EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ALUMNI MAGAZINE
Skyler Oberst Celebrates the Interfaith Community
Skyler Oberst is easy to pick out of a crowd of young professionals. It isn’t his fashionable eyeglasses, his watch and matching leather shoes, or the geometry of creases on his shirt and slacks that could only come from an ironing board. It’s something else – an unmistakable sense of purpose multiplied by passion. Trim and bright-eyed, he looks young for a late 20-something. When asked to define his work, Oberst grinned and said, “I remind people to love their neighbor.”
INTERFAITH YOUTH CORE
Skyler Oberst Named 2015-2016 Germanacos Fellow
In partnership with activist/philanthropist Anne Germanacos and the Germanacos Foundation, we are pleased to present the 2016 Germanacos Fellowship, an initiative supporting Interfaith Youth Core’s alumni and their innovative ideas for social change centered on interfaith cooperation. IFYC Alumni see interfaith cooperation as a vehicle for impact on a variety of action issues. Over the course of their fellowship, these five alumni will cultivate projects that creatively address social issues while leveraging shared community values.
PLURALISM PROJECT AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Interfaith Leadership Profile
One way that we sought to document interfaith work taking place beyond or between organizations is through leadership profiles. These initial profiles offer a glimpse of the diverse motivations, leaders, and styles that contribute to a vital movement. At 21, Skyler Oberst represents the new wave of youth involvement, active in campus interfaith activity as well as developing two community interfaith organizations in Spokane, Washington.
THE FIG TREE
Spokane Interfaith Leader Seeks to Build Understanding
Referring to the Spokane Interfaith Council, Skyler Oberst cupped his hands as if holding a small plant ready to grow and bloom. The council, he said, is re-emerging as a community organization. Originally it grew out of the Spokane Council of Ecumenical Ministries and underwent a period with volunteer leaders and losing its nonprofit status. Skyler began to volunteer with and became president of the Interfaith Council in 2015, bringing his commitment to interfaith interaction and reinvigorated the organziation after years of stagnation.