Event Calendar

NVP UPCOMING EVENTS:

IYLI 2014

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? Next 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 takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

The program is free of charge. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will earn a $100 scholarship which they may apply to the 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:

MARCH 2014
At the University of Southern California:
Faith-Based Community Organizing in the U.S.
Bridging Communities and Building Power

Speaker: Brad Fulton, Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Duke University
March 3    —      3:00-5:00 PM

USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture
2823 S. Flower St., 1st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90007-0520

RSVP:  click here

The 2011 National Study of Faith-Based Community Organizing Coalitions achieved a 94 percent response rate—gathering data on 178 of the 189 coalitions in the U.S. and demographic information on the 4,145 member organizations, 2,939 board members and 625 paid staff affiliated with these coalitions. In his presentation Fulton will use data from the national study to assess the current state of faith-based organizing and to describe how it has changed over the last decade. In particular, he will highlight the social composition of member organizations, board members and paid staff, and identify the issues the coalitions are actively addressing and the political levels at which they are addressing them.

Brad Fulton’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of racial, socioeconomic and religious diversity within civic organizations. Through his research he seeks to explain how some organizations become diverse and how diversity influences their performance. For his dissertation, Fulton conducted the National Study of Faith-Based Community Organizing Coalitions. His dissertation project has received awards from the American Sociological Association, the Academy of Management, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Associations (ARNOVA), Organization Science and the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS). Fulton’s 2011 article on Black Churches and HIV/AIDS, published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, received an award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

VIDEO of Lecture on USC Office of Religious Life’s YouTube Channel:

Meijun Fan and Zhihe Wang, scholars from China currently in residence at Claremont School of Theology, led a fascinating conversation on the growing influence of Alfred North Whitehead’s “process thought” in China today.  The event was held at USC’s Office of Religious Life on 2/20.  There are now 25 centers of scholarship on process philosophy and theology at universities in China.  Process thought, better known in China as “constructive postmodernism”, is a bridge between East and West, a bridge between science and religion, and a philosophical platform for the development of ecologically sustainable civilization.   For background on process thought, click  here.

LOS ANGELES AREA:
INTERFAITH YOUTH LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE
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 for 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 the college of their choice. All high school students (incoming 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:

To register, download forms at  www.iyli.weebly.com

DISCOVER YOUR ROOTS
Kenyatta Berry from the Genealogy Roadshow will be the guest speaker at “Discover Your Roots:  12th Annual African American Family History Conference”, Saturday, March 22, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Historic Chapel, 1209 S. Manhattan Place, Los Angeles 90019, near Pico and Western.  Beginner to Advanced classes, including classes for children ages 9 to 14.  Early registration is encouraged.  For more information call 310-475-7018 or go to www.DiscoverYourRoots.org.
SOUTH COAST:
South Coast Interfaith Council
61st Annual Assembly & Spotlight Awards
Dinner, Spotlight Awards, Celebration, Elections, Business Meeting
Thursday, March 20, 2014    6:00 – 9:00p.m. (Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.)
Temple Menorah, 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
$35 per person (dinner included)  Reservations needed by March 17, 2014
Please send check to:  SCIC, 759 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813
Spotlight Awards: Every year during the Annual Assembly the SCIC honors individuals in the interfaith community who are serving our community and excelling in cultivating interfaith & intercultural unity!  For more information: 562-983-1665
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, RESOURCES, EVENTS
PLURALISM SUNDAY:  On the first Sunday in May- May 4, 2014 (or other times during the year) – churches dedicate their worship to a celebration of our interfaith world. Progressive Christians thank God for religious diversity! We don’t claim that our religion is superior to all others.  We recognize that other religions can be as good for others as ours is for us.  We can grow closer to God and deeper in compassion—and we can understand our own traditions better—through a more intimate awareness of the world’s religions.  On PLURALISM SUNDAY, churches celebrate elements of other world faiths in their sermons, litanies, and music; many feature speakers and singers from other faith traditions.  Some congregations have exchanges with other faith communities, going to each other’s houses of worship.  It’s a celebration sponsored by ProgressiveChristianity.org.