8:30–11:15 a.m. | Morning session
Welcome and icebreakers with IFYC.
8:30–11:15 a.m. | Opening presentation: Why Interfaith and Peace Works
The interfaith movement is creating space for people of any belief system to come together to better understand the complexities and intersections of their identities. Framing religious identity with an intersectional framework allows us to develop peacemaking capacities that reflect our multi-identities as individuals. Sessions will include the intersections of individual differences, life experiences, group and social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, nationality, and disability), historically underrepresented groups, and groups with cultural, political, religious/spiritual, or other affiliations. Through a narrative sharing of experiences, we hope to create intentional dialogue around peace-building from various perspectives. Sharing of the new We Are Westminster campaign as a model for social justice education campaigns on campuses will be followed by small group conversations with facilitation by campus partners and allies from participating universities.
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. | Lunch: What Peace-building Looks Like Across Differences
Over lunch, you'll hear about making space for diverse identities, including faiths and beliefs, in conversations and sharing. Schools will share their unique campus experiences during a group activity.
1–3:00 p.m. | Breakout sessions
How do we empower global-minded peacemakers on our campuses? The topic of including both liberals and conservatives in conversations around social justice will be addressed during all breakouts. Conversations will focus on bridging the great divides of philosophy, beliefs, and passion; learning to listen to understand; taming emotions to allow for learning and sharing one’s own story; and moving forward.
- Breakout 1: Skills for Building Interfaith Understanding and Social Justice Movements on Campuses
- Breakout 2: Peace Building and Compassionate Conflict Resolution
- Breakout 3: Bridging Interfaith Conflict Resolution on Campus and in the Classroom for Faculty and Staff with the IFYC Bridge Program
3–3:30 p.m. | Group photo and break
3:30 p.m.–4:15 p.m. | Table conversations for peace-building action plans on your campus
4–4:45 p.m. | Why Interfaith and Peacemaking Matter
4:45–5:00 p.m. | Closing remarks by keynote and wrap up