Racial Equity

On Loving the ‘Spiritual Misfits’ and Reimagining the Possible

November 19, 2021

What happens when five thoughtful leaders from different religious traditions gather in one virtual space? The answer: a mosaic of remarkable moments.

Theologian and author Rev. Jen Bailey, ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, led the conversation, “Composting Religion: Remembering the Past, Cultivating the Future,” on November 11. Listen to the conversation here.

The event featured Maya Williams, a poet and practicing Christian; Harmeet Kaur Kamboj, a Sikh interfaith activist, dancer and educator; Buddhist spoken word artist and poet Mia S. Willis; and the Rev. Byron Tyler Coles, an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and movement chaplain.

Bailey described them as a collection of IFYC alumni “blazing a path forward” and dreaming new things into being.

“Today’s conversation really feels like the culmination of dreams,” Bailey said, noting that she was one of the only African Americans on an IFYC youth council when she joined the interfaith movement as a high school senior. “To be able to facilitate a conversation with other IFYC alumni, all of whom are folks of color, is blowing my mind in the best way, and to be able to share the genius of these incredible, incredible humans is wonderful.”