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Friday, February 18
 

TBA

Getting Zoom fatigue?
Getting Zoom fatigue? Here are some other ways to engage in interfaith during the conference!

Friday February 18, 2022 TBA

8:00am EST

Virtual Red Tent - Self Facilitated
Virtual Red Tent
Lara Struckman and Hannah Podhorzer '19 
Take some time to click around our Red Tent space.
Everyone is welcome to explore this space anytime throughout the conference. There are links on the slide to different activities, playlists, and meditations for you to explore on your own.
RED TENT LINK



Friday February 18, 2022 8:00am - Sunday February 20, 2022 3:30pm EST

4:00pm EST

Welcome & Introduction
Welcome to Ripple Conference 2022!

For an overview of the conference please join us at the link above.

In-person attendees - gather in the McBride gathering space

Friday February 18, 2022 4:00pm - 4:45pm EST
Zoom Webinar

5:30pm EST

Join Elon Hillel for Shabbat
Elon University Hillel hosts Ripple Shabbat


Friday February 18, 2022 5:30pm - 6:10pm EST

6:30pm EST

Keynote Speaker
Welcome to our Keynote!

Please use this link to join us for our zoom webinar.

Speakers
avatar for Huda Alkaff

Huda Alkaff

Founder & Director, Wisconsin Green Muslims
Keynote Speaker Huda Alkaff (she/her) is an ecologist, environmental educator, and the founder and director of Wisconsin Green Muslims, a grassroots environmental justice group formed in 2005 connecting faith, environmental justice, sustainability, and healing through education and... Read More →


Friday February 18, 2022 6:30pm - 7:45pm EST
Zoom Webinar

8:00pm EST

In-person Community Group Meeting
You will break into these groups three times during the conference if you are an in-person participant. Your groups will meet in the same room which will be announced during this first meeting.

Community Group locations:
Catherine Stallsmith '22 - Belk 201
Caroline Penfield '22 - Belk 208
Liz Crouse '22 - NLP Classroom


Friday February 18, 2022 8:00pm - 8:30pm EST
TBA
 
Saturday, February 19
 

TBA

Getting Zoom fatigue?
Getting Zoom fatigue? Here are some other ways to engage in interfaith during the conference!

Saturday February 19, 2022 TBA

9:00am EST

Ripple Help Desk
Ripple Help Desk
Use this space to ask questions and get support during the conference. You can also look for information on our website rippleconference.org or our instagram @therippleconference.

Saturday February 19, 2022 9:00am - Sunday February 20, 2022 2:00pm EST
Zoom Webinar

9:15am EST

Educator Community Group Meeting
Educator Community Group
Facilitated by: Brian Pennington, Director of the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society and Professor of Religious Studies, Elon University
Join us for a shared discussion amongst educators about programs on our campuses, the multifaith work we value on our campuses, and what we wish for in our efforts to build inclusive spaces on campus.
This is also an opportunity to hear some data from Elon University as faculty, staff, and students endeavor to create our next Multifaith Strategic Plan. We’d like to hear from you about what you’ve seen, heard, and learned on your own campuses. What are your ideas for programming, curriculum, and training? What are patterns you notice that need to be addressed? What is the future of multifaith work on university campuses?

Saturday February 19, 2022 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Zoom Webinar

10:00am EST

Morning Introduction
Meet up with Ripple Co-directors Maria & Shannon to reintroduce the events of the day!

Saturday February 19, 2022 10:00am - 10:15am EST
Zoom Webinar or McBride Space

10:15am EST

Optional Morning Meditation
Please use our mainstage link to enter this event.

Saturday February 19, 2022 10:15am - 10:30am EST

10:30am EST

Educator Session: Experiential Learning as Interfaith Work
Experiential Learning as Interfaith Work
Facilitated by: Matt Hoffman, Associate Director for Interfaith Initiatives, Instructor of Religious Studies, and Faculty Director for the Center for Experiential Learning, Warren Wilson College 

Join us for a shared discussion amongst educators about the use of experiential learning techniques in interfaith work, including community engagement, study abroad, immersion trips, and student projects. We will have time to ask questions, share ideas and best practices, and learn from others folks. Matt will also share about a recent Sanctuary Space project, done in collaboration with Root Cause Farm, outside Asheville, NC.
Link for Meeting: meet.google.com/ynr-cdao-fim

Saturday February 19, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am EST

10:30am EST

Breakout Session 1: Exploring the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Our Gateway to Lifelong Prosperity
Exploring the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Our Gateway to Lifelong Prosperity
Jessica Bast, Program Coordinator for  North Carolina State University Office of Sustainability, Elon Alum

This breakout session will focus on exploring the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which provide us with a universal language to discuss sustainability in social, environmental, and economic contexts. The significance of each goal will be explored, as well as the interconnectedness between all of the addressed issues. However, special attention will be given to SDGs 3 (Good Health and Well Being) and 10 (Reduced Inequalities) to dive into the importance of equality and justice and their impact on human well-being.

This session allows all participants to divine deeper to explore how addressing social and environmental injustices is not only crucial to a sustainable future for all but also how they impact human health and well-being. Such injustices I'll be discussing will include global environmental justice issues that plague marginalized communities and issues like restrictions on religious and spiritual identities and forms of expression.

Attendees will leave able to
 1. Understand the interconnectedness of social, environmental, and economic issues (triple bottom line) 
2. Enhance their knowledge of global environmental and social injustices 
3. Brainstorm strategies to personally contribute to the sustainable development goals

Saturday February 19, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
Zoom Webinar

10:30am EST

Love Thy LGBTQ+ Neighbor
Love Thy LGBTQ+ Neighbor
Aubrey Brolsma '23, Hope College

This session expands on a speech given at TEDxHopeCollege about the facilitator's journey starting as a non-affirming evangelical Christian to eventually becoming an out bisexual person and an affirming Christian. There will be structured discussion about faith and sexuality and growing in faith. The session will also cover how faith can change and revolve.  Attendees will  immerse themselves in a conversation about whether their faith has changed or not. Attendees will walk away from the session just having engaged in a hard conversation and maybe learn something about how someone goes from non-affirming to affirming and maybe glean some perspective into that process.
 

Saturday February 19, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
Zoom Webinar

10:30am EST

In Person Session: On the Road To...
On the Road to...
Allison Pelyhes, Multifaith Coordinator, Elon University
Boaz Avraham-Katz, Jewish Educator, Elon University
Imam Shane Atkinson, Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life, Elon University

A session focused on the “journey of belief” that students are on during their time in university. We endeavor to introduce students to the concept of how the exploration of their worldview can shift and there is power in acknowledging that we are all “on the road to…”

Students will leave the session with:
1. Depth in understanding their own tradition 2. what it means to live in community with others from different backgrounds 3. learn ways to sustain their beliefs which propel them into working for good in their communities 

Saturday February 19, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm EST

10:30am EST

In-Person Session: Shabbat Morning with Nature.
Nature Walk for Shabbat Morning
Israel Fellow, Amit Mechior

Join for a nature walk & conversation about the outdoors, spirituality, and where they meet for us. This practice will allow retrospective and a look into our connection between nature, and spiritualism as people from all different faiths.
Meet outside the Numen Lumen Pavilion to walk to the labyrinth.

Saturday February 19, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
Outdoors

12:00pm EST

In-person Community Group Meeting
You will break into these groups three times during the conference if you are an in-person participant. Your groups will meet in the same room which will be announced during this first meeting.


Community Group locations:
Catherine Stallsmith '22 - Belk 201 (red stickers)
Caroline Penfield '22 - Belk 208 (blue stickers)
Liz Crouse '22 - Numen Lumen Pavilion Classroom 201 (green stickers)


Saturday February 19, 2022 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
TBA

12:30pm EST

Lunch Break
Elon attendees -- lunch will be in the McBride Gathering Space.

Lunch is provided for in-person attendees.

Saturday February 19, 2022 12:30pm - 12:45pm EST

1:30pm EST

Break/ Affinity spaces open
Break/ Affinity Spaces Open

After you enter the zoom room you will be offered different breakout rooms. Please jump to different rooms as you feel comfortable.

Don't see breakout rooms? Let Shane know and he will place you in a room of your choosing.

Don't see a space that you would like to participate in and want to create a new one? Let Shane know and he will open a room for you.

THANK YOU TO OUR FACILITATORS!!
BIPOC Space - Megan Hernandez-Green '20
LGBTQIA+ - Spirit & Pride, Elon University cohort on the intersection of spirituality and sexuality
Mental Health and Hidden Disabilities - Brittney Walsh '20
Nonreligious/ secular/ humanist - Hailey Schumann
Jewish - Hannah Podhorzer '19
Imam Shane Atkinson


Saturday February 19, 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST
Zoom Webinar or McBride Space

2:30pm EST

Cooking as Spirituality
Cooking Food as Spirituality
Jennifer Tuft, The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center
This session focuses on how a close relationship to what we eat has the power to restructure the world in more equitable and ecologically sustaining ways. Achieving this starts with interacting with food as a spiritual practice.  

Join Jennifer for a discussion about her journey to becoming a professional chef at a Unitarian Universalist retreat center and how we can turn to food as a grounding reminder in our faith, our community, and ourselves. The process of surrender was an act of faith that Jennifer refers to over and over in her life as a reminder to trust. Through it, she rebuilt her own life on the inspiration of sourdough bread; the rhythm, the building blocks of microbial life, the ancient connection to our ancestors.

Attendees will leave with:
1. Inspiration to hear and trust their inner guidance 2. Giving self permission to form a relationship to their food, no matter what it is 3. Curiosity about what food has to teach us


Saturday February 19, 2022 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Zoom Webinar

2:30pm EST

Environmental Justice Healing Circle
Widening the healing circle: Centering Environmental Justice 
Huda Alkaff, Founder & Director of Wisconsin Green Muslims (our Keynote)

To sustain our interfaith collective power, we need to widen our healing circles through centering respect, appreciative listening, and environmental justice. Learn about environmental justice principles. Reflect on how to widen our healing circles. Share the interfaith commons.
Learn about environmental justice principles. Reflect on how to widen our healing circles. Share the interfaith commons. 

Speakers
avatar for Huda Alkaff

Huda Alkaff

Founder & Director, Wisconsin Green Muslims
Keynote Speaker Huda Alkaff (she/her) is an ecologist, environmental educator, and the founder and director of Wisconsin Green Muslims, a grassroots environmental justice group formed in 2005 connecting faith, environmental justice, sustainability, and healing through education and... Read More →


Saturday February 19, 2022 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Zoom Webinar

2:30pm EST

Faith and Study Abroad Roundtable
Faith and Study Abroad Roundtable
Facilitated by Ivy Breivogel, Elon '23 MHE

Have you studied abroad? Do you want to? This session will be an open discussion about the nuances of religious/spiritual/faith identity and culture in studying abroad. We will talk about challenges and interests, things to consider, tips for traveling and choosing a destination, and more! Come with questions, thoughts, and experiences to share!

Saturday February 19, 2022 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Zoom Webinar

3:30pm EST

Break
Saturday February 19, 2022 3:30pm - 3:45pm EST
Zoom Webinar or McBride Space

3:45pm EST

Authentic Self-Care: Sustaining The Gift That is You
Authentic Self-Care: Sustaining The Gift That is You
Kelsey Baron, Elon University MHE '23

The term "self-care" can be heard across college campuses, but how much of it is actually practiced? Self-care has become a product, commercialized as a trend, but it is possible to make it a part of your lifestyle as a way to celebrate and protect the gift of your well-being. The conversation will focus on how to practice self-care in sustainable ways which, in turn, support the important work that these participants do every day. All are invited to join in a conversation about taking care of your holistic self, how to do it before you have to, and why you should. We will be looking at self-care as a sustainable practice that then makes it possible for us to do the work of sustainability in our environment and in interfaith work. 
  • Participants will recognize the difference between commercialized self-care and the practice of authentic and sustainable self-care.
  •  Participants will reflect on the reason why they practice their self-care and identify the ways in which self-care contributes to our collective and individual activism to sustain our interfaith and environmental justice movements.
  • Participants will take with them several ideas as to how to incorporate self-care into their daily lives as students and as activists. 

Saturday February 19, 2022 3:45pm - 4:45pm EST
Zoom Webinar

3:45pm EST

Making Sustainability Part of the Holidays
Making Sustainability Part of the Holidays
Olivia Elder,  Project 117

Earth Day happens to be during Easter season and Ramadan this year. Join this breakout to discuss the ways sustainable practices can be incorporated this year (and every year!) as a praxis of faith during these holy times.


Presentation and discussion



Saturday February 19, 2022 3:45pm - 4:45pm EST
Zoom Webinar

3:45pm EST

Radical Remembrance: Holding Space for Eco-Grief
Radical Remembrance: Holding Space for Eco-Grief
Lara Struckman

In the Red Tent I will discuss the connection of death and grief as part of the cyclical nature of life that the Red Tent sustains. There will be a short grounding practice and an offering of a framework for grief and eco-grief specifically to unearth the feelings we often look away from to eventually create agency instead of apathy. There will be space to share stories of our personal encounters with earth that both resource us and break our hearts. There will also be an activity to write a letter, create art, pray to a plant/animal/element being to express grief and gratitude.

Attendees will leave with:
  • A greater understanding of the importance of grief in life and in any social movement including the movement around climate justice and repair. 
  • Tools to expand and sit with grief and the hard emotions that come with an aching planet and dying living systems. 
  • A more intimate connection to the living (& dying) world to sustain and compel allyship to the health of all species.  

Saturday February 19, 2022 3:45pm - 4:45pm EST
Zoom Webinar

3:45pm EST

UNamerican Justice
UNAmerican Justice
Rod Malloy, the Rosewater Foundation

UNamerican Justice is a 25-minute educational film written, directed and produced by me in collaboration with Gilliam Media Production. Malloy will be sharing the film to educate audiences on the real stories of indigenous, immigrant and refugee Americans who are successfully living life in America, despite the systemic barriers they constantly face. Hear stories directly from a Federal Defense Attorney in San Diego who represents Mexican immigrants charged with border crimes, and from a DACA-bound young female immigrant activist in Chicago, and from Cheyenne River Sioux youth in South Dakota who have lived lives focused on protesting and defending their land and their rights as human beings in America, and from the spokesperson for the Nisenan people, a Northern California abundant life tribe prior to the Gold Rush, now fighting for Federal tribal recognition and for the protection of their sacred land and traditions.  

Session format:  watch 25-minute film UNamerican Justice. 15 minutes of Q&A discussion. 5-minute break. 15-minute presentation on Indigenous, Immigrant and Refugee stories. 

Saturday February 19, 2022 3:45pm - 4:45pm EST
Zoom Webinar

4:45pm EST

In-person Community Group Meeting
You will break into these groups three times during the conference if you are an in-person participant. Your groups will meet in the same room which will be announced during this first meeting.


Community Group locations:
Catherine Stallsmith '22 - Belk 201
Caroline Penfield '22 - Belk 208
Liz Crouse '22 - NLP Classroom


Saturday February 19, 2022 4:45pm - 5:15pm EST
TBA

4:45pm EST

Break/ Affinity spaces open
Break/ Affinity Spaces Open

After you enter the zoom room you will be offered different breakout rooms. Please jump to different rooms as you feel comfortable.

Don't see breakout rooms? Let Shane know and he will place you in a room of your choosing.

Don't see a space that you would like to participate in and want to create a new one? Let Shane know and he will open a room for you.

THANK YOU TO OUR FACILITATORS!!
BIPOC Space - Megan Hernandez-Green '20
LGBTQIA+ - Spirit & Pride, Elon University cohort on the intersection of spirituality and sexuality
Mental Health and Hidden Disabilities - Brittney Walsh '20
Nonreligious/ secular/ humanist - Hailey Schumann
Jewish - Hannah Podhorzer '19
Imam Shane Atkinson


Saturday February 19, 2022 4:45pm - 6:00pm EST
Zoom Webinar or McBride Space

5:45pm EST

In-person Dinner Begins in LaRose Commons
Please arrive before 6:00pm to get your food and find a seat before our panel!

Dinner is provided with attendee registration.

Saturday February 19, 2022 5:45pm - 6:30pm EST
LaRose Commons Rm. 200

6:30pm EST

Plenary Panel/ Dinner
Welcome to our Plenary Panel.

Please use this link to join us on zoom.

Speakers
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Leah Thomas

Co-founder, Intersectional Environmentalist
Leah Thomas (she/her) is an environmentalist writer and creative based in Ventura, CA. She is the founder of eco-lifestyle blog Green Girl Leah and Intersectional Environmentalist, a community and resource hub centering BIPOC and historically excluded voices. Her book, The Intersectional Environmentalist, will be released in March of 2022.Intersectional Environmentalist (IE) is a climate justice community and resource hub centering BIPOC and historically... Read More →
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Amira Chandi

Intersectional Environmentalist
Amira (she/they) is an environmental equity consultant, multimedia artist + model, and researcher of localized fibersheds + food systems and Ayurvedic healing. her commitment to advocating for all people + ecosystems grew on the farm while learning how to nurture and be nurtured by... Read More →
avatar for Sabs Katz

Sabs Katz

Co-founder, Intersectional Environmentalist
 Sabs Katz (she/her) advocates for low waste living, ethical + secondhand fashion, plant-based eating, conscious consumption, and health + wellness through her platform, Sustainable Sabs. She is also a Co-Founder of Intersectional Environmentalist. Intersectional Environmentalist (IE) is a climate justice community and resource hub centering BIPOC and historically under-amplified voices in the environmental space. They curate accessible educational resources + experiences while serving as an incubator to spark ideas, promote... Read More →


Saturday February 19, 2022 6:30pm - 8:00pm EST

8:00pm EST

In-person: Sacred Sounds
Elon Only Session!
Come enjoy performances of poems, songs, dances, and more from your fellow students, while snacking on pastries and coffee. In partnership with the Truitt Center and Ripple Conference, our annual Sacred Sounds Coffee House is back, and we want you to attend!
Email therippleconference@gmail.com if you'd like to perform or signup at check-in!

Saturday February 19, 2022 8:00pm - 9:15pm EST
McBride Space
 
Sunday, February 20
 

9:00am EST

Optional Morning Meditation
Good Morning please use this link to enter our optional meditation for this morning.

Sunday February 20, 2022 9:00am - 9:30am EST
Zoom Webinar

11:00am EST

In-person: Sustainable Service
This project is happening near Elon's campus. Please feel free to connect in your own spaces to plan or attend a service event in your community.

For the Ripple service project, volunteers will be helping with the Loy Farm Campus Kitchen program on Sunday, February 20th, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Campus Kitchen is an on-campus service opportunity through the Kernodle Center for Civic Life that collects unused and unserved food from community partners, including Elon Dining Services while engaging students, faculty, and staff as volunteers who prepare and deliver the meals to those in need in the Burlington community.

Sunday February 20, 2022 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
Outdoors
 
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