Made in Michigan Interfaith Lab
Dates for the 2020-2021 MIMIL are still to come.
Thanks to a grant from the Interfaith Youth Core, Campus Interfaith hosts an interfaith leadership conference each year. We work with organizations across the West Michigan area to put on this event each year. This is open to all students who are interested in being interfaith organizers on their campus and in their community. If you are unable to attend our conference, here is a list of other IFYC regional gatherings.
How do I attend the MIMIL and meet my observance needs?
- Interfaith Room – Throughout the MIMIL an interfaith room is available for prayer, meditation, reflection, and more. Participants are encouraged to use this shared space at any time during the ILI. The room is outfitted with prayer rugs and sheets for the floor, candles, kosher challah bread, kosher grape juice, a whiteboard, and markers. Due to the great diversity of traditions and practices represented, IFYC does not provide organized services or observances. Instead, we encourage participants to use the whiteboard and markers to organize their own DIY reflections and observances with fellow participants.
- Break Times – The MIMIL is sprinkled with short breaks so that participants can take the time to meet their physical, spiritual, and mental needs.
- Meals – Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and dairy free options are available for participants to request. If you have other dietary needs please let us know and we will work with you to get them.
Who Should Attend?
- Leaders of religious, secular, or spiritual student organizations
- Students who want to explore connections between interfaith and social justice
- Administers or faculty that are thinking about starting or advising an interfaith program
What are the learning outcomes?
- Establish a basic knowledge of correct interfaith terms and usages. Develop individual and institutional ethics or theologies of interfaith cooperation
- Explore effective dialogue facilitation skills, diverse religious and philosophical traditions, and shared values through formal and informal opportunities
- Create a plan to bring interfaith leadership learned at the conference to campuses through integrating interfaith into appropriate aspects of campus life, recruiting students into interfaith work, and planning events both on campus and community wide to promote diversity and interfaith inclusion.
“The lab allowed me to sharpen my skills around interfaith work on campus, to survey the interfaith climate and activities at other Michigan colleges, while being able to both learn and engage in a hyper local interfaith work that exists within our community.”
—Maddie Rhodes, GVSU Class of 2019