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

A year after George Floyd's murder: How Black Interfaith can give hope to America

June 2, 2021 11AM CST

May 25 marks the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, which sparked a summer of global protest and public commitments to root out racial inequity. This tragedy inspired IFYC’s team to ask a simple question, what if Black people, stories and leadership were at the center of US interfaith cooperation work? Join moderator Rev. Fred Davie, who will be joining IFYC as Senior Advisor for Racial Equity in June, in conversation with partners in the Black Interfaith initiative to reflect on the year that has been and look ahead to the year to come.

Alia Bilal

Deputy Director, Inner City Muslim Action Network

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Alia Bilal is Deputy Director at the Inner City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). She is responsible for overseeing the Inner City Muslim Action Network’s development and...

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Alia Bilal is Deputy Director at the Inner City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). She is responsible for overseeing the Inner City Muslim Action Network’s development and communications functions and engaging other organizations and institutions around strategic programs and initiatives. In her over eleven years at IMAN, Alia has worked on development, community organizing, and policy, advocating on issues related to food, criminal, and juvenile justice, and strategizing around creative new ways to get healthy foods and safe physical activities into Chicago neighborhoods. A native of Chicago’s South Side, Alia graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in International Studies and a concentration in Islamic World Studies. She is a graduate of the Civic Leadership Academy at the University of Chicago and was an appointee of the Equity Advisory Council of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. Alia lives with her husband and two sons on Chicago’s South Side.

Anthea Butler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania

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Anthea Butler, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her new book White Evangelical Racism...

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Anthea Butler, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her new book White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America, is out March 2021 on Ferris and Ferris, a division of UNC Press.

Rev. Adam Russell Taylor

President, Sojourners

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Rev. Adam Russell Taylor is president of Sojourners and author of Mobilizing Hope: Faith-Inspired Activism for a Post Civil Rights Generation. His forthcoming book A...

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Rev. Adam Russell Taylor is president of Sojourners and author of Mobilizing Hope: Faith-Inspired Activism for a Post Civil Rights Generation. His forthcoming book A More Perfect Union is out September 14. Taylor previously led the Faith Initiative at the World Bank Group and served as the executive director of Global Justice. He was selected for the 2009/2010 White House Fellows to serve in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs and Public Engagement. Taylor is a graduate of Emory University, the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. Taylor also serves on the Global Advisory Board of Tearfund UK and is a member of the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute Civil Society Fellowship. Taylor is ordained in the American Baptist Church and the Progressive National Baptist Convention and serves in ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va.

Rev. Eric Lewis Williams, Ph.D.

Curator of Religion, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

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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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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.