Four Merrimack students are attending the new college track of IFYI Summer Institute 2011 at Brandeis University, thanks to scholarships from the College's Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations and a generous grant from the William and Mary Greve Foundation.

Chelsea Comfort, Anna Ndamba, Neha Patel and Mark Tiberi all arrived for registration on Sunday, July 10th.  Students live on the Brandeis campus for this 8-day immersion program run by Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries. Founded in 1966, CMM is the greater Boston area's oldest interfaith social justice network.  IFYI is a powerful and transformative experience for teens and college students. Together they will interpret and embody their own spiritual visions of justice and peace on the campus of Brandeis University, while living out Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s "Beloved Community."

Follow Chelsea, Anna, Neha and Mark this week as they attend workshops on spiritual practices, interfaith identity, peacemaking & leadership skills; walk for justice, peace and the environment; and attend religious services of various faith traditions.  The leadership and dialogue skills they develop will enrich our campus when they return as students in the fall.

Click here to follow the student blog: http://ifyimerrimack.blogspot.com/

The theme for 2011 is "Building the World House."  This program offers a dynamic mix of community building, fun social activities, workshops, service experiences, and learning trips which engage urban and suburban realities. Youth express their visions of faith, justice and peace through visual art, poetry/spoken word, theological reflection, dance, drama and film.  All are welcome at IFYI! Youth and staff come from diverse religious backgrounds and grow more deeply in their own religious traditions through dialogue and interaction with others.

Please join our students for the closing ceremony at Brandeis on Sunday, July 17th from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. It will be a "Celebration of Transformation."  Click here to download the flyer.

IFYI has five Core Values: Building Bridges, Engaging Faith, Training Leaders, Making Peace, and Serving Others.  For more information on CMM and IFYI:  http://coopmet.org/IFYI.html