Interfaith Studies: Working to Unite Muslims , Christians, and Jews

A Peacemaking Project by Emi S.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Through this program we hope to educate our peers about our religions and the cultural traditions associated with them. We will lead visits to the Jewish Museum and other religiously significant sites as well as make presentations on the current state of our religions in the United States. In the current political climate, religion is a constant topic of conversation, so it is vital to share our perspectives with one another to enter those challenging conversations prepared. We hope that by sharing information about our religions we promote equality, erase stereotypes, and create a mutual understanding within our larger community.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of Religious Intolerance
we will address Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism, and Religious Intolerance as a whole (on a small, local scale)
by Engaging in conversation in order to eliminate stereotypes

Comments:

Fish S.
23 January 2018 16:48

Emi, thanks for sharing this project! This is really exciting. I agree that religious tolerance is, sadly, a really timely issue -- and that education is often one of the best ways to reduce stereotypes and promote understanding.

Sounds like you have a lot of great ideas for best ways to educate your peers. Do you have a plan for how you're going to implement those this spring? Or is that something we can help with? We have some tools (peacefirst.org/resources) and can answer any questions you have.

Looking forward to helping you build tolerance!

Adrian B.
12 February 2018 11:49

Hi Emi!

Thanks so much for posting this project! As part of the process of completing peacemaking projects, Peace First staff give formal feedback on important steps of your project. One of those steps is the compassionate insight.

I love the insight that you have here, and the project ideas you have! Religious intolerance is a deeply important issue. One of the causes of religious intolerance can be a lack of understanding, and sometimes conversations help with that. We encourage everyone who is at this stage of their project to work towards deepening their understanding of the injustice they're focusing on.

Why do you think religious intolerance happens? It can be helpful to talk to people who experience this injustice, people who cause this injustice, and people who are already working to solve this injustice. While your insight is clear and logical as it stands, I would strongly encourage you to do interviews with each of those groups--it will enrich your project in lots of ways! Here are some resources on how to do that: https://www.peacefirst.org/understand-through-compassion

Thanks again, and I'm excited to see where this project goes!

Best,
Adrian

Fish S.
26 March 2018 10:49

Hi Emi!

We're excited to hear more about your ideas to address this important injustice! I wanted to let you know about an opportunity -- if you are interested in getting some funding for materials that you need to carry out your project, you can apply for a mini-grant of up to $250.

The deadline to submit your Project Plan and Mini-Grant Application is March 31st if you want to remain eligible to apply to attend a Peace First Accelerator.

As you craft your plan, be sure to consider the feedback we gave you on your compassionate insight, and check out our project planning tools for help turning your insight into a concrete action plan: https://www.peacefirst.org/plan-your-project

Then, through your dashboard you can make any changes you want to make to your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let us know if you have questions or if we can help in any way. We're looking forward to supporting your project!

Adrian B.
5 April 2018 13:07

Hi Emi,


We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible for the Accelerator by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for an Accelerator, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can support your project in any way! :)

Best,
Adrian