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Breakout Session Block #2 [clear filter]
Saturday, February 20
 

2:30pm EST

Agnostic Adopted Asian-American in the South
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Annabel Bunton
You would think two southern Christian white parents raising their child named Annabel would believe in a deity. This breakout session is about evaluating our biases about secular worldviews and how the use of religion impacts marginalized identities.

Saturday February 20, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Zoom

2:30pm EST

Diversity and multicultural identities in Israel
ZOOM LINK
Orr Grosman (Elon University Hillel)
Israel is a very diverse multicultural state that is a home to many religions and faiths and ethnic minority groups. Orr will aim to expose students to a broader definition of multiculturalism and pluralism through in Israeli lens. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of what aspiring towards multiple values looks like in Israel, knowledge and understanding of majority and minority groups in Israel, and the importance of narratives and acceptance in a diverse society.

Saturday February 20, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Zoom

2:30pm EST

Faith + Justice in the Age of Black Lives Matter
ZOOM LINK
Olivia Elder - FWD.us
At its core, Olivia's breakout session will be about what "liberation" and "justice" mean and who they're for. She will provide a faith-based narrative history of the American criminal legal system, but she will also provide allegory for the global struggle to be free. While this training will be largely presented in a racial justice frame, Olivia will lay out the argument that Black Lives Matter, Abolish the Police, Families Belong Together, Abolish ICE, Love is Love are all one call -- a call that belongs to all people of faith, because our faith tells us so. Every global faith tradition (and many non-traditional traditions that function like faith) focuses on justice, redemption, and family. The systems that we live under in the US are designed to separate Black and Brown families, focus on punishment rather than redemption, and are inherently unjust. All of us are called to fight for something better for all of us -- liberation of everyone depends on the liberation of the least among us.
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Olivia Elder is a nonprofit professional, organizer, and dancer based in Washington, DC. Raised in Houston and New Orleans, Olivia moved to DC to attend The George Washington University, where she studied International Affairs with a concentration in Contemporary Societies and Cultures. During her undergraduate studies, she focused mainly on faith-based and minority communities, particularly on the role that faith has on social movements. Currently, she works on the criminal justice reform team at FWD.us, where she focuses on families of incarcerated people. She has led faith and justice workshops around the District and sits on the board of a DC-based service organization.

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Olivia Elder

Olivia Elder is a nonprofit professional, organizer, and dancer based in Washington, DC. Raised in Houston and New Orleans, Olivia moved to DC to attend The George Washington University, where she studied International Affairs with a concentration in Contemporary Societies and Cultures... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Zoom

2:30pm EST

In the Midst of it All: Fellowship in the Time of COVID
ZOOM LINK
Hailey Schumann
This session will revolve around the question of how the pandemic has impacted the lives of college students, specifically students who suffer from chronic illness, mental health, or physical disabilities. This session will be predominantly discussion based and so participants will be expected to take notes during parts in order to best contribute. We will touch on how those of faith and non faith find meaning in crisis and where hope comes from in the midst of times where we are apart from one another. No background knowledge is necessary, as most of this session will involve talks out of personal experiences.

Saturday February 20, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Zoom

2:30pm EST

Queer and Divine: Discussing Intersections of Faith, Spirituality, Sexuality, and Gender
ZOOM LINK

Student leaders Anna Ditesheim and Lily Kays will introduce Elon University’s new Spirit and Pride initiative to support the spiritual lives (religious and nonreligious) of LGBTQIA+ students. This will include sharing about religious trauma as well as ways students are integrating spirituality and sexuality. Anna and Lily will also talk about their podcast Queer and Divine, which features diverse LGBTQIA+ experiences and stories. Finally, they will create space for attendees to join the discussion and to share their experiences around the intersections of faith/spirituality, gender, and sexuality.


Saturday February 20, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Zoom

2:30pm EST

The Ins and Outs of Engagement: A Hillel Perspective
ZOOM LINK
Ian Myers & Lindsay Rozenzweig
Engaging with new members isn’t always easy. Each individual brings their own background, experiences, and identity that shape the ways they choose to be involved in college life. As student leaders, we also bring our own experiences and utilize our individual strengths when engaging with others. Elon Hillel has taken strides to shape its engagement program, which involves outreach and continuous engagement with its members. Come learn about important skills that help make engagement successful and can be applied to your own organizations! Our session is open to anyone who wants to learn more about how to engage within their own organizations and no prior knowledge is needed! Please bring paper and a pen.

Saturday February 20, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Zoom

2:30pm EST

What's That Symbol?
ZOOM LINK
Joey Haynes​​​​
If you are new to Interfaith or learning about religious diversity, you may be wondering what the significance is of the symbols used on t-shirts and bumper stickers! Join us as we explore religious and spiritual symbols from around the world and their meaning.

Saturday February 20, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Zoom
 
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