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Inaugural Interfaith Fellowships

Posted by on Thursday, September 10, 2020 in News.

First Interfaith Fellows Announced

The Office of Religious Life is pleased to announce the inaugural cohort of Interfaith Fellows.

The Rev. Gretchen Person will lead the first cohort of Interfaith Fellows.

Created by the Rev. Gretchen Person, Associate University Chaplain and Associate Director of Religious Life, the Interfaith Fellowships program gathers student leaders from across the colleges and schools at Vanderbilt for sustained dialogue across lines of difference.  Fellows have a demonstrated commitment to interfaith cooperation, devotion to understanding various worldviews, passion for justice, and dedication to peace, hospitality, service, and sustainability in a religiously pluralistic world.

The first cohort includes:

  • Megan Cammack – Intern, Religious Life; Vanderbilt Divinity School
  • Hanan Fakhruddin – President, Muslim Student Association
  • Demiana Farag – President, Orthodox Christian Fellowship
  • Sreekar Miriyala – Vice President, Vandy Karma
  • Lena Robertson – President, Secular Student Alliance
  • Alon Sugarman – President, Jewish Law Student Association

The Interfaith Fellows have already begun their work together by participating in an online retreat that included the Narrative 4 process of story-exchange, which seeks to build empathy through sharing personal narrative.  Throughout the academic year, the Fellows will join in learning about diverse faith, spiritual, and secular perspectives; learn and practice methods of civil and authentic discourse across lines of difference; and work to complete an interfaith project in the community beyond campus.