Black Interfaith will look at interfaith efforts rising out of numerous Black areas and convene Black non secular leaders, intellectuals, artists and activists to ask, “What wouldn’t it appear like to heart the Black expertise within the research and software of interfaith cooperation?”
IFYC is happy to announce a $1M award from the Henry Luce Basis to help the Black Interfaith Undertaking. Black Interfaith will look at interfaith efforts rising out of numerous Black areas and convene Black non secular leaders, intellectuals, artists and activists to ask, “What wouldn’t it appear like to heart the Black expertise within the research and software of interfaith cooperation?”
The Reverend Fred Davie, IFYC’s Senior Advisor on Racial Fairness, responded to information of the grant:
“We’re thrilled that the Henry Luce Basis has chosen to be a significant accomplice and supporter of our Black Interfaith Undertaking. The interfaith expertise of Black life in America has typically been ignored and unacknowledged. The Black Interfaith Undertaking seeks not solely to rectify this unlucky previous however to have a good time the richness of interfaith bridge constructing inside Black communities and thereby enrich the whole interfaith expertise of the nation.”
Over the following 4 years, January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2025, the grant from the Henry Luce Basis will seed 4 groundbreaking initiatives:
- Launching Black Interfaith as a core initiative of IFYC searching for to construct a extra inclusive interfaith motion and create a brand new self-discipline for interfaith research.
- Recruiting the primary two cohorts (complete of 80) of Black Interfaith Fellows representing numerous sectors, skills, and worldviews—who’re engaged in interfaith bridge-building via their lived expertise, scholarship, and civic engagement.
- Creating house for discourse and network-building, collaborative and particular person neighborhood initiatives, and public storytelling and dissemination to tell a extra correct narrative about and by Black interfaith leaders.
- Partnering with esteemed collaborators, together with the Smithsonian Establishment and the American Academy of Faith, to host main convenings and displays offering a nationwide platform to advance the profile of Black Interfaith and join the general public to the dialog.
IFYC founder and president Dr. Eboo Patel expressed his appreciation for the help of the Henry Luce Basis and what it is going to imply for the long run interfaith motion as a complete:
“Probably the most inspiring crossing of spiritual boundaries and probably the most significant moments of interfaith cooperation in American historical past have come out of the Black expertise, from the Underground Railroad to the multifaith coalition that elected Barack Obama. The Black Interfaith Undertaking will discover this previous, spotlight equally outstanding examples from the present-day and from this materials trend an structure on which Interfaith America might be constructed.”
Alia Bilal is Deputy Director on the Interior-Metropolis Muslim Motion Community in Chicago and a member of the Black Interfaith Undertaking steering committee. Bilal provided this remark concerning the potentialities of the Black Interfaith Undertaking:
“Black folks on this nation have been residing and respiration within the messy intersections and exquisite synchrony of interfaith work for generations in our personal households and communities. The Black Interfaith Undertaking has the facility to assist us distill the ‘finest practices’ of this lived expertise and supply them as options to coping with among the most intractable social problems with our time.”
Jonathan VanAntwerpen, Program Director for Faith and Theology on the Henry Luce Basis, mentioned:
“Over the course of twenty years, IFYC has labored with school and college campuses to coach rising interfaith leaders, seeded a rising interdisciplinary discipline of interfaith and interreligious research, and considerably knowledgeable public understandings of interfaith cooperation. The Black Interfaith Undertaking will prolong this work in promising and inventive methods. Centering the voices of Black non secular leaders, intellectuals, artists, and activists has the potential to problem prevailing approaches to non secular pluralism, and to reshape widespread conceptions of spiritual distinction and interfaith engagement. We’re delighted to help this essential new effort.”
The Henry Luce Basis seeks to counterpoint public discourse by selling revolutionary scholarship, cultivating new leaders, and fostering worldwide understanding. Established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time, Inc., the Luce Basis advances its mission by means of grantmaking and management packages within the fields of Asia, increased schooling, faith and theology, artwork, and public coverage.
IFYC is a nationwide non-profit whose mission is to encourage, equip, and join leaders and establishments to unlock the potential of America’s non secular range.
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush
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