Young Adults: Interfaith Voices in West Michigan
August 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Moderated by Zahabia Ahmed-Usamani, Program Coordinator, Kaufman Interfaith Institute
$10 donation suggested
(Registration required) Zoom Presentation
Join us for a virtual panel discussion of three young adults—Jewish, Islamic, and Christian—sharing their faith and experience. They will explore the spiritual needs and practices of young adults, especially as the pandemic begins to recede. This panel discussion will be facilitated by Zahabia Ahmed-Usamani, program coordinator for the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley University. All ages welcome.
Allison Hawkins is the youth and young adult minister at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Kentwood. She grew up at St. Mary Magdalen and is blessed to be able to serve her home parish. She believes that she is especially blessed by the diversity of the parish and is continually inspired by the young people she ministers to on a regular basis–including those in juvenile detention, where she has volunteered for the past three years. Before becoming involved in ministry, she worked in a variety of fields including IT, commercials, archives, education, and writing. She loves stories and storytelling, and when she is not working in youth ministry, she can often be found writing, reading, bouldering, or practicing Uechi Ryu karate.
Amina Mohamed is a Diversity and Institutional Equity Coordinator at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn. She previously taught first grade at an independent school in New York, third grade in Harlem, and English Learners from immigrant and refugee backgrounds in Michigan. Amina was also the founder of iLEAD (Institute of Leadership, Empowerment, Activism, and Dialogue), an after-school program that centers the narratives of refugees in the United States through storytelling and community-based dialogues. Last year, Amina was a recipient of the 2020 Interfaith America Racial Equity Media Fellowship where she published articles on reimagining the classroom curriculum and community using an abolitionist lens. She is committed to storytelling, liberation, and intentional community building.
Nicole Newman is a Reform Jew and a member of Temple Emanuel. She teaches the 7th grade at the United Jewish School. Nicole received a BS in molecular biology from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor as part of an NROTC scholarship and served 4 years on active duty in the Marine Corps afterwards, including an overseas deployment to Afghanistan. After leaving the Marines, she received her BSN from Grand Valley State University and has been working as a nurse ever since. She recently received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan Flint and looks forward to working as a Nurse Practitioner in the near future. She believes interfaith cooperation is essential and mutually beneficial. Ignorance and hate find a much harder time flourishing in the absence of separation and distrust. Interfaith partnerships like this help break down these barriers and promote understanding.