Fairfield East Interfaith Youth Hangout
For youth of all faith traditions in grades 7-12
This event is open to United Church of Christ youth from the Fairfield East Association as well as ecumenical and interfaith partners. Youth must be accompanied by an adult and pre-registration is requested before October 29.
Tentative Schedule (3:00 to 6:00 PM)
- Fun, Food, Fellowship!
- Build relationships among neighbors from a variety of faith traditions
- Examine stereotypes and explore skills to confront microaggressions
- Conversation about spiritual practices in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
- Education and networking for youth advisors
Welcome, blessing, reading from sacred scriptures
Mix it up activity (Team building games)
Conversation- panel with breakout groups and programming for youth advisors
Refreshments – including halal and kosher foods
“I strongly feel that it is only when there is a deep understanding of one's own religious beliefs and commitments that progress can be made in achieving true understanding and respect for the religious values and beliefs of others. Engaging in interfaith dialogue does not in any way mean undermining one's own faith or religious tradition. Indeed, interfaith dialogue is constructive only when people become firmly grounded in their own religious traditions and through that process gain a willingness to listen and respect the beliefs of other religions."
― David R. Smock, Interfaith Dialogue and Peacebuilding
This event is sponsored by the Connecticut Conference in partnership with the Newtown Congregational Church.
Funding is provided by a grant from the Baldwin Fund for Interfaith.