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 Day After the Election: Centering Racial Equity in Building Interfaith America

Oct 7, 2020 11:00 AM CST

What do we do the day after the election? What is the America we are building together? In this molten moment of a global pandemic, centering racial equity in America's civic life, and reimagining everything from worship to work, we have an opportunity. Join moderator Hind Makki and panelists Zina Jacque, Pardeep Kaleka and John Wood, Jr. for a rich discussion of preparing to live and lead in 2021 America.

Hind Makki

Interfaith & Anti-Racism Educator

About the Speaker

Hind Makki, is an interfaith and anti-racism educator who holds a degree in International Relations from Brown University. A former fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, Hind is the founder and curator of Side Entrance...

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About the Speaker

Hind Makki, is an interfaith and anti-racism educator who holds a degree in International Relations from Brown University. A former fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, Hind is the founder and curator of Side Entrance, an award-winning website documenting Muslim women’s prayer experiences. She is an Educator with The Institute for Social Policy & Understanding, and was an advisor to their “Reimagining Muslim Spaces” study, consulting with American mosques on gender and racial diversity. In 2018, Hind was featured as one of CNN’s 25 Influential American Muslims. Locally, Hind serves on the advisory boards of the Br. Jeffrey Gros, FSC Institute for Dialogue, Justice, and Social Action at Lewis University and the Chicago History Museum’s exhibit “American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago."  You can find panelist bios below.

Pardeep Kaleka

Executive Director of Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee

About the Speaker

Executive Director of Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Founder of Serve2Unite, Published Author of “The Gifts of Our Wounds,” and Clinician specializing in utilizing a trauma-informed...

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About the Speaker

Executive Director of Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Founder of Serve2Unite, Published Author of “The Gifts of Our Wounds,” and Clinician specializing in utilizing a trauma-informed approach to treat survivors and perpetrators of assault, abuse and acts of violence. A native of Punjab, India, Pardeep Singh Kaleka grew up in Milwaukee, WI. As a former Police Officer and Educator in the city of Milwaukee, Pardeep understands some of the difficulties facing our communities locally and abroad. Both in his practice and out, Pardeep's passion remains one of healing and transformation and his hope is to engage communities in building healthy social fabric and communal identity.

Zina Jacque

Pastor of Community Church of Barrington

About the Speaker

Rev. Zina Jacque, PhD, is the Lead Pastor of the Community Church of Barrington in Illinois. She has done extensive work in the areas of faith, spirituality, education, counseling...

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About the Speaker

Rev. Zina Jacque, PhD, is the Lead Pastor of the Community Church of Barrington in Illinois. She has done extensive work in the areas of faith, spirituality, education, counseling, and support programs. She has worked in the church and not for profit realms, founding the Pastoral Counseling Center of Trinity Church Boston and serving as the first Executive Director of the Boston Ten Point Coalition. Currently, she serves as one of three founders and a host for A Year of Courageous Conversations (www.courageousconversations.us). This pivotal project has engaged over 1,000 members of the local community in a dialogue series fostering greater inclusion and belonging. Jacque is described as an agent of change, a voice of hope and a source of faith.

John Wood Jr.

National Leader with Braver Angels

About the Speaker

John Wood Jr. is a national leader for Braver Angels, a former nominee for congress, former Vice-Chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, musical artist...

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About the Speaker

John Wood Jr. is a national leader for Braver Angels, a former nominee for congress, former Vice-Chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, musical artist and a noted writer and speaker on subjects including racial and political reconciliation.

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.