IRG 2019 Schedule

2019 IFYC Interfaith Regional Gathering at Baylor University

Schedule of Events

Friday, February 1

5:00 pm – Registration

6:00 pm –Dinner

7:00 pm – Keynote Address with Mohammed Al Samawi

8:30 pm – Neighborhoods (Separate Leader Neighborhood)

9:30 pm – Late Night: Short Film (optional)

Saturday, February 2

8:30 am – Light Breakfast and Coffee/Tea

9:00-10:15 am – Opening Session (Stations of Spiritual Practices)

10:30-11:45 am – Breakout Session #1

12-1 pm – Lunch in Neighborhoods

1:15-2:30 pm – Breakout Session #2

2:45-4:00 pm – Closing Session

Session Leaders

Opening and Closing Sessions

Becoming an Interfaith Leader Labyrinth Walk

Description: In this session, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own paths of becoming interfaith leaders in the context of their diverse communities through a labyrinth walk and journaling. A brief introduction to labyrinths will be provided at the beginning of the session. No experience is needed to participate. “The labyrinth is a spiritual tool that has many applications in various settings. It can reduce stress, quiet the mind, and open the heart. It is a walking meditation, a path of prayer, and a blueprint where psyche meets Spirit” (The Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress). “Throughout the long history of labyrinths whenever and wherever society is going through rapid change and development the labyrinth has blossomed. Now, humanity is seeking the sure path of the labyrinth in an uncertain and confusing world” (Jeff Seward, Labyrinth Historian). View film: Labyrinth Journeys: Labyrinths as Tools for Healing and Meditation by Cintia Cabib.

Bio: Dr. Jocelyn McGee is an assistant professor and social work educator for the Garland School of Social Work (GSSW) at Baylor University. She received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary (APA Accredited), an M.A. in psychology from Fuller, and an M.S. in gerontology from Baylor University. Postdoctoral Fellowships were completed at Baylor College of Medicine in clinical neuropsychology (APPCN Accredited) and at Stanford in geropsychology research. She is a licensed psychologist in Texas with a specialty in neuropsychology. Dr. McGee has had a lifelong interest in spiritual diversity, culture and human flourishing from an interdisciplinary international perspective. Contemplative practices have been particularly important to Jocelyn as a path towards her own healing, health, and wholeness. She practices centering prayer, mindfulness meditation, and several forms of movement meditation. She is a Veriditas trained Labyrinth Facilitator.

Intersections and Global Leadership

Bio: Morty Ortega is a Multimedia Specialist producing video and photography for Baylor University’s Marketing and Communications Division. He is a bicultural visual journalist born in Chile and raised in the United States, with extensive travel throughout the world. He graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Art Photography from the University of Connecticut and received a Masters in Journalism from the University of North Texas. He has taught photojournalism classes at Eastfield College in Dallas, as well as served as an instructor for a UNT international journalism study abroad course. During a six-year-stint living in Chile and Mexico, Ortega worked as a freelance photojournalist for travel magazines and newspapers. In 2010, he covered the 8.8-Magnitude earthquake and the rescue of the miners, both in Chile.

Breakout Sessions

A Zoroastrian Priest Goes to Med School

Description: This session will offer storysharing as a way to highlight appreciative knowledge and how that positively effects interfaith encounters. It will introduce everyone to Zoroastrianism and how this faith is lived out in Texas. Rayo is a Zoroastrian Priest who must decide each day how to live out his faith through a vocation of helping others within the medical profession. We must all make decisions of how to live out our faith when it’s not the mainstream choice.

Bio: Rayomand Katrak grew up in Houston, TX and has been a member of the Zoroastrian Association of Houston his whole life. He became a priest at the age of 12 and performs various ceremonies along with other priests for his community. He attended Baylor University and received a B.S. in Health Science Studies and a minor in Biology. He is currently a first year medical student at Texas A&M University Health Science Center.

Interfaith Yoga

Description: This workshop will share a bit of Anne’s personal story that led to her abiding interest in yoga. She will talk about how yoga has enhanced her commitment to interfaith work. She will also lead the group in a short yoga practice. No previous yoga experience is necessary.

Bio: Dr. Anne-Marie Schultz is a Professor of Philosophy. In fact, she is the first female in Baylor’s history to become Full Professor of Philosophy. She also serves as Director of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core. She graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio and did her doctoral work at The Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of Plato’s Socrates as Narrator: A Philosophical Muse (Lexington 2013). She has written numerous articles on Plato, Augustine, and philosophical pedagogy. She is currently at work on two additional books on Plato’s use of narrative, Socrates on Socrates: Autobiographical Discourse as Public Philosophy and Telling Tales of Socrates: Creating Philosophers of the Future. She is also a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. She teaches yoga classes in Austin and workshops throughout the state of Texas.

Appreciative Knowledge Story-sharing: Navigating Islamophobia on College Campuses

Description: Guided story-sharing with panel of students.

Contemplative Practices in Interfaith Context

Description: In this session, an introduction to contemplative wisdom and practices from an interfaith perspective will be provided. Jocelyn will briefly share about how integrating contemplative practices into her daily life have been integral to her healing journey after loss. The session will close with a brief contemplative practice aimed at cultivating compassion and connection.

Bio: Dr. Jocelyn McGee is an assistant professor and social work educator for the Garland School of Social Work (GSSW) at Baylor University. She received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary (APA Accredited), an M.A. in psychology from Fuller, and an M.S. in gerontology from Baylor University. Postdoctoral Fellowships were completed at Baylor College of Medicine in clinical neuropsychology (APPCN Accredited) and at Stanford in geropsychology research. She is a licensed psychologist in Texas with a specialty in neuropsychology. Dr. McGee has had a lifelong interest in spiritual diversity, culture and human flourishing from an interdisciplinary international perspective. Contemplative practices have been particularly important to Jocelyn as a path towards her own healing, health, and wholeness. She practices centering prayer, mindfulness meditation, and several forms of movement meditation. She is a Veriditas trained Labyrinth Facilitator.