Reimagining Interfaith Cooperation's program is focused on six skill-building Tracks (including a track for children) with blocks of time also set aside for open networking, dialogue groups, cultural activities and participant-driven programming.
Program Track I - Cultivating Inclusive Communities in the Face of Religious Discrimination
Purpose: To provide participants with the tools needed to create communities that are welcoming, safe and equal for people of all or no religion, spiritual expressions, or Indigenous tradition, with a focus on addressing current issues of discrimination and oppression of religion and being in accountable solidarity with religious activists and movements that are experiencing oppression and discrimination.
Program Track II - Community Organizing: Initiating and Sustaining Social Change Movements
Purpose: To provide participants with tools to enhance their work in interfaith/faith-based community organizing, policy and advocacy around a variety of social change and social justice issues; and to provide a space for strategizing, networking, and building and supporting interfaith coalitions and movements that make a difference.
Program Track III - Staying “Woke”: Recognizing Privilege, Challenging Systemic Oppression
Purpose: To provide participants with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of privilege and systemic oppression, with an emphasis on racial oppression, and to provide space to support the building of skills, networks and tools needed to form and activate interfaith coalitions to dismantle intersectional oppression and support/create new systems.
Program Track IV - Interfaith Organizing in a Changing Spiritual Landscape
Purpose: To provide participants with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the current spiritual landscape and to provide space for envisioning innovative models of engaging communities and individuals in interfaith organizing and social change work. Discussions will include the growth of the ‘spiritual but not religious’ identity, multi-religious identities, and areas of change.
Program Track V - Making A Movement: Building Skills to Bring Interfaith to the Next Level
Purpose: To provide participants with the opportunity to think critically, tactically, and strategically about the development of interfaith cooperation as a movement. Arguably interfaith cooperation is not seen as on par with other movements for social change, yet its purpose is arguably as important as other endeavors, especially in the current environment. Discussions will look at institutionalizing markers and then growing edges/needs of interfaith cooperation.
Want your kids to know more about faith traditions other their own?
The Reimagine Interfaith Gathering will include a Kids’ Track!
It’s never too early to share the world’s faith traditions with your kids. The Kids’ Track will provide a wonderful opportunity for your children to explore the world’s major faith traditions using tried-and-true, age-appropriate methods. We’ll start each day with an ice-breaker and an opening ritual. We’ll end each day with a closing ritual. In between, we’ll
- Read stories
- Sing songs
- Make crafts
- Learn about holy days
- Eat traditional foods
- Explore common ritual practices
We’ll primarily focus on religious traditions with the largest number of adherents across the globe but that are minorities in North America: Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism/Vedic, and Islam.Additional topics will be included depending on the faith practices of our participants. There are amazing narratives, fun crafts, and interesting holidays in ALL religious traditions, and kids will certainly have opportunities to share their own perspectives. Comparisons to Christian symbols, rituals, and holidays will also be included where appropriate. We’ll wrap up the program with some “faith-in-action” brainstorming and activities that revolve around the Golden Rule, creation care, and age-appropriate social justice initiatives.
A Few More Details
Who: Kids age 5-14 years of age (roughly Kindergarten through 8th grade). If your child/young adult is over 14 years of age and is interested in volunteering as an assistant, please contact Vicki Garlock at email@example.com.
This program is offered by Faith Seeker Kids. Questions? Contact Vicki Garlock at firstname.lastname@example.org.