New Vision Partners takes over IYCOC Administration

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.

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IYCLAC at the IYCOC Faith Forum.

Meet New Vision Partners’ Inaugural Advisory Board

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!

Varun Soni

 

Varun Soni

Dean of Religious Life, University of Southern California

 

Paige Eaves

 

Paige Eaves

Pastor, University United Methodist Church (Irvine, CA)

 

 

Sarah Bassin

 

 

Rabbi Sarah Bassin

Temple Emmanuel (Beverly Hills, CA)

 

 

Jim Burklo

 

 

Rev. Jim Burklo

Associate Dean of Religious Life, University of Southern California

 

Beau Shapiro

 

Rabbi Beau Shapiro

Wilshire Boulevard Temple (Los Angeles)

 

Jay Keller

 

Jay Keller

Director of Outreach and Operations, Interfaith Alliance (Washington DC)

 

Neil Comess-Daniels

 

 

Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels

Temple Beth Shir Shalom (Santa Monica, CA)

 

 

Don Miller

 

 

Donald E. Miller

Firestone Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California and Executive Director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture

 

Lorna Miller

 

 

Lorna Miller

Former Director of Office of Creative Connections, All Saints Church ( Pasadena), former Executive Director, New Vision Partners

 

Aryeh Cohen

 

 

Aryeh Cohen

Professor of Rabbinic Literature at American Jewish University

 

Salam Al-Maryati

 

 

Salam Al-Maryati

Executive Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council

 

 

George Regas

 

 

 

Rev. Dr. George Regas

Rector Emeritus, All Saints Church ( Pasadena, CA)

 

Noriaki Ito

 

 

Bishop Noriaki Ito

Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple (Los Angeles, CA)

Now Accepting Applications for IYLI 2014

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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:

NVP Congratulates Youth Film Competition Finalists

DSC_0405This 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.

SEE: Facebook “Interfaith Film Competition” photo album (facebook.com)

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 BeronaPatrick Stewart, and Craig Detweiler.

Stay tuned for the release of the winning shorts.

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