As schools prepare to open across our region, ICJS recognizes that teachers are not only COVID-19 heroes, but also indispensable interreligious leaders in our community. That is why ICJS has a Teachers Fellowship, now entering its third year. We are eager to welcome the 2020-21 ICJS Teacher Fellows later this fall.
Even amidst pandemic uncertainty, teachers—from public, religious, and independent schools—are engaging in the ICJS Teachers’ Fellowship in order to enhance interreligious learning in their classrooms. This unique opportunity for public, independent, and religious school teachers to gather and learn together about religious diversity and to explore classroom pedagogy impacts their schools, where ICJS Teacher Fellows contribute to cultures that positively engage religious and ethical diversity.
While there are only a few spaces left, applications for the Fellowship are still open. Do you know an educator who teaches in any subject matter (e.g., history, English, language studies, art, philosophy, culture, religion, political science) who would want to join this nine-month opportunity to think about the role religion plays in their classroom? If so, nominate them today.
Join ICJS Executive Director Heather Miller Rubens in a discussion with Robert P. Jones around topics raised in his newest book, White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity.
As Jones argues in the book, confronting unsettling truths around Christianity’s role as a cornerstone of white supremacy in the United States—truths that have interreligious implications—is the only way to salvage the integrity of faith and religious identities. The moderated discussion will look not only to accepting responsibility for the past, but exploring the work toward repair required in the present.
As we prepare to welcome our 2020-21 cohort of ICJS Teacher Fellows, we take a look back at 2019-20 ICJS Teacher Fellow Libby Keady's reflection on teaching in a pandemic. We're thankful for both our Teacher Fellows that made the necessary adjustments not only in their teaching, but in their Fellowship experience, and for this next group of teachers taking on a Fellowship as part of this 'next normal' we're all continuing to navigate. Read more...
"After days of absorbing wrenching news and video on the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, members of Baltimore faith communities [staged a] racial justice rally that they called a 'beginning.'...
"[P]articipants included members from Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Faith Presbyterian Church, the Northeast Catholic Community, Congregation Beit Tikvah, the Latino Racial Justice Circle, Pax Christi Baltimore, Bolton Street Synagogue, the Racial Justice Circle, the Black Onyx Movement, Beyond the Boundaries and the Immigration Outreach Service Center."
"...To the young activists in Ferguson, the church’s failure to address systemic racial injustice in the United States rendered American Christian leaders...part of the problem. In addition, they took issue with what they saw as the church’s culture of homophobia and misogyny. [When asked] how the church could support them, the young activists expressed their rage. ...'It was that night that I really understood how disappointed young people of color had become with the church. They experienced us as not simply irrelevant but on the wrong side of justice,' [said pastor and Black evangelical leader Brenda Salter McNeil.]”
"The unity of Muslim and Jewish leaders on this issue...should spur Orthodox Jews to stand up for our Muslims brethren in detention centers. More than that: We Orthodox Jews must be at the forefront of protesting ICE’s abuse of Muslim migrants’ human rights and religious liberty....
"In standing up for our Muslim brothers and sisters in detention centers, we stand up for ourselves, and our own liberties. But more importantly, if not us, who will speak for them?"