we are each other’s harvest: we are each other’s business: we are each other’s magnitude & bond.

- Gwendolyn Brooks

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The ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, economic recession, and now the election has revealed the brokenness of American democracy. In these moments of crises, instead of furthering our existing divides, we have a unique opportunity to begin the work of bridging Americans in common purpose.

IFYC invites you to take part in We Are Each Other’s, a campaign to activate and support interfaith leaders responding to these current national crises.

We Are Each Other’s equips young people to engage in acts of interfaith cooperation, anti-racism, and service with their communities. Find out more about We Are Each Other’s curricular tools and connection opportunities below.

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GWENDOLYN BROOKS

The Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black Pulitzer Prize winner, authored a poem in memory of Black actor and activist Paul Robeson, celebrating how Robeson’s life called upon people to be part of something bigger than themselves. Her words have long inspired IFYC for their powerful reminder that our lives are deeply interconnected: we are each other’s harvest: we are each other’s business: we are each other’s magnitude & bond.

The Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing reality of racial inequity in America clearly demonstrate the extent to which our individual and communal destinies are interconnected. In a national moment fraught with division, Brooks’s words remind us again of this essential task: to build an equitable America where our diversity is a source of strength.

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Curricular Tracks

All tracks are hosted on the LRNG platform in the format of playlists, which includes a series of activities that can be engaged individually or as an overall track. Participants who go through entire playlists will be awarded a badge backed by IFYC and LRNG.

We Are Each Other’s: Getting Started

This simple curriculum offers any participant an easy way to engage in interfaith reflection and action relevant to our current national context. Ideal for participants new to interfaith work or online learning, this track offers introductory interfaith learning and a straightforward call to action to engage in concrete acts of service.

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We Are Each Other’s: Interfaith Leadership 101

This curriculum includes a comprehensive introductory overview of interfaith leadership. Ideal for participants who are ready to start their journey toward interfaith leadership in earnest, this track covers the vision, knowledgebase, and skillsets of interfaith leadership, alongside personal reflection opportunities. The curriculum consists of videos, readings, and interactive assignments for customizable use in a variety of educational settings.

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We Are Each Other’s: Interfaith Cooperation & Civil Rights

This curriculum will explore the connections between interfaith cooperation and the historic movement for civil rights in the U.S. context. Ideal for participants looking to leverage their interfaith leadership to contribute to contemporary racial justice efforts, this track asks participants to reflect on the role they wish to play in this work, includes an in-depth look at the interfaith connections behind the Selma Voting Rights Campaign, and invites participants to act on the intersections between religion and race in contemporary America. The curriculum was developed in partnership with IFYC alumna and Faith Matters Network Founder and President, Rev. Jennifer Bailey, and features a video of her discussing the intersection of interfaith cooperation and racial equity in her own life.

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Public Conversation Series

The People's Inauguration: Bridgebuilding in a Time of Turmoil

Jan 14, 2021 12PM CST

As we prepare for a new administration, this session brings together field leaders who have been doing the hard work of Bridgebuilding for years. This work is not about agreement or ignoring differences; it is about how to find the common ground for understanding and collaboration. Join these speakers for a conversation, moderated by Rev. Jen Bailey, Founder and Executive Director of Faith Matters Network.

Mandisa Thomas

Founder and President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc.

About the Speaker

Mandisa Thomas is the founder and president of Black Nonbelievers, Inc., a nonprofit support and engagement organization for black atheists (and allies). Mandisa is on the board...

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About the Speaker

Mandisa Thomas is the founder and president of Black Nonbelievers, Inc., a nonprofit support and engagement organization for black atheists (and allies). Mandisa is on the board for American Atheists, and has served on the boards of Foundation Beyond Belief, and the Secular Coalition for America. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN.com, JET Magazine, and NPR. Connect with Black Nonbelievers at: (Facebook) Black Nonbelievers; (Instagram) @bnonbelieversinc, (Twitter) @BNonbelievers, and (YouTube) BlackNonbelieversInc. BN website: www.blacknonbelievers.org

Kalia Abiade

Managing Director for Strategy and Partnerships at the Pillars Fund

About the Speaker

Kalia Abiade is the Managing Director for Strategy and Partnerships at the Pillars Fund. Prior to joining Pillars, she spent four years working with community-based organizations, faith groups...

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About the Speaker

Kalia Abiade is the Managing Director for Strategy and Partnerships at the Pillars Fund. Prior to joining Pillars, she spent four years working with community-based organizations, faith groups, and national coalitions to advance justice for immigrants, Muslims, and communities of color in the U.S. Kalia has 15+ years of experience as a newspaper journalist and editor, and her analysis has been cited in The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, NPR, PRI, and the AP. She serves on the board of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and is part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation TRHT initiative. Kalia is a graduate of the University of Florida and lives on Chicago’s South Side with her husband and their children.

Simran Jeet Singh, Ph.D

Senior Adviser for Diversity and Inclusion at YSC Consulting

About the Speaker

Simran Jeet Singh, Ph.D, is a writer, teacher, scholar, and activist. Simran is Senior Adviser for Diversity and Inclusion at YSC Consulting. He is a Soros Equality Fellow with the Open Society Foundation...

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Simran Jeet Singh, Ph.D, is a writer, teacher, scholar, and activist. Simran is Senior Adviser for Diversity and Inclusion at YSC Consulting. He is a Soros Equality Fellow with the Open Society Foundation, and he hosts two shows: a video web series titled Becoming Less Racist: Lighting the Path to Anti-Racism, and Spirited, an interview-based podcast that explores diverse perspectives on faith and justice. Simran is the author of a new children's book from Penguin Random House (Kokila)– Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon – the first from a major publisher to feature a Sikh story. Simran serves on presidential candidate Joe Biden’s AAPI Faith Advisory Committee and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Interfaith Advisory Committee. He is a senior fellow for the Sikh Coalition, a columnist for Religion News Service, a spiritual/religious life advisor at NYU and Columbia University, and is a visiting professor at Union Seminary. You can connect with Simran Jeet Singh on twitter @sikhprof and instagram @sikhprof.

Branden S. Polk

Program Officer at Stand Together

About the Speaker

Branden S. Polk is a program officer at Stand Together and the Charles Koch Institute focused on racial justice and Courageous Collaborations, an initiative that is surfacing cures for the roots of intolerance...

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About the Speaker

Branden S. Polk is a program officer at Stand Together and the Charles Koch Institute focused on racial justice and Courageous Collaborations, an initiative that is surfacing cures for the roots of intolerance, inspiring people to come together across lines of difference in order to heal the country’s divisions and discover solutions to our most intractable problems. He is a licensed social worker and creative artist that has devoted his career to removing barriers for the most vulnerable in our society. Branden received his undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Theater from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is also a graduate of George Mason University where he received his master’s degree in social work. Follow Branden on Instagram at brandenpolk, and on Twitter at @brandenspolk.

WE ARE EACH OTHER’S FUND

A second round of funding is available for IFYC Alumni to receive Racial Equity & Interfaith Cooperation awards of $1000 and Starter Awards of $500. The deadline for this round is February 15th, 2021.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is We Are Each Other’s

We Are Each Other’s is a campaign developed by IFYC to activate and support interfaith leaders responding to the current national crises. IFYC believes that interfaith leaders are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of this national moment, and We Are Each Other’s is the set of curricula, funding, and connection opportunities that IFYC has developed to support that engagement.

Who is the target audience for We Are Each Other’s?

Everyone! Anyone has the capacity to act as an interfaith leader. While IFYC designed this campaign with our key higher education and IFYC alumni partners in mind, we hope the tools will also be useful for a broader set of civic and educational leaders who want to engage in acts of service across lines of difference in this critical time.

Who is eligible to apply for the grants connected with We Are Each Other’s?

Because of IFYC’s organizational focus, grants are available for higher education professionals and IFYC alumni. College & university faculty, staff, and administrators are eligible to apply and do not need to be existing members of IFYC’s network. IFYC alumni are young college graduates who have participated in IFYC programs and/or have completed We Are Each Other’s playlists.

Who can use We Are Each Other’s curricula?

Anyone! While the tracks are designed for college-aged learners (with the explicit hope that educators on college campuses will utilize and adapt these tools for their educational activities in the 2020-2021 academic year), anyone can utilize these playlists. Learners will need to make an LRNG profile to access the materials.

How can my organization partner with IFYC around We Are Each Other’s?

We were hoping you would ask that! IFYC is currently pursuing a variety of organizational partnerships to support this important campaign. Please email Mary Ellen Giess (maryellen@ifyc.org) to learn more.