The 2011-2012 Children of Abraham Youth Leadership Grants topic is “Present at the Beginning: Celebrating Three Women and Three Faiths”
The 2011-2012 Youth Leadership Grants topic centers on three women from the Abrahamic faiths: Yocheved, mother of Moses; Mary, mother of Jesus; and Khadija, wife of Muhammad. While the lives of these women were quite different, each faced great hardship while exemplifying the qualities of patience, strength and enduring faith. Each was also important in the lives of the founding fathers of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
The following distinguished speakers will assist you in reflecting on your essay and developing your project proposal:
Distinguished Panel of Kick-Off Speakers
Rabbi Rachel Gartner is the Director of Jewish Chaplaincy at Georgetown University. Before turning her sights on campus work, Rabbi Gartner was a pulpit rabbi for four years, served as a chaplain for Jewish aging and elderly, and was part of a rabbinic team at New York City’s Conservative synagogue Bnai Jeshurun.
Sister Helen Scarry is the Roman Catholic Chaplain in Campus Ministry at Georgetown University responsible for ministering to the spiritual needs and programs related to the students, faculty and staff of the School of Nursing and Health Studies and the Medical School.
Dr. Zahra N. Jamal: Khadija: A Window into the Soul of Islam
Dr. Zahra N. Jamal is the Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow on International Women’s Rights at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago, the Director of Strategy and Research at the Isma’ili Tariqah and Religious Education Board USA, and a Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.
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FFC trusts deeply in the creative vision of youth. We see our role as supporting young dedicated visionaries who are already taking on the “mission impossible” task of creating a peaceful world.
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