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Round table discussion about the future of spiritual life
In celebration of IFYC alum Jen Bailey's new book "To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss and Radical Hope" join us for an alumni round table discussion about the future of spiritual life. In times of great social upheaval and instability, what rituals, practices, and traditions do we carry forth to help us meet the urgency of this moment? How do we discern that which no longer serves us? What new innovations might we seed to craft a new way forward?

Moderator: Reverend Jen Bailey
Discussion partners: (see bios below)
-Harmeet Kaur Kamboj
-Maya Williams
-Mia Willis
-Byron Tyler Coles

All registrants will be entered to win a free signed copy of "To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss and Radical Hope". Registering for this e-mail means opting-in for IFYC's communications.

Nov 11, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Jen Bailey
Founder and Executive Director @Faith Matters Network
Named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress, Reverend Jen Bailey is an ordained minister, public theologian, and a national leader in the multi-faith movement for justice. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Faith Matters Network, Co-Founder of the People's Supper, and author of To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss and Radical Hope. Rev. Bailey is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @revjenbailey.
Harmeet Kaur Kamboj
Harmeet Kaur Kamboj (they/them) is a Sikh American interfaith organizer, writer, educator, and the editor of Faith in Full Color. They are a candidate for the Master of Sacred Theology (STM) at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Harmeet's scholarship centers the experiences of marginalized communities of faith in the United States and the ways that these communities organize politically. Their public writing has been featured in the Religion News Service, Sojourners, and Interfaith America. Prior to pursuing an STM, Harmeet worked at America Indivisible, the Public Religion Research Institute, and the Campaign for Youth Justice. @harmeet_kamboj
Maya Williams
Maya Williams (ey/they/she) is a religious Black Mixed Race suicide survivor and the seventh poet laureate of Portland, Maine. Maya was a Better Together Coach as an undergraduate student at East Carolina University, is a recipient of the IFYC Alumni Interfaith Leadership Fund and is an Interfaith Innovation Fellow along with creative partner Mia S. Willis (they/them). Mia and Maya co-host the video essay series Dying/Laughing, a live action and animation discussion series dedicated to speaking candidly about suicidality and confronting its representations in entertainment media. You can find Maya as one of three artists of color representing Maine in The Kennedy Center's Arts Across America series and more of their published work on the website mayawilliamspoet.com. Connect on Twitter @ emmdubb16
Byron Tyler Coles
Rev. Byron Tyler Coles (they/he) is native of Roanoke, VA, and the only child of Monica and Terry. Inspired by the wisdom of their Unitarian Universalist and Wiccan traditions, Tyler believes the best of our individual tasks are in working for collective liberation. Tyler currently serves as a staff member of the Unitarian Universalist Association where they support faithful leadership across the American South.
Mia S. Willis
Mia S. Willis is a Black performance poet from Charlotte, North Carolina. Their work has been featured in homology lit, FreezeRay, Narrative Northeast, Peculiar, Slamfind, and others. Mia's poem "hecatomb." won the 2018 Foothill Editors’ Prize, earning nominations for the Pushcart Prize and for inclusion in Best New Poets. In 2019, Mia was named the first two-time Capturing Fire Slam Champion, a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, the Young Artist Fellow at Chashama’s ChaNorth residency, a collaborator in Forward Together’s Transgender Day of Resilience Art Project, and a performing artist on RADAR Productions’ Sister Spit 2020 Tour. Their debut poetry collection, monster house., was the 2018 winner of the Cave Canem Foundation’s Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize and is available with Jai-Alai Books. Connect with Mia on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram (@poetinthehat).