IYLI Film Competition

Competition Requirements:

  • All submissions must be the sole work of high school student(s)
  • Length: Minimum of 60 seconds and maximum of 3 minutes
  • Theme: Interfaith cooperation through service

All submissions must be consistent with the theme of “Interfaith cooperation through service”. Some guiding questions to consider while producing this film:

  • How has interfaith work helped me be a better leader?
  • How has interfaith work improved my community?
  • What interfaith work has taken place in my community?
  • Has there been interfaith work at my school to stop bullying?
  • What have I done when someone from another faith was bullied?

All submissions must be uploaded to YouTube and sent via link to ahasan@newvisionpartners.com by September 29, 2013.

100+ Youth Break Barriers and Build Bridges

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IYLI Los Angeles Participants visit a Sikh Gurdwara.

New Vision Partners leads interfaith programs in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Long Beach. Over 100 students from 17 different faith backgrounds were selected for these competitive leadership programs to build conflict resolution skills, relationships and live their faith through service work.

Students participated in leadership building activities and visited numerous houses of worship including a Sikh Gurdwara, Jewish Temples, a Catholic Cathedral, a Latter Day Saints Chapel, and a Mosque. Participants also listened to a panel of service and faith leaders. In addition to interfaith and leadership activities, youth were involved in different service projects. Los Angeles participants volunteered with Union Rescue Mission to serve 700 people on Skid Row while our Long Beach participants cleaned up one square mile of public beach space.

For more information on how to get involved with the Interfaith Youth Leadership Initiative programming throughout the year, click here.

Click on the following for photos from our Los Angeles and Long Beach programs.

IYLI Long Beach participants look at a Torah while visiting a Jewish Temple.

 

Press Conference at the Islamic Center of Southern California

Rev. Susan Russell, Episcopal priest and activist at All Saints Church in Pasadena speaking at press conference. Faith based leaders discussed the tragedy in Boston Marathon at The Islamic Center in Southern California in Los Angeles Friday, April 19, 2013.  On behalf of the Islamic Center of Southern California and Muslim community at large, we extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers for the families of those who died and were injured as a result of the explosions during the Boston marathon. We pray that the perpetrators are apprehended and brought to justice ASAP. In the current climate of unknown fears and misunderstandings about Muslims seeks to enhance understanding and perpetuate peace among people across all faiths.(SGVN/Photo by Walt Mancini)

Rev. Susan Russell, Episcopal priest and activist at All Saints Church in Pasadena, is shown speaking at a press conference at the Islamic Center of Southern California after the bombings in Boston. (SGVN/Photo by Walt Mancini)

Faith based leaders discussed the tragedy in Boston Marathon at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles Friday, April 19, 2013. On behalf of the Islamic Center of Southern California and Muslim community at large, we extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers for the families of those who died and were injured as a result of the explosions during the Boston marathon. We pray that the perpetrators are apprehended and brought to justice ASAP. In the current climate of unknown fears and misunderstandings about Muslims interfaith leaders seek to enhance understanding and perpetuate peace among people across all faiths.

Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue Conference, Qatar

Aziza Hasan, NVP's Director of Interfaith Programs, was one of few sharing the Abrahamic Faith Peace Making Initiative (AFPI) curriculum on peace building in the Abrahamic traditions with, Jocelyn Anne Armstrong, an educator who wrote a curriculum for high school students on world religions in New Zealand.

Aziza Hasan, NVP’s Director of Interfaith Programs, sharing the Abrahamic Faith Peace Making Initiative (AFPI) curriculum on peace building in the Abrahamic traditions with, Jocelyn Anne Armstrong, an educator who wrote a curriculum for high school students on world religions in New Zealand.

From April 23-25, 2013, Aziza Hasan, our  Director of Interfaith Programs, was one of 300 people from 70 countries world-wide selected to take part in the Tenth Annual Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue, in Doha, Qatar. She shared her expertise in effective ways to engage in interfaith dialogue with attendees from around the world. She also appeared on Qatar State television as well as Cordoba television.

 

Pope Francis and Interfaith Footwashing

One of the strangest traditions in the Christian church is that of washing people’s feet.  Usually when folks outside of the Christian tradition hear about it, they arch their eyebrows and ask “what?”.  My own daughter said “eeew” when she heard about what Pope Francis did.  But footwashing started with Jesus, who washed his disciples’ feet during the Last Supper.  It was meant to show his humility and willingness to serve his followers by taking up a dirty job (think 1st century sandals, dusty roads, and no pavement). Continue reading

100+ Attend AFPI Screening of “My Neighbourhood”

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On Feb. 25, 2013 the Abrahamic Faiths Peace-making Initiative (AFPI), hosted the Executive Director of Just Vision, Ronit Avni, for a public screening and discussion of the

award-winning documentary “My Neighborhood”. One-hundred audience members came from across Southern California– spanning the area from Huntington Beach to Pasadena. Continue reading

New Visionary: Katie Kevorkian

Name:  Katie Kevorkian
Profession:  Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries
Organization:  Northridge United Methodist Church
Location:  Northridge, CA
Why Interfaith?:  It’s important that we provide opportunities for the children in our communities to learn about their neighbors. Knowledge and understanding will lead to more peaceful communities!
How you can be a Partner: Organize the members of your church or faith community to join with a community of another religious background for worship or community service. Spend time getting to know people of a different faith.
Background/How did you get to where you are today?: Master of Arts from Claremont School of Theology in Interreligious Education. I have worked with the USC Office of Religious Life, The United Methodist Urban Foundation, First UMC Los Angeles and New Vision Partners.

Now Accepting Applications for Global Exchange Trip to Rwanda

Are you a high school student interested in going on a safari and learning about forgiveness from people who have lost their families to genocide? Join our Summer 2013 trip to Rwanda where we will go on a journey full of adventure and self reflection.

We are now accepting applications! Click here for the Rwanda Application.

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For more information email swiebe@newvisionpartners.org