Regional Conference  “Welcoming Our Neighbors”

March 16-17, 2018

IFYC 2018 Drew CRCC is pleased to announce 2018 IFYC Campus Lab,
Drew University, Madison, New Jersey.

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Participants in the Campus LabWelcoming our Neighbors” Conference will:

Build their skills as community leaders, learning to leverage diversity as a source of strength in any context

Learn to organize and lead community service activities as a way to connect with others and build a spirit of community

Leave inspired, equipped and empowered to bring the interfaith movement to their campuses.

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 March 16-17, 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.

American democracy is built on the principles of pluralism and inclusion and our aim is to cultivate student leaders who are committed to promoting these ideals on campus and in their communities.  Students will learn about interfaith cooperation while building vital skills in leadership and community organizing.  One of the most effective ways to promote inter-religious engagement is through shared service projects because it invariably involves positive interactions and gives people an opportunity to tackle pressing social issues with a sense of urgency and common cause.  As such, service will be a focal point of the Campus Lab.

One of the greatest challenges of our time is the global refugee crisis.  Today, there are more refugees than at any time since World War II, and many refugee families have resettled in our home state of New Jersey.  We are a nation of immigrants, and as Americans, our history, and destiny, compels us to welcome refugees into the United States, while faith traditions of the world requires that we help integrate our society, thus, the central theme of the conference: “Welcoming our Neighbors.”  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.  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.

Read more about the Interfaith Training Session schedules and objectives.

Questions? Contact Professor Jonathan Golden at jgolden@drew.edu.