The interfaith education coordinator will work with interfaith managers to organize faith and cultural themed events and talks at the Thomas Merton house, one the five houses within our cooperative. Historically, events have often been linked with social justice as well. The interfaith managers will do most of the scheduling of events while one focus of the Interfaith Education Coordinator will be to create a template which interfaith managers may be guided by when organizing events. To this end, the Interfaith Education Coordinator is expected to network with local religious and culturally based groups in order to establish continuing communication between these institutions and the cooperative.
Examples of previous events include: “The Hooded Man from Abu Ghraib: Echoes of a Christian Symbol,” “Apocalyptic Jihad,” “Political Evil and Politicized Love,” and “The Capitalist Roots of Violence Against Women,” among many others.
Responsibilities may include:
- Developing a sustainable framework for a vibrant interfaith themed community program that engages and enhances the learning experience of members.
- Coordinating the establishment of a mission statement as well as goals and objectives for the interfaith theme.
- Collaborating and connecting with local religious and culturally based groups and individuals.
- Networking with campus based institutions, such as a the MultiCultural Center.
- Developing a network that will allow for the creation of regular events.
- Designing a template to be used by interfaith managers in the future.
- Managing logistics of scheduling events in a space that is shared with cooperative members.
- Creating an intentional space within Merton House that identifies the interfaith theme.
Note: Two interns will be hired as Interfaith Education Coordinators.