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12 Black Interfaith Leaders That Shaped America

The following list of Black Americans, including Pauli Murray, all have showcased the “illimitable heights” (another insightful line from Murray) America can reach when we demand justice, life, and liberty for all.  

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Living in Courage on this Trans Buddhist Path

"Each of our existences interconnects. Buddhism calls me to see clearly into the nature of suffering, and to transform that suffering so that living, for each of us, can be a source of home and refuge."

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Home is Here . . . for now

"The Supreme Court victory on DACA was nothing short of a miracle in that sense. We can take a moment to breathe and celebrate this win, but the struggle continues for a permanent solution. Thankfully, God is still working."

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Ps. 139: Dean Thurman and Reb Zalman

Rabbi Or Rose introduces an audio recording of Rev. Howard Thurman, the renowned theologian, educator, and preacher, reciting and speaking about his love for Psalm 139.

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What Public Universities Can Do About Religion

Public higher education has an important role in this national moment. This report shares promising practices for colleges and universities nurturing a culture of civic religious pluralism and strengthening our diverse democracy.

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12 Black Interfaith Leaders That Shaped America
Living in Courage on this Trans Buddhist Path
Home is Here . . . for now
Ps. 139: Dean Thurman and Reb Zalman
What Public Universities Can Do About Religion

INTERFAITH AMERICA

Alex Kappus
article - July 2, 2020
"As leaders and communities navigate the challenges of COVID-19, I hope we will all consider taking the time to foster inclusion and hope for a better tomorrow through intentionally designed virtual spaces"
Carr Harkrader
article - July 1, 2020
The following list of Black Americans, including Pauli Murray, all have showcased the “illimitable heights” (another insightful line from Murray) America can reach when we demand justice, life, and liberty for all.  
Ray Buckner
article - July 1, 2020
"Each of our existences interconnects. Buddhism calls me to see clearly into the nature of suffering, and to transform that suffering so that living, for each of us, can be a source of home and refuge."
Howard Thurman & Or Rose
article - July 1, 2020
Rabbi Or Rose introduces an audio recording of Rev. Howard Thurman, the renowned theologian, educator, and preacher, reciting and speaking about his love for Psalm 139.
Rev. Alexis Vaughan Kassim
article - July 1, 2020
"The Supreme Court victory on DACA was nothing short of a miracle in that sense. We can take a moment to breathe and celebrate this win, but the struggle continues for a permanent solution. Thankfully, God is still working."
Maya Williams
article - June 30, 2020
Inspired by Baháʼí poet Anis Mojgani's poem "Shake the Dust," Maya Williams wrote this heartfelt poem to admire the different kinds of people who come together differently within their worldviews.
Becca Hartman-Pickerill
article - June 29, 2020
Public higher education has an important role in this national moment. This report shares promising practices for colleges and universities nurturing a culture of civic religious pluralism and strengthening our diverse democracy.
Multiple Authors
video - June 29, 2020
Laurie Patton and Eboo are hosting a series of webinars on Interfaith Studies as a way to support faculty as they negotiate rapid changes in higher education and shifting campus environments. The first focusing on racial equity and interfaith work.
Reverend James Martin
article - June 29, 2020
Rev. James Martin shares his professional and spiritual experience with Psalm 139.
Eboo Patel
article - June 26, 2020
Eboo speaks with famous businessman Steve Sarowitz to understand how he is inspired by his faith to fight against racism: "If the system is broken, you can’t keep the system, even if it’s messy to get rid of it."
Norman Fischer
article - June 25, 2020
"Your Unsayable Name: it covers all the earth And your presence extends ever outward From the furthest conceivable point"
Gwen Stembridge
article - June 25, 2020
"We need to celebrate Kimmy and other Black trans folks while they are alive. It is a celebration with an asterisk; a celebration with the recognition that this is not a full win until it is a full win for everyone."
Rev. Laura C. Engelken
article - June 25, 2020
Rev. Laura C. Engelken, ordained minister, and student affairs professional, shared how the Supreme Court ruling to protect LGBT workers is deeply personal. "The first time I lost a job due to my sexuality, the attack was clearly articulated."
Hannah Minks
video - June 24, 2020
Two IFYC Alum, Kevin Singer and Usra Ghazi, highlight the importance of being a part of the IFYC Alumni Network while discussing the role interfaith work has played in their lives.
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
article - June 24, 2020
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld moves through Psalm 8, offering deep and poetic meditations, reflecting on the relationship between God, humanity, and all of creation.
Silma Suba
article - June 23, 2020
Micheal Brown wants to create impactful change around racial justice at Stanford through advocacy and activism -- but for him, the fight to improve Black lives in America is not just limited within his campus walls, it is a lifetime commitment.
Eboo Patel with Rev. Jen Bailey
article - June 23, 2020
A key insight from Eboos conversation with Rev Jen Bailey: The people in the Black Lives Matter movement who did the frontline responding and the disrupting did their work so well that they changed the space entirely, now we need to do our work well.
Hannah Minks
article - June 22, 2020
In this unique summer season, IFYC wants to share a window into our incredible team by regularly sharing playlists from team members. This week's contribution is from Hannah Minks, Program Manager at IFYC.
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
article - June 22, 2020
"But as we witness the tearing down of these modern idols, we also need to ask what comes next. Can we imagine a new national landscape that is more just, more compassionate, and more sustainable?"
Anand Venkatkrishnan
article - June 19, 2020
"To be a Hindu-Muslim couple is inherently political. It emerges defiant from the long shadow of Partition. It troubles the boundaries of caste that separate people. It resists the forces that pull us apart."
Simran Jeet Singh
article - June 19, 2020
Simran wrote the book he had yearned for as a child - one that humanized Sikhs. When he read it with his three-year-old, she squealed with joy when to see the subject, Fauja Singh, doing his daughter’s hair - “Hey! That’s you and me every morning!”

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