Interfaith Speakers Bureau Training — Oakland, The Port Workspaces

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Date(s) - Thursday, December 5th, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Port Workspaces


Join Islamic Networks Group on Thursday, December 5th for dinner and to learn more about the Interfaith Speakers Bureau!

The Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB) is an ING program that promotes religious literacy and mutual respect among faiths. Modeled after the Islamic Speakers Bureau, the IFSB organizes panels consisting of two or more representatives from the five major religions speaking on a variety of topics to schools, colleges, universities, and other venues.  The IFSB currently includes Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu speakers and operates in nine San Francisco Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma counties.

In addition to sharing a brief overview of their respective faiths, IFSB speakers are trained to speak on more than a dozen contemporary topics, including “Living the Faith,” “Shared Values,” “Extremism,” “Women in Religion,” “Peacemaking,” and “Separation of Church and State.” Additionally, the Jewish-Muslim panel addresses common concerns and interests of the two largest religious minorities in the United States. And the Jewish-Sikh-Muslim panel addresses bullying prevention for schools.

ING speakers in the IFSB program are certified after a process of professional development, testing, and observation in a live setting by veteran speakers, who collectively have more than 50 years of experience in public speaking.  ING speakers adhere to the highest level of academic neutrality and objectivity when teaching about religion, as outlined in ING and the First Amendment Center.

Who should attend this training? 

ING’s Interfaith Speakers Bureau is looking for speakers representing the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, or Muslim religions. The speakers training prepares you to speak and educate about your religion on panels in schools, colleges, community centers, faith-based organizations, and other venues. If you have an interest in educating diverse audiences (from schools to colleges to interfaith groups) about perspectives of your faith, serving as an IFSB speaker is a rewarding opportunity to build bridges of understanding among people of different religions and cultures, a critically important task in our country and world today.

This training session will cover ING’s background and mission, the context for IFSB panels in today’s environment, the purpose and format of IFSB panels, speaker procedures, tips and guidelines, and the basics of IFSB panel content. Participants who choose to complete the training process will receive an IFSB panelist kit containing the content for IFSB panels.

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