IFYC-CRCC "Welcoming Our Neighbors."
Hosted by Drew’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict
36 Madison Avenue
Madison, New Jersey 07940
No cost other than your own transportation/lodging.
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Limited housing is available on campus. Contact: Prof. Jonathan Golden email@example.com
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Virtually all faiths encourage us to extend hospitality and empathy to strangers, and with the inevitable inter-religious and inter-cultural encounters taking place between newcomers and their hosts, it is critical that we rise to the challenge.
The campus lab is designed to encourage active interfaith engagement on campus through student, staff and faculty leadership development.
One of the most effective ways to teach and promote interfaith activity is by engaging students in meaningful service projects that help them put the ideals of their faith and/or ethical inspiration into practice.
Today, there are more refugees than at any time since World War II. This challenge creates an opportunity for teaching interfaith engagement through service because it brings people together around core common values: showing hospitality to the stranger and helping those in need.
Thus, the theme of the conference: “Welcoming our Neighbors.”
Questions? Contact Professor Jonathan Golden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drew University Center on Religion Culture and Conflict (CRCC), in partnership with Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), is pleased to announce the “Campus Lab” interfaith conference on Drew’s campus in Spring 2018. This program is designed to encourage interfaith engagement on campus by helping to develop student, staff and faculty leadership at colleges throughout New Jersey and the northeast region.
Session 1: Getting to Know You
In our first session, students will discuss key terms, like diversity, civic pluralism, and interfaith cooperation, in order to have a common definition and framework for understanding the weekend.
These themes and concepts will be illuminated using examples from IFYC’s national network and participants’ personal experiences from their campus organizations.
Session 2: Engaging Religious Difference
This session will be divided for those new to interfaith work and those who have experienced IFYC programs before. Engaging in interfaith work and building interfaith cooperation means that obstacles will inevitably arise as you engage across lines of religious difference. Students will have a chance to role play scenarios that they are likely to face as they seek to make interfaith cooperation on a social norm. For more advanced students, they will work through a case scenario and delve deeper into how best to address systemic change.
Session 3: Putting Skills to Action
From asset mapping to campus mobilizing, this session will focus on how to get your campus organization started and noticed. We will discuss strategies to build your network and how to structure programs and meetings to help you flourish.
Session 4: Bringing It All Together
In the final session, we will take a moment to reflect on what we’ve learned, debrief the service project, and finalize our action plans. You will leave this session with a firm sense of your identity and what your next steps should be as you take this knowledge back to campus and implement your interfaith leadership.
Shannon Copp, is IFYC Student Leadership Manager. She works on all things Better Together, from social media and communications to student leadership development. Shannon graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in East Asian Religions and her graduate work at the University of Chicago Divinity School focused on interfaith peacebuilding. Her mission as part of the student leadership team is to help interfaith conversations turn into action outside of the classroom. Outside of IFYC, Shannon’s personal mission is to find the perfect board game for each person she meets.
Jonathan Golden is Director of the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict at Drew University, an interdisciplinary center focused on global peacebuilding and interfaith leadership. http://www.drew.edu/crcc/. He is Convener of the Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Leadership at Drew, where he teaches Comparative Religion and Anthropology. He teaches courses on interfaith leadership, peace and conflict studies, and the Middle East, and won the Thomas Kean Scholar/Mentor Award in 2016. Golden is author of two books and numerous articles, and is currently working on a third book based on interviews with ex-combatants and victims of conflict that become peace activists. Golden has a B.A. from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and holds several certificates in conflict resolution. He works closely with interfaith and peace organizations in NJ and around the world.
As a senior biology major with minors in public health and leadership for social action, Leah has made interfaith work a focal part of her four years at Drew University. Leah has taken an instrumental role in the CRCC fellows program, especially though her involvement with the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, the Summer Interfaith Institute, and the Interfaith Youth Core. This past April, Leah was selected to become a coach with IFYC, where she helped lead the August ILI in Chicago.
Dr. Chaudry graduated from the London School of Economics in 1967 and earned a Ph. D. in Economics from Tufts University (1972). He worked at AT&T from 1968 to 1998, serving as CFO of its Public Relations Division.
Dr. Chaudry has taught at Rutgers University, Raritan Valley Community College in the Business and Public Service Department. Beginning in 2013, he has been lecturing on Islam and Muslims at the New Jersey State Police Academy as a part of cultural awareness training for law enforcement officials. Dr. Chaudry has co-authored a college level textbook on Islam & Muslims with Dr. Robert Crane (Special edition 2010; Expanded full edition is expected to be published in 2015).
He was elected to the Bernards Township Board of Education (1990 to 1995) in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. He was elected to the Bernards Twp Committee in November 2001, (2002-2004), served as Deputy Mayor in 2003 and as Mayor in 2004, becoming the first Pakistani-born Mayor in America. Governor Chris Christie appointed him to a three-year term (2013-‘16) as Commissioner on the New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service, which oversee the AmeriCorps volunteers program in New Jersey. Since 2012, Dr. Chaudry has served as an active member of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Outreach Committee for the Muslim Community created to build a relationship of mutual trust and understanding between law enforcement and the Muslim community. He also serves on the Interfaith Advisory Council of New Jersey Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness.
Dr. Chaudry co-founded the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (ISBR) (www.isbri.org) and currently serves as its President. Dr. Chaudry is a co-founder of the statewide New Jersey Interfaith Coalition of nearly 140 Muslim and non-Muslim organizations working on building bridges of understanding among all communities and to stand up for each other. He is also a member of the advisory board for Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict.