European Network of Young Interfaith Leaders
Responding to increasing diversity is one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime. By empowering young change-makers working in the interfaith & intercultural sector, we’ll increase the impact of numerous projects & gain more young advocates. Together we will create a united, cohesive Europe.
Interreligious conflict is on the rise throughout Europe, with increased incidents of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Young Europeans are also susceptible to extremist agendas. We stand in solidarity with those from all religions and none, to challenge stereotypes, promote integration and tolerance, to build understanding and foster pluralism. See: http://active-interfaith.eu/blog/ for more.
While we recognise the importance of connecting “traditional” community leaders, often they don't fully understand young people and don’t know their experiences – as well as which of them are at risk. We believe Europe needs to connect its youth-led interfaith efforts so that young people have a supportive resilient community equipped to face racism, radicalisation etc. This is what we are building.
Our aim is to increase the capacity of those working in the interfaith/intercultural sector in order to grow participation of young Europeans in this work. We also aim to increase youth equity in civil society leadership.
• A Europe-wide alliance of youth organisations and young leaders working in the intercultural & interfaith sector, working together to boost capacity
• A core group of key leaders, representing these alliance partners, will have received training (at our unConference) by experts, as well as through shared learning, in key areas, to increase their impact
• We will have established this network as an organisation, allowing us to increase our reach through follow-up fundraising and grant-writing, as well as through offering training and consultancy services
We work through informal education, skills-exchange and shared experiences. We’ll gather a small group of young leaders representing many organisations (which could include others submitting ideas here!) at our first unConference, providing training, as well as building the network. Our partners can become affiliates formally or informally (the key is community) so that we have the logistical capacity to arrange such a gathering annually, supported by our other networks, including URI. Rather than a conference with a virtual follow-up, we’ll work towards regular meetings at smaller levels (regional etc.) so the community continues to grow and is co-created by the members (not just us) and so that training continues. The following year, our UnConference will be larger and wider reaching.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
When we use the term “interfaith” we have an inclusive understanding and our work is open to people from all and no religious backgrounds. Interfaith work for us is a proactive response to the cultural tensions prevalent in much of Europe, building tolerance and fostering pluralism.