Cincinnati Youth Opportunities
Xavier University Interfaith Initiative Grants
InterfaithCincy, in partnership with The Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier, is offering Interfaith Community Engagement Grants. Any Faith community or any faith-based youth group that partners with a faith community or youth group from another faith tradition to work on a community engagement project can apply. For Information and application form contact Dr. James Buchanan at the The Brueggeman Center at 513 745-3922 or by email Cummins@xavier.edu.
We are happy to announce that registration is open for the 2019 Kids4Peace Interfaith Day Camp . The camp will be held from July 2019 through August 2, 2019. There is still plenty of room available.! Please join the fun. Kids 4Peace has been steadily growing, and have many opportunities available for those youth interested in having a voice, and building peace within our local community.
Through a variety of discussions, and exercises which include music, sports and art projects, and food, the participants will develop team building and communication skills. Their skills and friendships will empower the students to become a voice in building a stronger, and more peaceful Greater Cincinnati home. To demonstrate the commitment to improving our community, day four of camp will be dedicated to a community service project.
FOR INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN https://www.k4p.org/summer2019/ or register directly at https://www.regpacks.com/reg/templates/build/?g_id=100901804
Ulster Project Cincinnati - “Ulster” is synonymous with Northern Ireland. The Ulster Project works for peace between Catholics and Protestants in a country that has had centuries of tension and violence between the two groups. (See below.) Each July, teens from Enniskillen (County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland) come to Cincinnati and stay with host teens and their families. During the month, the teens and families participate in a variety of activities designed to foster friendship and understanding.
Interfaith Youth Programs
Xavier's Center for Interfaith and Engaging Difference
At Xavier University, separate campus ministry, peace & justice, and interfaith engagement offices have recently merged into one center that takes a multi-faith approach to spiritual formation, as well as an interfaith approach to engaging difference. With a diverse staff of religious professionals and clergy, led by an Interfaith Program Director, students and staff will spend the 2019-2020 academic year engaging a strategic planning process to launch a new phase on interfaith work among student communities on campus. Read more at https://www.xavier.edu/cfj/interfaith.
Interested in this process? Contact Rabbi Jennifer Lewis.
This process also allowed the center an opportunity to engage faith & race more directly. Interested in these conversations? Contact Rev. Nelson Pierce, Jr.
Ongoing programs, such as our annual Envision leadership retreat, immersion trips, and some service sites, engage religious and identity based differences in reflection and social action. Dorothy Day Immersions is one such program that looks at racial injustice and economic disparities through the lenses of faiths that do justice. These annual trips run the week before school resumes in January with a yearlong formational program. Contact Shannon Hughes for more information. Applications to participate are due a few weeks into each fall semester.
YOUTH GRANTS In Action -
Mothers of Mercy High School & Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati Group & Teen Group of the Mayerson JCC join to create a Butterfly Peace Garden
The Oct. 9th Interfaith Service day with youth groups from the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, Mayerson JCC, and students from Mother of Mercy High School will be held at Imago Earth Center in Price Hill (from 3pm-6pm). In response to violence in the world, youth from all three faiths will work together for the care of our common home, the earth, by creating a butterfly garden as a gesture of friendship and peace, thereby illustrating that religion does not have to be a source of conflict but can also be key to resolving differences and promoting understanding.
By Bob Bonnici
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Interfaith Youth Core
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