Thursday, November 20, 2014

Read up! Founder, Beth Katz, was featured in the November issue of The Interfaith Observer...

Congregation Temple Israel was the first permanent Jewish house of worship
in Nebraska, built in 1884. - Photo: Jewish American Society for Historical Preservation

"Navigating Life as Second-Generation Americans"  

In this recent article, Beth Katz shares the struggles and realities faced by Second-Generation Americans in past and present. She shows the parallels between her parents' stories and and the stories of many other Second-Generation Americans (SGAs) as they assimilate into American society. SGAs experience ignorance and stereotypes based on their religious/ethnic identities. Read about how Millennial generation is confronting different types of discrimination and expressing their identity in new ways. 

"My parents downplayed their identities as Jewish Americans in order to assimilate into the wider culture. Today’s SGAs (as well as their non-SGA peers) choose to assert their multiple identities as Americans and as members of their respective religious/spiritual and ethnic communities" (Katz, 2014).

Click here to read the full article!

Beth Katz is Founder and Executive Director of Project Interfaith.   Beth got bitten by the interfaith bug in college, where she first got involved in interfaith work as the co-founder of a student interfaith group. Her passion for creating a world where people of all faiths,  beliefs, and cultures are valued and included led her to come back to her hometown of Omaha after graduate school to start Project Interfaith... Full story here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Moses the Underrated Prophet of God
by Donald Schellberg 

As a member of the Baha'i Faith I accept the divine origin of all faiths.   They were revealed by very special people who had a very unique relationship with the Creator, far above and beyond even the most pious of believers.  In recent days I have thought a lot about Moses and have begun to appreciate Him a lot more.  Sure, Christians, Baha'is and Muslims accept the station of Moses, but always on the way to venerating our own founders; sometimes, however, we lose sight of his incredible accomplishments.  
Mount Sinai, "Full Moon at Dusk"

The context is very compelling, a member of an oppressed minority, raised in the home of the Pharaoh throwing it all away by committing manslaughter and becoming a fugitive.  In the state of Pennsylvania where I live, he would have been looking at a prison sentence of 6 to 12 years, but He had a vision of God, a vision so powerful that he returned to his native country in spite of the inevitable consequences.   His mission was to confront the most powerful man of the most powerful kingdom on earth.

Often, we look at movies of Moses with all their special effects and it seems to minimize his great accomplishments.  Sure, I believe that the Spirit of God was him, when a flash flood  destroyed much of the Egyptian army but that does not take away the tremendous effort that was involved in liberating an entire people from the yoke of slavery,  turning them away from a culture death to one that celebrated life and, at that same time, creating a civilization that has had a tremendous impact on much of the world's cultures.  That in my opinion is the true miracle of Moses.

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Donald Schellberg Bio:I was born in 1951.  When I was 3 I was one of the last people in the US to contract polio.  I was hospitalized for 1 year, for intense physical therapy because I was paralyzed until age 4.  I grew up in an affluent neighborhood of Long Island, my father was not a church going man, but my mother was a fairly religious Irish Catholic.  I became a member of the Baha'i Faith when I was 20 because of my belief of the essential oneness of all faiths.  When I was 25 years old I went to Panama to work on several Baha'i projects, the most notable of which was Radio Baha'i in Chiriqui which was the first organization to broadcast radio programs in the Guaymie language.  I returned to the United States in 1994 where I have worked as a software engineer until the present time.  In 2012 I had open heart surgery to fix a leaky mitral valve (a condition caused by a disease I caught in Panama) but  I have made a complete recovery.  I have three college age children, Melanie, Christopher, and Stephanie.  I tend to be a non literalist when studying religious faiths and am attracted to the mystical side.  I believe the physical world is a dim reflection of the spiritual.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

E  X T R A   E  X T R A
R E A D A L L A B O U T I T!

Project Interfaith's Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014 is available for your review! In it, we have highlighted our most important accomplishments and successes from Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1st, 2013 - June 30th, 2014).

We would like to thank you again for your financial support, generosity, and continued partnership.

None of our work in Fiscal Year 2014
would have been  possible without you!

Your assistance was pivotal in building Project Interfaith's capacity and helping to expand our ability to grow understanding, respect, and relationships among people of all faiths, beliefs, and cultures. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have regarding the progress report. 
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A  visual response to


Welcome to the special blog series to showcase the  
Unraveled Traveling Art Exhibit 
Unraveled is a traveling art exhibit based on the themes 
explored in Project Interfaith's is an interactive, multimedia website featuring  more than 1,000 short video interviews of people discussing their  religious or spiritual identity, stereotypes that they have encountered,  and how welcoming they have found their communities to be.

The fifth artist in our series is Neil Orians and his piece called

My Most Important Self Portrait Yet #1
(my anxiety is real my gender is constructed)
Neil Orians
Digital print on kozo, stitching,
thread and needle on paper

This piece boldly questions the idea of gender identity.  Orians' masculine appearance and performance made his coming out a surprise to many. Many in the church thought he was confused or going through a phase. When Orians made this piece he thought about how those people in his former church would feel about the statement he created.

 Unraveled is currently moving to a new site
  Saint Paul United Methodist Church
(1144 M Street, Lincoln, NE 68508)
November 3, 2014 to December 1, 2014

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Unraveled Traveling Art Exhibit!

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