With 2 months in the books, Interfaith Exchange is starting to roll. Below is an update of some of what our participants engaged in during the first few meetings:
- September 11, 2011 – We kicked off our year of interfaith learning by reflecting on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. It was inspiring to hear from Muslim, Christian, and Jewish high school students how their understanding of 9/11 has changed over the past decade, and what impact it has had on their lives and personal relationships.
- September 18, 2011 – During a retreat to Exeter, RI, the fellows engaged in a number of team-building activities to get to know one another. We concluded the day by investigating Muslim, Christian, and Jewish texts discussing nature, many of which commonly touched on man’s responsibility to care for God’s creation. Below is a beautiful picture from the retreat:
- September 25, 2011 – As shared service is something that can enhance interfaith collaboration (and vice versa), we took the fellows on a walking tour of Providence, led by Brown Senior Beth Caldwell. Beth highlighted the city’s homelessness problems in hopes of inspiring the fellows to start to contemplate some ways in which they will serve their communities over the course of the year. We concluded the day with breakout sessions to discuss how we currently engage in service and in what ways we should look to improve these engagements.
- October 2, 2011 – Guest presenter Jesse McGleughlin, Sophomore at Brown, engaged the fellows on a series of activities that highlighted youth empowerment and the opportunity students of all ages have to make positive changes.
We have a number of videos, guest speakers, text studies, and volunteering sessions in store for the rest of the year to help the fellows learn from one another and work together to make the Providence community a better place for all. Check back in for updates soon!