Changemaker Nomination: Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)

Here’s what Katie has to say about this fearless organization:

“Interfaith Youth Core is the nation’s leading nonprofit devoted to a bold and fearless cause – making interfaith cooperation a social norm. While religion is all too frequently a barrier of division, as we’ve seen enacted in the 21st century, IFYC believes that faith should be a bridge of cooperation that strengthens civil society and promotes the common good. In fact, IFYC believes that the history of the United States is one in which a successive generation of interfaith leaders has pushed back the forces of religious prejudice in the name of religious pluralism, and that it is incumbent on those of us in this generation to write the next chapter in this American story. To achieve its mission, IFYC trains and mobilizes a critical mass of college students as interfaith leaders who bring together their diverse peers under the shared value of service. I believe that IFYC embodies the Fearless Changemaker persona in mission and action – through its work to fight religious bigotry, one of the foremost national and global issues of our generation, by creating a movement of young people of religious and secular backgrounds to build shared community.”

A little more info:

18_IFYC“We live at a time when people of different faith backgrounds are interacting with greater frequency than ever before. We hear the stories of people who seek to make faith a barrier of division or a bomb of destruction all too often. Instead, we view religious and philosophical traditions as bridges of cooperation. Our interfaith movement builds religious pluralism.

We define religious pluralism as a world characterized by:

  • Respect for people’s diverse religious and non-religious identities,
  • Mutually inspiring relationships between people of different backgrounds, and
  • Common action for the common good.

We think pluralism is achieved by two things:

  • The science of interfaith cooperation: by creating positive, meaningful relationships across differences, and fostering appreciative knowledge of other traditions, attitudes improve, knowledge increases, and more relationships occur. These three are mutually reinforcing and backed by social science data, what we call the “interfaith triangle”.
  • The art of interfaith leadership: people who create and foster opportunities for positive knowledge and opportunities for engagement move others around the interfaith triangle and lead to a community marked by pluralism.

We believe that American college students, supported by their campuses, can be the interfaith leaders needed to make religion a bridge and not a barrier.”

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