I’ve been back in NC for awhile now, so I’m back to saying things like y’all and going to restaurants with names like Yella Bird.
But I never truly reflected on my first time in New York City earlier in August. So today, here I am with some photos and reflections.
I went to the Interfaith Leadership Institute hosted by the Interfaith Youth Core, which promotes interfaith dialogue and activities on college campuses around the nations. If you’re a college student, you might be familiar with the Better Together campaign/organization on college campuses.
In a nutshell, this conference trained us to voice our beliefs, world views and how we came to support interfaith work. Then, it trained us to engage in meaningful conversations with people across a variety of backgrounds. And finally, it brought it all together by preparing us to act to make a difference in our communities. To make life better, all together. Ultimately, we were trained to lead service events through an interfaith perspective where people who share common values come together to break boundaries and promote cooperation.
The conference was a mixture of classroom training sessions, speakers like founder/president of the Interfaith Youth Core, Eboo Patel, and other seminars. We also got a chance to explore some of the city.
While I didn’t get to do as much touristy things as I wished, I did enjoy walking around Washington Square Park and going into Strands bookstore. Oh, and eating gelato.
I really enjoyed the city and finding my way around. I liked the city feel and I can’t wait to go back and explore New York some more in the future.
I have mixed feelings about the conference and what I learned while I was there. But that can be a whole other story. Ultimately, it caused me to question my religion, it challenged my faith and made me take a step back. It was interesting. I’m not sure what role this conference or interfaith work has in my life. Or why God called me to go to this conference, even though I had no experience with interfaith work before.
But we shall see what this upcoming semester brings. I think I will write more about what I learned this summer and more reflections about this conference soon!
Have you guys been to New York? What did you do there? I hope you all have great weekends.