resilience, and connectedness.
Jenan Mohajir
article - May 27, 2020
Billions of Muslims around the world observed the holy month of Ramadan this year amidst the pandemic. Jenan Mohajir shares how she navigated this unique experience: “Humans are resilient. My community is resilient. My children are resilient."
Eboo Patel
article - May 26, 2020
Eboo speaks with Bob Boisture, the President of the Fetzer Institute, to learn what he means by the 'enlightenment cultural operating system' and how the current pandemic will alter the future of higher education.
Becca Hartman-Pickerill
article - May 22, 2020
Becca remembers her grandfather this Memorial Day who "In World War II...scouted out ahead of the rest of the troop, sketching & taking pictures of the terrain that the soldiers could expect to encounter" & was "part of the liberating force at Dachau
Hannah Minks
video - May 22, 2020
Leadership has many expressions – and we need every contribution in this moment. Get to know Damairis Lao – a highly experienced student leaders, bringing people together across worldview difference for the common good.
Gail J. Stearns
article - May 22, 2020
Gail Stearns offers us 10 reasons a Chaplain might be the best person when you ask: Who you gonna call?
Dr. Dilara Sayeed & Reema Kamran
article - May 21, 2020
IL Muslim Civic Coalition share how their community in Illinois, and beyond, have come together in agreement that "our responsibility to our community and our nation is to keep every person safe" - halting gatherings & mobilizing to serve others.
Parker Niles
article - May 21, 2020
IFYC Coach Parker Niles shares his “poem to figure out these feelings of being still, of time going by, in a catastrophic time.”
Eboo Patel
article - May 20, 2020
Eboo spoke with Krista Tippett about how she's looking after herself & what she thinks the world will look post-Covid-19 - “There is an incredible opening to deep structural reformation, to how we live our lives & organize our societies.”
Silma Suba
article - May 20, 2020
#NamingTheLost vigil (May 20, 2 p.m. EST) offers a public space to lament, together as a nation, the thousands lost to Covid-19.
Omer Bajwa
article - May 19, 2020
"As this pandemic has restricted us from engaging in communal Ramadan activities it has forced us to turn inward...this lockdown presents us a with unique opportunities for deeper spiritual growth through patient introspection and self-assessment."
Eboo Patel
video - May 18, 2020
This Commencement Address was delivered on May 17, 2020 by Eboo Patel, in an online ceremony celebrating the 2020 graduating class of Berea College.
David Keck
article - May 15, 2020
"Interfaith leadership formation is a safety issue." David Keck explains that a pilot and a co-pilot being able to communicate clearly from a place of mutual respect and understanding can be the difference between life and death at 35,000 ft.
Hannah Minks
video - May 14, 2020
Leadership has many expressions – and we need every contribution in this moment. Get to know student Steph Holland – starting out on his journey of bringing people together across worldview difference for the common good.
Chris Reel
article - May 13, 2020
"2020 will be forever known for its pandemic, but we, if in solidarity choose, can have it be remembered as the year the world came together in unison, creating a melody of hope so beautiful it hushed the morning songbird."
Multiple Authors
article - May 13, 2020
The University of Kansas held a Multi-Faith Dialogue fully online, gathering faculty, students, community members, and governmental officials to discuss publicly the importance of faith, spirituality, and worldviews. Read what they learned.
Interview with Zaid Jilani
article - May 12, 2020
Zaid Jilani from Greater Good tells us about the upcoming online conference - "Bridging Differences: A Virtual Summit for Dialogue and Understanding"
Brian Anderson
article - May 12, 2020
Catholic social teaching of accompaniment reminds us to listen, build mutual relationships anchored in dignity, and practice faithful patience.
Kanika Magee
article - May 11, 2020
At Howard University's virtual graduation, students insisted their name be called to celebrate an achievement that was impossible for African-Americans just a few generations ago.
Hussein Rashid
article - May 11, 2020
"During Ramadan, many Muslims try to read 1/30th of the Quran every night, so that by the end of the month, they will have read the entire text." During his reading, Hussein shares the inspiration he's drawing from "how prophets come in times of great social need."
Iqra Iftikhar
article - May 11, 2020
"I strongly recommend calling your family members/friends who struggle with depression and anxiety and checking up on them....For them, words like self-quarantine, distancing and lockdown are not new."
Mira Abou Elezz
article - May 7, 2020
This Ramadan "is as God intended, for us to contemplate the Divine and reflect on our own transience... Now more than ever the temporary nature of all that exists is made clear and we have nowhere to go and nothing we can do but accept and submit. Subhan Allah."
Eboo Patel
article - May 7, 2020
"Many colleges are going to change radically in the next couple of years. I’m hoping this is a moment in which interfaith and diversity work can elevate in significance and spread in reach."
Silma Suba
article - May 7, 2020
Three inspirational IFYC alums working on the frontlines share their stories of faith and fear - “Faith, prayer and laughter get me through depressive moments and allows me to stay calm and deescalate crisis situations.”
Suraj Arshanapally
article - May 6, 2020
“I’m using my interest in health during Covid-19 as an opportunity to expand our understanding of masculinity”
Calvin Taylor
article - May 6, 2020
“Models of Religious Diversity” provides a framework for viewers to understand how people respond to diversity, especially religious diversity.
Angie Mendoza
article - May 6, 2020
Overwhelmed by the scale of loss she was seeing around her from Covid-19, Angie Mendoza took action - launching HealingtheUnknown.com to offer peer support for 18-25 year olds experience loss and mourning.
Amar Peterman
article - May 5, 2020
Amar explains, Islam & Christianity share common values of love, generosity & hospitality - during Holy Season, can we "choose diverse community over narrow tribalism" and show that "caring for one another is not a betrayal" of faith traditions?
Ashley A. Curtis
article - May 5, 2020
"I am particularly drawn to the intersection between interfaith work and servant leadership. Through both, we equip ourselves to create powerful and impactful change to serve and support our communities – particularly during times of crisis."
Paul Raushenbush
article - May 4, 2020
When Paul's 5 year old son was asked to write about his view out of his window, he surprised with "apocalyptic literature with resonances from the Book of Revelation with its great imagery of radical transformation and realignment of the world."
Brian E. Konkol
article - May 4, 2020
“This is not the academic grand finale that any of us, especially not the Class of 2020, had expected or desired.”
Seher Siddiqee
article - May 4, 2020
"In these times of physical distancing, we are faced with the question of how we cultivate relationships through technology...The means of communication may change, but the stories remain.”
Chris Reel
article - May 1, 2020
"I find myself looking to the night’s sky for that spring full moon for answers. I wonder how many people around the world, all so very different from me, are looking at the same moon for the very same answers."
Craig T. Kocher
article - May 1, 2020
Eboo spoke with Craig T. Kocher, Chaplain at the University of Richmond - “We are all ordinary people, bound together by extraordinary relationships."
Sharif Rosen
article - May 1, 2020
“Ramadan offers one the chance to better understand one’s social context, deepen empathy and renew one’s relationship to serving the wider good.”
Multiple contributors
article - May 1, 2020
Our lives are increasingly being lived online. Join Amanda Quraishi, Simran Jeet Sing, and Joshua Stanton in conversation about the power, perils and practicality of showing interfaith leadership online.
Shelby Carpenter
article - April 30, 2020
Three leaders in the Chaplaincy Office at Tufts University share their conversation on the current pandemic and how Interfaith Leadership helped them prepare.
Paul Raushenbush
podcast - April 30, 2020
Eboo Patel spoke with Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) President and founder, Robert P. Jones, to discuss whether this crisis will unite the country or amplify old tensions.
Eboo Patel
article - April 30, 2020
"Hospital chaplains are on the front lines. They are the very picture of interfaith leadership, and Kaytlin Butler’s story is exemplary."
Multiple participants
article - April 29, 2020
Three deans of spiritual and religious life at Howard, USC and Stanford discuss how rituals of graduation will be offered in this time of physical distance, and what role ritual plays on college campuses. Access the webinar and share its clarion call
Paul Raushenbush
article - April 29, 2020
"There has been talk of a ‘new normal’ that will emerge after this pandemic. My prayer for that new normal is that that each one of us - diverse in work, race, gender, ability, and, yes, religion - are all understood as essential."
Adam Gross
article - April 29, 2020
Adam sees staying at home as an "opportunity, not a deficiency" and a time to engage your passions, perseverance, and hope in the face of such uncertainty.
Katie Gordon
article - April 28, 2020
"While there is nothing specific in the Rule of Benedict about the ways to live through a pandemic, there are principles aplenty....It is not about being grateful for everything, rather being grateful in every moment."
Lawrence Lin
article - April 27, 2020
“Interfaith interactions come in all matters of scale. A terminally-ill patient may be discussing end-of-life rituals, or a patient may be asked to remove his sacred thread before surgery.”
Jenan Mohajir
article - April 27, 2020
"While we may stand together in communal prayer, we are also apart in the most intimate of salutations with God during these Ramadan nights. But this year’s Ramadan is different....."
Eboo Patel
article - April 24, 2020
"You can’t replicate the dining hall to humanities class to religious student group to interfaith panel experience...but you can have students from all over the world in your class."
Janett I. Cordovés
video - April 24, 2020
IFYC’s Janett I. Cordovés walks through her process for adapting an in person interfaith training curriculum to a digital platform. Read her insights and watch her online facilitation to help inform your transition online.
Carr Harkrader
article - April 23, 2020
HBCU’s present work can serve as models for how higher education can reshape itself for a post-Covid world. We share some examples of what campuses are doing.
Alyssa Coffey
article - April 22, 2020
"Passover is a holiday of freedom and liberation as much as it is one of uncertainty... It doesn’t serve us well to leave our anxieties at the door when we talk about freedom."
Jessica Green
article - April 22, 2020
A Year of Courageous Conversations is using its network, vision & structure to focus on social connection amidst physical distance. Even as the crisis brings inequality & competing values to the fore, Jess Green is working to ensure that we emerge anchored in who we want to be together, tomorrow.
Tony Banout
article - April 22, 2020
'Easter dawns more like a slow meditative dawn, long shadows interrupting the fullness of sunrise, the full sun too bright to look at directly.'
Hind Makki
article - April 21, 2020
The global pandemic Covid-19 disrupted the celebrations of our Jewish, Christian and Sikh siblings; now the Muslim community is adapting to redefine what it means to have and hold community during Ramadan.
Eboo Patel
article - April 17, 2020
"Those of us involved in higher education know young people are idealistic to the core. They want to help solve the hard problems. Even as we confront this crisis, let’s save some energy to tap the idealism that it will unleash."
Calvin Taylor
article - April 17, 2020
Helpful considerations and small (but significant) steps you can take to create productive and successful online learning environments.
Calvin Taylor
article - April 17, 2020
“A better new normal requires a fundamental change in the way we posture ourselves toward one another, and to creation in general.”
Hannah Minks
article - April 17, 2020
Can online spaces ever be places for civil discourse and bridging deep divides, rather than just slinging polarizing viewpoints around? We think so - and offer some tips on how to engage.
Brian Anderson
article - April 17, 2020
We continue to hear of the inspiring ways educators are supporting students, fostering community and nurturing learning. Read the ways 15 campuses have moved their programming online, in some cases with more participation than before.
Lisa Doi
article - April 16, 2020
“This is not a time of social distancing but of physical distancing and social solidarity,” a Buddhist teacher shared. “Flatten the curve” is a real-life Buddhist teaching on interbeing that all living beings are connected
Carl J. Strikwerda
article - April 16, 2020
'Like millions of people around the world over the last few weeks, I have been largely confined to home, in my case, an apartment in Washington, D.C. Among the many lapsed activities, worshiping with others has been another missed activity.'
Silma Suba
article - April 15, 2020
Religious, spiritual, and secular organizations are offering resources and connection for students to stay in touch with their faith communities online.
Aamir Hussain
article - April 14, 2020
IFYC Alum and MD, Aamir Hussain, serving on the front lines tells us "While tragic, this Covid-19 pandemic has provided many opportunities for Muslims to uphold the core values of our religion.”
Paul Raushenbush
article - April 10, 2020
Good Friday this year will feel very close and real for many of us, who have already lost loved ones, or who are ourselves, struggling for life, asking, as Jesus did on the cross, God, why have you forsaken us?
Yaa Baker
article - April 10, 2020
As sophomore Yaa Baker spends her first Holy Week back at her parents house in years, she finds “during this "Holy Quarantine," I pray for humility. In quiet isolation, I grow in my faith.”
Becca Hartman-Pickerill
article - April 9, 2020
We've compiled some of the best examples we've seen of student affairs professionals offering ongoing support to their student bodies through new resources, video messages, and virtual events.
John D. Barton
article - April 8, 2020
'It is reasoned that the conviction that Jesus Christ is “the way and the truth and the life” discourages participation because it compromises Christian loyalties. That, however, is a misunderstanding of the message of Easter.'
Interview by: Paul Raushenbush
article - April 8, 2020
Rev. James Martin tells us this year's Holy Week differs - 'sometimes, on Good Friday, we meditate on Christ’s suffering; but I think this Good Friday, we are inviting Jesus into ours. Christ comes to accompany us in our suffering and we in his.'
Leo Lambert
article - April 8, 2020
Elon University's President, Leo Lambert, underlines the need for nourishing human connection in the virtual world and believes, like the university's phoenix mascot, 'our time for rising from this crisis will soon be here.'
Harmeet Kaur Kamboj
article - April 7, 2020
IFYC alum and M.A. student at Union Theological Seminary, Harmeet, shares how her Sikh faith calls for chardi kala - the principle of embracing 'rising spirits in the face of hopeless odds.'
Dr. Mary Hinton
article - April 7, 2020
Dr. Hinton faces the same challenges and tough decisions as many higher education leaders as President of the College of Saint Benedict right now. But she is using hope as a 'mobilizing force' with her colleagues, students, and neighbors.
Silma Suba
video - April 6, 2020
Hillel International's Vice President for Jewish Education, Rabbi Benjamin Berger shares how Passover itself reminds the Jewish community of how resilient they are, and how the traditions can still be upheld in creative, virtual ways.
Rabbi Joshua Stanton
article - April 6, 2020
IFYC alum and Rabbi at East End Temple, Josh Stanton, invites us to 'broaden what it means to be together around a Seder table' and join the world's largest virtual Seder this Passover.
Calvin Taylor
article - April 3, 2020
.Our Teaching Interfaith Understanding syllabi library is full of ready to use course materials, activities, and assignments. We've picked out some of our favorites for online adaptation.
Eboo Patel
article - April 3, 2020
The U.S. has a rich history of interfaith leaders collaborating during times of acute crisis. Now is no different - as one IFYC alum and front line medic told Eboo, it's 'interfaith cooperation that’s saving lives'.
Lindy Backues
article - April 2, 2020
This South Philadelphia neighborhood has a long and vibrant history of interfaith cooperation and valuing the contributions of their diverse neighbors. Those ties are proving vital in facing this crisis together.
Alexander Levering Kern
article - April 1, 2020
Alexander Levering Kern from Northeastern University's Center for Spirituality, shares some spiritual tools and tips for looking after yourself and those around you during turbulent times.
Hannah Willage
article - April 1, 2020
Hannah shares her insights as a seasoned community organizer of how to adapt interfaith leadership skills, tools, and spirit to be effective for this current moment. Tip one - don't postpone!
Silma Suba
article - March 31, 2020
Their campuses have closed, some have had to leave the country, and yet these three student interfaith leaders - Iyleah, Sohini, and Alyssa - are still findings ways to convene and support their fellow students.
Paul Raushenbush
article - March 30, 2020
Southern New Hampshire University's President, Paul LeBlanc spoke with other leaders in online education about how the skills to navigate a diverse society are not only possible to teach online, but are essential skills for future leaders.
Eboo Patel
article - March 27, 2020
How do we support each other in this “new normal?” This was one of many questions that IFYC’s founder and president, Eboo Patel, discussed in our March 26 webinar about interfaith work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mary Ellen Giess
article - March 27, 2020
This video showcases the friendship between IFYC’s alumni Hannah Minks, a Roman Catholic, and Usra Ghazi, a Muslim. Listen to them tell the story of their friendship and explore the tensions that arose when they discovered fundamental disagreements.
Hannah Minks
article - March 27, 2020
In the moment of Covid-19, what does interfaith leadership look like? We all must strike the tough balance between taking care of ourselves under such remarkable circumstances and recognizing that others need our help too.
Mary Ellen Giess
article - March 27, 2020
Being off campus doesn't mean interfaith education must grind to a halt. As educators imagine a completely online educational landscape for the duration of the academic year, including interfaith courses and programs, these resources can help.
Carr Harkrader
article - March 27, 2020
We dug back into IFYC's Common Knowledge podcast archive to find the most informative and inspirational podcasts for this time - we hear from civic leaders about the arts, medicine and food.
Janett I. Cordovés
article - March 27, 2020
Moving your lessons online at short notice is a big task and we want to help. We've collated our top 5 online pedagogy resources to help you elevate your online instruction.
Hannah Kardon
article - March 27, 2020
IFYC alumna Hannah Kardon is a pastor of Urban Village Church. She shares how her community is working out new ways to remain connected - including Zoom sing-alongs, text circles and social media prayer.
Jenan Mohajir
article - March 27, 2020
As Jenan grapples with the concern of her children potentially having Covid-19 in her multigenerational Muslim home, she discovers new ways to practice her faith while prioritizing safety.
Tahil Sharma
article - March 27, 2020
IFYC alumnus, Tahil Sharma, shares his best practices for maintaining virtual interconnectedness during isolation to restore hope, acknowledge mutual grief and share joy.

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