CHICAGO — Responding to the deep divisions in the United States, IFYC and Fellowship in Prayer have launched a fellowship with $15,000 awards over two years to support faith leaders who are demonstrating the power of interfaith cooperation to bridge deep divisions in America’s civic fabric. The Sacred Journey Fellowship will bring together a cohort of ten civically engaged leaders to support, inspire, and connect bridgebuilding efforts across various sectors.
“The Sacred Journey Fellows will be a racially and religiously diverse group of highly capable and, in some cases, highly visible leaders who view interfaith cooperation as a key aspect of their calling and commitment,” says Dr. Eboo Patel, founder and president of IFYC. “Together they will grow in their own leadership capacities as they learn from one another’s spiritual commitments and personal and professional experiences.”
The Fellows will be selected this summer from a base of over 1,700 IFYC alumni who possess the skills and knowledge to serve as interfaith leaders in all sectors, including faith, public health, education, business, and government.
In addition to the $15,000 award, Sacred Journey Fellows will receive additional funding for collaborative projects among cohort members, participate in an intensive Sacred Journey Fellowship retreat and receive ongoing support to grow their leadership experience and professional networks through mentorship with senior-level IFYC staff.
The public will be able to learn from the Fellows as they reflect on their experience and learning in multimedia pieces for IFYC’s Interfaith America online platform, sharing the stories of their work and inspiring others in the network and beyond.
Fellowship in Prayer is a grantmaking organization based in Princeton NJ. It was founded in 1949 and has been awarding Sacred Journey grants since 2015.
IFYC is a national nonprofit that equips the next generation of citizens and professionals with the knowledge and skills needed for leadership in a religiously diverse world. Partnering with higher education institutions and corporations, IFYC is dedicated to making interfaith cooperation the norm and building Interfaith America in the 21st century.
Paul B Raushenbush
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