New Vision Partners is taking on the administration of the Interfaith Youth Council of Orange County (IYCOC). IYCOC’s mission statement is to “come together to promote respect, understanding and appreciation for the integrity of each others beliefs, cultures, and traditions, through interfaith dialogue, education, and activities.” We look forward to working with the youth in Orange County and building relationships in their community.
This fall, NVP is proud to announce it’s first-ever Advisory Board! These are leaders in the interfaith community who are supportive of NVP’s work and are advising us on our programs and direction. Please meet them!
Dean of Religious Life, University of Southern California
Pastor, University United Methodist Church (Irvine, CA)
Rabbi Sarah Bassin
Temple Emmanuel (Beverly Hills, CA)
Rev. Jim Burklo
Associate Dean of Religious Life, University of Southern California
Rabbi Beau Shapiro
Wilshire Boulevard Temple (Los Angeles)
Director of Outreach and Operations, Interfaith Alliance (Washington DC)
Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels
Temple Beth Shir Shalom (Santa Monica, CA)
Donald E. Miller
Firestone Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California and Executive Director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture
Former Director of Office of Creative Connections, All Saints Church ( Pasadena), former Executive Director, New Vision Partners
Professor of Rabbinic Literature at American Jewish University
Executive Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council
Rev. Dr. George Regas
Rector Emeritus, All Saints Church ( Pasadena, CA)
Bishop Noriaki Ito
Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple (Los Angeles, CA)
Do you know a high school student who is interested in expanding their leadership skills and knowledge of other faiths so that they are better equipped to interact respectfully with people from different backgrounds? This upcoming June, New Vision Partners will be holding its third year of programming of the Interfaith Youth Leadership Initiative (IYLI). During the 3-day program, students will build relationships with people of other faiths, take ownership of their own faith perspective, visit different houses of worship and act out their faith through service of the larger community.
The program is free of charge. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will earn a $100 scholarship which they may apply to college of their choice. All high school students (freshman through seniors) are eligible for the program. Applications for the Interfaith Youth Leadership Initiative in the summer of 2014 are now available online. Save the date, submit your application, and help spread the word.
IYLI Dates and links to applications for 2014:
|This past Sunday, October 6, New Vision Partners held its first youth interfaith film competition at the University of Southern California along with the Office of Religious Life. The competition highlighted the work of short films which revolved around the theme “Interfaith Cooperation Through Service.” Created and submitted by young high school leaders, the 3-minute films contributed to NVP’s greater goal of empowering youth with information and tools to coexist in an ever diverse world. Three finalist films were screened and awarded monetary scholarships.
In first place, and earning $1000, were Kayla Asemanfar and Ian Liu. Their film centered around teachings of diversity and compassion in different theologies. Most of all, their production highlighted that friendship is a form of service because you are creating a stable relationship where people feel comfortable and welcome. The films main message is to love one another and show compassion to others.
Neha Jain’s film earned second place with a $500 scholarship and was based on the concept of ‘pay it forward’ where people of different faith persuasions help each other regardless of the other’s religious or cultural background. Its main premise, is that if you help someone today, someone might help you out tomorrow.
Third place and a $250 scholarship was awarded to the work of Jasmin Johnson. Her submission affirms that her involvement in interfaith work sparked her passion for social activism. She is now in the process of starting an interfaith club at her school to better inform her peers about different faith traditions.
Special thanks to the University of Southern California Office of Religious Life for sponsoring the event. NVP would also like to express its deep gratitude to the competition’s esteemed judges who are all entertainment industry insiders and documentarians: Barry Berona, Patrick Stewart, and Craig Detweiler.
Stay tuned for the release of the winning shorts.
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