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‘Future50′ cohort named by USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture; report cites participants’ achievements, perspectives

The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, in partnership with the Interreligious Council of Southern California (IRC), is pleased to announce the selection of a talented and diverse group of faith leaders for Future50—a project that seeks to discover, spotlight and provide support to the rising generation of leaders inspired by their faith who are committed to the IRC’s core values. Read more here.

Interfaith Observer Dec, 15, 2014, article is here.

USC Rossier School of Education Dec. 24, 2014 article is here.

To download full report: http://crcc.usc.edu/initiatives/future50/report.html

Link to USCCRCC, Future50: http://crcc.usc.edu/initiatives/future50/

Future50 Cohort

[ USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, July 8, 2014 ] — We are pleased to announce the selection of the Future50 cohort.  These rising leaders are just a small sample of the talented individuals working in Los Angeles at the intersection of faith, pluralism and social change.

Sumaya Abubaker
Cofounder, Rahma Network

Omar Ahmed
President, Impact Southern California

Cullen Armet
Program Coordinator, Emergency Network of Los Angeles

Eden Banarie
Youth Engagement Coordinator, Jewish World Watch

Sarah Bassin
Assistant Rabbi, Temple Emanuel

Dawnesha Beaver
Director of Special Projects and Community Initiatives, New Mt. Calvary Baptist Church

Yvonne Chang
Associate Pastor, University Presbyterian Church

Jason Chu
Hip-hop artist

Liza Colenzo
American Sign Language Activist

McKenzie Eggers
Director of Public Affairs, The Los Angeles Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Shawn Evelyn
Chair, Program Group of Youth/Young Adult Ministries, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles

Malka Fenyvesi
Managing Director, Avi Schaefer Fund

Nancy Frausto
Associate Rector and Priest-in-Charge, St. Mary’s Church and Trinity Episcopal Church

Todd Gallinger
Director of Chapter Development, Council on American Islamic Relations

Arin Ghosh
Youth Leader, Vedanta International Cultural Center

Albert Giang
Member, Program Group for Youth Ministry, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles / All Saints Pasadena

Courtney Gonzales
Volunteer, New Dwaraka Temple ISKON

Caedmon Grace
Minister of Congregational Care, Founders Metropolitan Community Church

Nathan Graeser
Community Liaison/Analyst, USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families

Adam Greenwald
Director of the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program, American Jewish University

Aziza Hasan
Interim Executive Director, NewGround: A Muslim Jewish Partnership for Change

Naama Haviv
Assistant Director, Jewish World Watch

Deana Helmy
Director of Programs and Compliance, Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies

Zachary Hoover
Executive Director, LA Voice

Milia Islam-Majeed
Executive Director, South Coast Interfaith Council

Sarah Jawaid
Organizer, LA Voice

Nathaniel Katz
Director of Communications, Claremont School of Theology

Jyotswaroop Kaur
Education Director, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Sondos Kholaki
President of the Board of Directors, Islamic Center of Irvine

David Levitus
Director of Development, Yiddishkayt

Bailey London
Executive Director, USC Hillel Foundation

Nathanel Lowe
Community Engagement Coordinator, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles

Victor Luna
President of the Board, Friends of School Mental Health

Daniela Madrid
Volunteer, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Lia Mandelbaum
Blogger for Sacred Intentions, Jewish Journal

Haroon Manjlai
Public Affairs Coordinator, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter

Sable Manson
Director of Residential Life, USC Office of Religious Life

Ali Mir
Director of Muslim Student Life, USC Office of Religious Life

Michael Morgan
Volunteer Chaplain, Veterans Administration

Timothy Murphy
Executive Director, Progressive Christians Uniting

Bharathwaj Nandakumar
Director of Hindu Student Life, USC Office of Religious Life

Tasneem Noor
CEO/Life Coach, Noor Enterprises: SOULful Transformation

Demontre Reever
Youth Pastor, Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church

Jonathan Russell
Chaplain, Union Rescue Mission
Blogger at HomebrewedChristianity.com

Affad Shaikh
Delegate, California’s 36th District Democratic Party

Tahil Sharma
United Nations Youth Representative, Parliament of the World’s Religions
Coordinator for the Center for Sikh Studies, Claremont Lincoln University

Treasure Sheppard
Outside Events Coordinator, Lake Avenue Church

Angad Singh
Volunteer, Sikh School of Los Angeles

Steven Smith
Director of Communications for Admissions, Fuller Theological Seminary

Chris Untiet
Faith Relations Manager, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

 Previous Releases

Please note, earlier versions of these stories cited the cohort’s initial name, “Future45,” which was expanded to “Future50” in anticipation of a 5-year exchange leading up to IRC’s 50th year.

Nominations open for interfaith ‘Future50’

Young adults will share in mentoring,
bridge-building initiative

Los Angeles – To serve young adults emerging in service and leadership within their Southern California faith communities, the Interreligious Council of Southern California (IRC) and the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) have partnered to convene the “Future50,” a mentoring and bridge-building initiative marking IRC’s 45th year and looking toward its 50th.

Nominations (here) are now open through May 19, 2014, for participants in a cohort of 50 persons, ages 24-35, to share in education and service opportunities including one-to-one consultations with veteran faith leaders and helping to build a local Habitat for Humanity home for a deserving family.

“Future50 participants will benefit from exploring diverse traditions and finding common cause both now and for the years ahead,” said Robert Williams, an IRC vice president representing the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. “IRC is honored to collaborate with CRCC and the Future45 cohort, honoring the varied ways that faith communities engage and nurture young adults, including those with leadership potential.”

“The future religious leadership of Los Angeles will be those who are committed to making the city better for all; those whose work breathes new life into congregations and faith-based organizations; and those who see the deep and complex pluralism of LA as one of its greatest assets,” said Brie Jeanette Loskota, CRCC managing director. “Future50 seeks to uncover the emerging talent that exists in Southern California’s faith communities.”

More information is available from Loskota, bloskota@usc.edu.

IRC member faith groups are:

Armenian Apostolic Church – Western Diocese

Baha’i Communities of the Greater Los Angeles Area

Board of Rabbis of Southern California

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles

International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Islamic Center of Southern California

Los Angeles Buddhist Union

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Sikh Council of Southern California

Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Southern California Ecumenical Council

Vedanta Society of Southern California

About Future50

The Interreligious Council of Los Angeles (IRC) and the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) have partnered to create a project celebrating the 45th anniversary of IRC in December 2014.

This project, Future50, celebrates the four-and-a-half decades of IRC work to build interreligious understanding and cooperation in Los Angeles, by identifying the emerging faith leaders committed to the values of IRC and to building a better Los Angeles for all.

For the last 45 years, the Interreligious Council of Southern California (IRC) has been working to build bridges of understanding and cooperation between faith groups. In honor of the Council’s 45th anniversary — and looking toward its 50th year, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture in partnership with IRC has launched Future50. This project seeks to uncover, highlight, and provide support to the rising generation of leaders inspired by their faith who are committed to the values core to IRC.

Applications

Future50 seeks applications from young adults between the ages of 24-35, involved in religious life in Los Angeles, committed to religious pluralism, and understand the value of civility. For complete application information and selection criteria, visit the application section of the website.

Applications will be accepted from Feb. 28, 2014, through April 25, 2014, here.

A cohort of up to  rising leaders will be announced on the CRCC Future50 website and in a report documenting their inspiring work.

Those selected for the Future50 cohort will also be invited to participate in networking and mentoring activities under the direction of the Interreligious Council of Southern California.

About the Interreligious Council of Los Angeles (http://irc-socal.org)

The Interreligious Council of Southern California is a unique model of interreligious cooperation and collaboration made possible by the rich and diverse population of the region. Founded in 1969 as a conventional interfaith coalition of Protestants, Catholics, and Jews, it soon welcomed the membership of the Islamic Community.

Today the Interreligious Council fulfills the promise of its name with the participation of all of the major religions of the world. Official delegates of the member organizations take part in the planning, decision making, and implementation of all programs of the Council.

Members of the Interreligious Council

Armenian Apostolic Church – Western Diocese

Baha’i Communities of the Greater Los Angeles Area

Board of Rabbis of Southern California

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles

International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Islamic Center of Southern California

Los Angeles Buddhist Union

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Sikh Council of Southern California

Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Southern California Ecumenical Council

Vedanta Society of Southern California

About the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (crcc.usc.edu)

The Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC was founded in 1996 to create, translate, and disseminate scholarship on the civic role of religion in a globalizing world. CRCC engages scholars and builds communities in Los Angeles and around the globe. Its innovative partnerships link academics and the faith community to empower emerging leaders through programs like the Passing the Mantle Clergy and Lay Leadership Institute, for African American church leaders, and the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute.

Since its inception, the Center has managed over $25 million in grant-funded research from corporations, foundations, and government agencies. In 2002, CRCC was recognized as a Pew Center of Excellence, one of ten university-based research centers. Currently, the Center houses more than 20 research initiatives on topics such as Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity, the transmission of religious values across generations, faith-based non-governmental organizations, and the connection between spirituality and social transformation.
Future45 Contact
Pease email Brie Loskota, Managing Director, USC Center for Religion & Civic Culture regarding the Future45 project bloskota@usc.edu

www.irc-socal.org