The Interfaith Observer, Religions for Peace-USA, Shoulder-to-Shoulder, United Religions Initiative-North America, World Congress of Faith, the Interfaith Funders Group, the International Association for Religious Freedom and multiple faith communities are proud organizers of Reimagining Interfaith, now an official Pathways to PoWR pre-Parliament event.
What is Reimagining Interfaith?
Reimagining Interfaith is an event focusing on skill-building, networking, and organizing for grassroot activists and interfaith peacebuilders from around the world. We are co-sponsored by numerous diverse organizations, including Religions for Peace-USA, Shoulder-to-Shoulder, United Religions Initiative-North America, World Congress of Faith, the Interfaith Funders Group, the International Association for Religious Freedom and multiple faith communities.
Why Reimagine Interfaith?
We are at a moment in world history where collaboration across lines of difference is imperative to our survival. There is much incredible work being done by grassroots organizers around the world but it’s time to take it to the next level. That is what Reimagining Interfaith is all about. Interfaith work has traditionally been all about bridge building but what are the bridges that we haven’t been so great at building? Reimagining Interfaith aims to engage us in this question and bring us to a point where we can truly make the movement all-encompassing. This gathering will focus not on the academic side of this question but on the practical side. All of our tracks will be focused on equipping and empowering activists working across lines of difference with the skills they need to get us there. Programming will be focused on six skill-building program area (including a track for children) with blocks of time also set aside for open networking, dialogue groups, cultural activities and participant-driven programming.
Reimagining Interfaith Cooperation's program is focused on six skill-building Tracks (including a track for children) with blocks of time also set aside for open networking, dialogue groups, cultural activities and participant-driven programming.
Program Track I - Cultivating Inclusive Communities in the Face of Religious Discrimination
Program Track II - Community Organizing: Initiating and Sustaining Social Change Movements
Program Track III - Staying “Woke”: Recognizing Privilege, Challenging Systemic Oppression
Program Track IV - Interfaith Organizing in a Changing Spiritual Landscape
Program Track V - Making A Movement: Building Skills to Bring Interfaith to the Next Level
Reimagining Interfaith Cooperation begins on Sunday with a keynote panel featuring three movement leaders. Keynote speakers include:
Rabbi David Saperstein was designated by Newsweek Magazine as the most influential rabbi in America and by the Washington Post as the “quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill,” David Saperstein, for decades, directed the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, representing the Reform Jewish Movement, the largest segment of American Jewry, to Congress and the Administration. Today he serves as a Senior Advisor to the Union for Reform Judaism for Policy and Strategy. For over two years (through Jan. 2017), Rabbi Saperstein served our nation as the U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, carrying out his responsibilities as the country’s chief diplomat on religious freedom issues. Also an attorney, he taught seminars on Church-State law and Jewish Law for 35 years at Georgetown University Law Center. During his career, Rabbi Saperstein has served as the chair or co-chair of several national interreligious coalitions including the Coalition to Preserve Religious Liberty and served on the boards or executive committees of numerous national organizations including the NAACP, People for The American Way, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Religious Partnership on the Environment and the World Faith Development Dialogue. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at both the Georgeotwn University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and its School of Foreign Service's Center for Jewish Civilization as well as the Senior Advisor for Strategy and Policy for the Union for Reform Judaism. Rabbi Saperstein is married to Ellen Weiss, an award-winning journalist and has two sons, Daniel and Ari.
Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi is the Director of the Secretariat of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers (NRTP), a global network initiated by United Nations Mediation Support Unit, UN Alliance of Civilizations, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Religions for Peace, KAICIID Dialogue Center and Finn Church Aid. He heads the NRTP's Washington D.C. Office. Originally from Senegal, Dr. Elsanousi served as the director of Community Outreach and Interfaith Relations for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He is the Founding co-chair of Shoulder to Shoulder. He served on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry’s Taskforce on Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group.
Rev. Jennifer Bailey is the Founder and Executive Director of The Faith Matters Network, which centers the voices of leaders who have traditionally been pushed to the margins of religious narratives. Named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress, Rev. Jennifer Bailey is an ordained minister, public theologian, and emerging national leader in the multifaith movement for justice. Her organization is a new interfaith community equipping faith leaders to challenge structural inequality in their communities. Jennifer has nearly a decade of experience at nonprofits combatting intergenerational poverty. An Ashoka Fellow, Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow, On Being Fellow and Truman Scholar, Jennifer earned degrees from Tufts University and Vanderbilt University Divinity School where she was awarded the Wilbur F. Tillett Prize for accomplishments in the study of theology. She writes regularly for a number of publications including On Being, Sojourners, and the Huffington Post. Her first book, tentatively titled Confessions of a #Millennial #Minister is currently under contract with Chalice Press. Rev. Bailey is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Registration Costs and Deadlines:
Individual registrations are $365 until June 1st, and will increase to $400 until registration closes June 25.
Kids and Young Adults (ages 6-35) are $100 throughout the registration period.
Al Registration Closes Monday, June 25th.
George Washington University Marvin Center in Washington, DC.
800 21st Street NW Washington, D.C. 20052
The Marvin Center is located on the corner of 21st Street NW and H St NW. It can be accessed from the Foggy Bottom/GW DC metro stop, located on the Orange, Blue and Silver Lines. From the station exit (Located on the corner I St NW and 23rd St NW, you'll walk a block south to H St NW and make a left, then walk two blocks to the Center, located on the left side of the street.