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OUR PROGRAM YEAR IN REVIEW

The Interfaith Center would like to acknowledge Intern, Navkiran Chima for her beautiful work on the slideshow. Enjoy!
Dear Friend,
 
Here we are at the end of another year of change! Over the last 20 months, many of us were forced to decide what is most important in our lives. 2021 proved that we could embrace change and learn to thrive under new circumstances. We hope you have come through it all with smiles on your faces for the opportunities these changes have brought. With so many people re-aligning with their core values, there is great opportunity to make leaps forward towards a better world that we previously only envisioned.
 
The Interfaith Center continued into 2021 with online programming due to the temporary closure of our physical space. With this new online approach, we saw an opportunity to reach a new audience with our programming. In the coming year, with so much uncertainty still looming due to new COVID variants, we will continue to expand our online reach. TIC programs are meant to spark the imagination, and provide topics for thoughtful discussion with your friends, families, and faith communities. If you have participated in or viewed a program that caught your attention, we hope you took the time to explore a little further, learn a little more, and share the information!
 
Although we have temporarily suspended in-person programming, our doors have remained open to community, student, and faith-based organizations (at a safe social distance) who rely on the usage of our building for religious purposes, meetings, and other types of gatherings. 
 
As you know, limiting building use unfortunately does not eliminate building expense. 
 
Our registered historical building, formally known as "Old Stoddy's" house, is part of Oxford's University Historic District. This Federal-style, painted brick house was built in the early 1830's and served as the former residence of chemistry Professor Orange Nash Stoddard. Over the years is has been home to various campus ministries including the Westminster Foundation, United Campus Ministry, and local crisis and addiction counseling services. 


 
Maintaining a historical building is no small expense. Our organization operates on a modest budget which enables us to maintain normal operations. After enduring much financial hardship throughout the pandemic, we now find ourselves in the difficult position of funding a brand-new roof that costs one half of our entire operating budget to replace. 
 
We humbly ask that you consider donating to offset the cost of preserving our historic building which has been a vibrant part of the Oxford and Miami community for almost 200 years. 
 
Change is happening all the time, and it will continue. We need your help! Your generosity and support of the Interfaith Center will allow us to affect change in the direction of our mission…
 
The Interfaith Center's mission is to invite people from diverse secular, spiritual, and religious traditions to participate in one another’s practices to cultivate appreciative understanding and friendship. We seek to unify people of all faiths, and no faith, around common moral, social, and ethical concerns to build a more just and equitable society.

Sincerely,
 
The Interfaith Center Board of Directors:
Becky Newlin, Chair
Fatima Emlemdi
Jason Bracken
Marc van Bulck
Prince Johnson
Geneva Blackmer
Priyana Kalita

 
Program Director:
Jessica Lohrey

 
The Interfaith Center is proud to have worked collaboratively with the following organizations in 2021:

MU Center for American and World Cultures, MU Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, The MU META Collective, Hillel at MU, Trinity Episcopal Church, Interfaith Youth Core, Oxford Area PFLAG, MU Regionals Diversity and Multicultural Services, the Ohio Council of Churches, Contemplative Outreach- Kansas City, the Dialogue Institute of Kansas City, Oxford Seniors Ecology Club, Oxford Citizens for Peace and Justice (OCPJ), CRES, the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, EarthConnection of Cincinnati, Black Lives Matter Oxford and Cincinnati, Oxford Presbyterian Church, Atheists United, The Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada, the Cincinnati Festival of Faiths, the League of Women Voters Oxford, the Wisconsin Interfaith Voter Engagement Campaign, The Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington, All Voting is Local Ohio, MU EcoReps, Advocates of Silenced Turkey and the United Religions Initiative (URI), Chabad at MU, The Wilks Foundation at MU, META at MU, Green Burial Council, The Deconstruction Network, American Meditation Institute, The Center for Sacred Sciences, Equasion, and LOVEboldly.

2021 Program Offerings:

 
Faith Sharing Series: Islam
Interfaith Perspectives on Peace
Faith Sharing Series: Buddhism
Being a Woman in the Context of Conflicts and Persecution
Faith Sharing Series: Sukyo Mahikari
Faith Sharing Series: Quakerism
The Universe is Mind Only with Brad Warner
Faith Sharing Series: The Presbyterian Church
Birth, Sickness, Aging, Death and Meditation
Women as Ritual Experts in Ancient Israel
"Living, Mothering, Resisting" with Molly Rush
Neepwantiinki: Learning from Each Other
Sufism: The Mystical Path of Inner Realization
Faith Sharing Series: Sikhi
9/11: Personal Loss and Public Lessons
Healing Ecology:  A Buddhist Perspective on the Eco-crisis
Exploring Gender Justice and Human Rights in Punjab
The History of Our Views Regarding Faith, Sexuality, and Gender Identity
How Quakers Experience Stillness
Hate at Home: Antisemitism and Why It Matters Today
White Responsibility: A Conversation on Race & Faith in the Heartland
Modern Science and Spirituality: Mystery as Common Ground with George Wolfe
The Disneyfication of Climate Crisis
Writing a Land Acknowledgement Workshop
The Virgin Mary in Christian Art with Abby Schwartz
Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Peace
Healing a Shattered Soul with Mindy Corporon
Faith for Earth: A Call for Action
Adishakti -The Hindu Divine Feminine in Faith and Society with Tahil Sharma
Mark Podwal: Jewish Ritual Art w/ a Twist of Whimsy & Humor w/ Abby Schwartz
Bridging Divides in a Divided Nation: A Conversation with Victor Begg
Cultural Appropriation & Commercial Spirituality: A Panel Discussion
Animal Compassion in Religious Tradition with Will Tuttle
"Your Conscience" with Leonard Perlmutter
The Mystical Core of the Major Religious Traditions with Tom McFarlane
Creating Safe Sacred Spaces for LGBTQIA2S+
Deconstruction with Phil Drysdale
Recognizing Cults & Abuse of Power with Dr. Janja Lalich
SBNR: Spiritual But Not Religious
Living with Grief from COVID-19
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Christianity but Were Afraid to Ask
What is Critical Race Theory?
Green Burial
Values-Driven Marketing with Kylie Slavik
Remaking the Borders of Spirit: Rethinking, Re-imagining and Revising How we View Religion with Philip Goldberg
Ask Me Anything: The Atheist Edition
Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival (DEC 8)
Ask Me Anything: The Judaism Edition (DEC 15)
Nature :: Spirit ~ Listening to Nature As Source (DEC 29)

Recurring Program Offerings:

Keeping Calm in An Oftentimes Distressing World with Zen Master Ji Haeng Mindful Moments
The Divergent Immigrant Experiences with Priyana Kalita
Faith Sharing Series
Ask Me Anything: Conversations with Faith Leaders
 
Programs the Interfaith Center has Co-Sponsored:


The History of Our Views Regarding Faith, Sexuality, and Gender Identity
(with Oxford Area PFLAG and LOVEboldly)
Creating Safe Sacred Spaces for LGBTQIA2S+ (with Oxford Area PFLAG and LOVEboldly)
The Cincinnati Festival of Faiths (with EquaSion)

Immigrant Voices Panel (with Start the Wave and United Religions Initiative)
LGBTQIA2S+ and Spirituality Interfaith Panel (with Start the Wave and United Religions Initiative)
Eco-Spirituality Panel (with Start the Wave and United Religions Initiative)
Awakening to Oneness: Perspectives on Meditation and Contemplative Practices – (with Start the Wave and American Meditation Institute)
Interconnected Justice Workshop #1 - Immigrant Justice (with United Religions Initiative)
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