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. So far, IFYC has awarded over 150 educators, students, and alumni to build stronger bridges on their campuses and in their communities. And we are not done!

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

Candace Moore on Racial Equity and Interfaith Leadership in America’s 3rd Largest City

Apr 13, 2021 1PM CST

It’s about process and outcomes. It’s about what’s happening in City Hall and what’s happening in communities. It’s about COVID-19, partnering with communities whose voices have often been shut out, and much more. Join IFYC’s Senior Director Jenan Mohajir in conversation with Candace Moore, the City of Chicago’s first-ever Chief Equity Officer, leading the new Office of Equity and Racial Justice. They will discuss how Ms. Moore, now 18 months into this role, sees religious communities, and the ability to engage across deep difference, as essential to pursuing equity.

Candace Moore

Chicago’s first-ever Chief Equity Officer

About the Speaker

Upon taking office, Chicago’s new mayor, Lori Lightfoot, appointed Candace Moore to serve as the City’s first Chief Equity Officer. Charged with leading the new...

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About the Speaker

Upon taking office, Chicago’s new mayor, Lori Lightfoot, appointed Candace Moore to serve as the City’s first Chief Equity Officer. Charged with leading the new Office of Equity and Racial Justice, Candace has been tasked with advancing policies and practices that promote equitable outcomes across city services and resources. Candace‘s dedication to public service and advocacy is fueled by her own trials and triumphs as well as countless stories of people who continue to be unfairly met with systemic barriers. Additionally, her work illustrates thought leadership and advocacy surrounding her deep commitment to empowering people to develop their own voice.

Jenan Mohajir

Senior Director of Leadership at IFYC

About the Speaker

Inspired by faith and family to work for change at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and religion, Jenan Mohajir has served in a leadership position at IFYC for...

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About the Speaker

Inspired by faith and family to work for change at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and religion, Jenan Mohajir has served in a leadership position at IFYC for thirteen years. For over a decade, Jenan has trained hundreds of young people from both religious and secular backgrounds to foster a vision and practice of civically engaged interfaith leadership. Featured on National Public Radio and participating in interfaith conference panels across the country, Jenan holds a BS in elementary education and Islamic studies from DePaul University, and is currently pursuing her MA in religious studies at Chicago Theological Seminary. She volunteers with Sirat Chicago, a neighborhood space that fosters a healthy community by supporting initiatives centered upon service and worship, education and arts, and family life. Living on the south side of Chicago with her husband and three children, Jenan is an enthusiastic collector of old children’s books.

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.