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

The Covid-19 pandemic, alongside the massive uprisings sparked by the murder of George Floyd, reveals the brokenness of American democracy. Instead of pushing us further apart, this historic time holds the potential to unite Americans in common purpose.

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.

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 Future of Chaplaincy & How to Heal

Nov 12, 2020 12:PM AM CST

The religious, spiritual and secular demographics of the US are changing and, with them, the role of chaplaincy. After months of protests against systemic racism, bitter partisan battles, and social distancing amidst an ongoing global pandemic, how can we heal? Join Tahara Akmal, Wendy Cadge, Micky Scottbey Jones, and Joe Morrow for a rich conversation.

Rev. Joe Morrow

Pastor of Discipleship

About the Speaker

Rev. Joe Morrow, Pastor of Discipleship at 4th Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL. Joe is the former chair of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board and vice-chair of the Mission Responsibility Toward Investment (MRTI) committee...

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About the Speaker

Rev. Joe Morrow, Pastor of Discipleship at 4th Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL. Joe is the former chair of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board and vice-chair of the Mission Responsibility Toward Investment (MRTI) committee of the denomination. Rev. Morrow has worked in congregational, non-profit, higher education, and corporate settings. He holds degrees from North Park Theology Seminary and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Joe is husband to Sung Yeon and father to Ella.

Micky ScottBey Jones

Director of Resilience and Healing Initiatives

About the Speaker

Micky ScottBey Jones, the Justice Doula, is an author, speaker & facilitator. Micky is the Director of Resilience and Healing Initiatives with the Faith Matters Network and was a core team member with...

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About the Speaker

Micky ScottBey Jones, the Justice Doula, is an author, speaker & facilitator. Micky is the Director of Resilience and Healing Initiatives with the Faith Matters Network and was a core team member with The People’s Supper who gathered more than 10,000 people around tables after the 2016 U.S. election for bridging and healing conversations. She is the author of Keep the Fires Burning: Conquering Stress and Burnout as a Mother-Baby Professional (Hale Publishing, 2011) and contributing author of Becoming Like Creoles: Living and Leading at the Intersections of Injustice, Culture and Religion and Keep Watch With Me: An Advent Reader for Peacemakers. Micky leads the Daring Compassion Movement Chaplaincy Project, training hundreds in world-wide, multi-faith explorations of the emerging field of movement chaplaincy. Follow Micky at facebook.com/MSJSpeaks/ and @iammickyjones

Tahara Akmal

Clinical Pastoral Education Manager

About the Speaker

Tahara Akmal is the Clinical Pastoral Education Manager and a Chaplain at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in DC. Tahara is a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains...

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About the Speaker

Tahara Akmal is the Clinical Pastoral Education Manager and a Chaplain at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in DC. Tahara is a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. In 2016, Tahara received the Muslim American Chaplain’s Association Lifetime Achievement Award, an annual recognition for an individual that demonstrates excellence in service to humanity. Tahara earned a B.A. degree in psychology focused on ministry and leadership from Vanguard University in California. She earned a M.A. degree in Islam and pastoral counseling from Claremont School of Theology, also in California. Tahara is a Ph.D. candidate at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Wendy Cadge

Professor in the Department of Sociology

About the Speaker

Wendy Cadge is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University. She is an expert in contemporary American religion, especially related to religion...

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About the Speaker

Wendy Cadge is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University. She is an expert in contemporary American religion, especially related to religion in public institutions, religious diversity, religion and immigration, and religious and moral aspects of healthcare. She is the author of two books, Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine and Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America, and a co-editor of Religion on the Edge: De-Centering and Re-Centering the Sociology of Religion. She founded and co-directed the Transforming Chaplaincy Project from 2015 to 2019, and in 2018 launched the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab. An award-winning teacher, she has published more than seventy-five articles and raised more than $6.5 million in support of her own research and teaching and that of colleagues. On campus she is the Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and the Social Science Division Head in the School of Arts & Sciences. @chaplainlab.

WE ARE EACH OTHER’S FUND

The first application cycle for the We Are Each Other's Fund is closed. We anticipate releasing new funding opportunities later this fall; please keep an eye on this space for updated deadlines and application materials!

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.