We live in a nation made up of people with different truths who often struggle to interact. Although the United States is composed of unprecedented diversity, we have become increasingly divisive, and many communities experience marginalization.
Peacemaking begins by nurturing our youth to build bridges that create larger cultural change.
reGeneration Education is excited to announce its partnership with three Los Angeles area Abrahamic faith schools: Campbell Hall, Islah Academy, and Pressman Academy, to launch the Abrahamic Faith Student Leadership Team.
Unfolding over the course of a school year, these Christian, Muslim, and Jewish middle school student ambassadors students will unite together around shared altruistic goals and a commitment to build a true beloved community. The team will create a new narrative of goodwill based on shared values that embrace our common humanity. They will also cultivate a sense of accountability to themselves, their interfaith teammates and the world through developing and leading a joint service project which all three schools will be participating in.
This isn’t the first time these Abrahamic faith schools have united. Just last fall, reGeneration and Campbell Hall school sponsored an interfaith teacher training in The Way of Council. The Council is a community-building process that encourages attentive listening, as well as honest and compassionate expression.
And in March, Islah Academy and Pressman Academy middle schoolers came together to build bridges through music. They wrote a song called “Pangea,” about the Pangea supercontinent that existed 175 million years ago when all early humans lived on one land. Check out the video below!
reGeneration hopes to build on this momentum with the upcoming Abrahamic Faith Student Leadership Team and support student’s growth as interfaith community leaders by:
- Nurturing Compassionate Listening and Conflict Resolution Skills
During these two-hour long Sunday meetings, students will practice community-building communication skills through listening circles, known as the Way of Council, that recognize each voice needs to be heard and that every person has a gift and a story to share.
- Working Across Difference to Achieve Goals
Drawing upon new interpersonal bonds and wisdom in decision making and healing, Ambassadors will work together to develop and organize a shared service project that they will take back to their schools to participate in and which benefits the greater good of shared Los Angeles society.
- Cultivating Leadership Skills Rooted in Service
Young people develop as leaders when caring adults take the time to give them meaningful feedback and build their self-confidence. The Abrahamic Faith Student Leadership Team Ambassadors will lead a service project in a safe, supported environment that gives them every opportunity to bear witness to their own capabilities and success.
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