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Group will lead workshops focusing on religious pluralism

The Interfaith Youth Core, an international nonprofit working to build mutual respect and pluralism among religiously diverse young people, will be visiting campus on March 5 and 6.
Two representatives of IFYC, representing Muslim and Christian traditions, will lead workshops, facilitate group training, and offer targeted presentations tailored to the needs of various campus organizations. The event is sponsored by the Interfaith Council and the Office of Religious Life.

“The Interfaith Youth Core has been invited to Lafayette because our religious life program already has a strong cooperative interfaith component. We stand ready to move ahead with our vision of the interfaith religious community as an integral part of the intercultural community that makes Lafayette College such a unique community,” says John Colatch, director of religious life and College chaplain.

Rather than focusing on potentially divisive issues, IFYC’s unique methodology builds relationships based on shared values like compassion, hospitality, and mercy. Through storytelling and personal exchange, IFYC empowers young people to develop relationships built on mutual respect.

The IFYC was founded by Eboo Patel, the author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. He also writes “The Faith Divide,” a featured blog on religion for The Washington Post.

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