Tentative dates for our IFYI 2014 will be announced soon (definitely beginning after July 29th. Also, please join CMM for our Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Interfaith Service, January 20th, 2014 at Brandeis University!
From June 25 to July 2, 2013, twenty-five IFYI youth (both high school and college age) and 11 staff participated in a moving and powerful Interfaith Youth Initiative, focusing on this year's theme of "The Ways of Truth and Love." The best way to share the experience is through the words our participants use to describe their time at IFYI:
"I learned that love can happen in 8 days and that it can happen across all barriers."
"IFYI is about the courage to discuss your beliefs and the strength to peacefully disagree."
"I learned that I should not be afraid to be myself which is the first step to walking the way of truth and love."
"I have learnt how different people and religions can reunite."
"IFYI is a place where you become family with people so different from you."
"IFYI fills my spiritual cup and motivated me to make positive change."
"I have learned how better to embrace others as well as myself because of the open community surrounding me."
“Upon leaving IFYI, I had gained a much deeper understanding of my own faith and spirituality, as well as more knowledge concerning the faith traditions of those around me."
For more information about IFYI contact Matt Carriker at IFYI@coopmet.orgor 617-244-3650.
Building Bridges, Engaging Faith, Training Leaders, Making Peace, and Serving Others. Participants explore and embrace their own leadership and peacemaking styles, becoming agents of positive social transformation in their schools, communities, and congregations.