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Lebanon Valley College Senior Works to Promote Interfaith Discussion
01.26.15 |
Some interns fetch coffee. Others organize folders or copy papers. Liz Zeiner ’15 is not a typical intern, instead using the opportunity to spread religious tolerance and understanding. Zeiner is responsible for starting social media initiatives for Project Interfaith, an organization based out of Omaha, Neb. that focuses on providing people with knowledge about other religions. The organization provides chat rooms, social media groups, and other online resources meant to allow for easy education about a variety of religions. As a religion major, teaching others about beliefs that they are not familiar with is second nature to Zeiner.

“When I was younger, I was a Lutheran, and then I became a Methodist,” said Zeiner. “Since then, I’ve learned a lot about religions other than Christianity through my major, and I hope to help others do the same.”

A senior from Leesport, Pa, Zeiner began interning at Project Interfaith in 2015. The organization, which does not currently have a strong presence in Pennsylvania, was interested in Zeiner’s potential to increase their circle of influence.

“I initially discovered Project Interfaith while working on my senior paper,” said Zeiner. “I found all of their resources about religion and became very interested in what they were doing.”

Zeiner, who recently underwent orientation for Project Interfaith, will be organizing social media initiatives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In the future, she hopes that the organization will be able to gather more followers. With a large membership in Nebraska, Project Interfaith may well be able to expand to other states with the help of interns such as Zeiner.

“They have me doing all sorts of things,” she said. “First, I’ll be working on social media content, and eventually, they might have me help rework the website, which is kind of outdated.”

Though an internship is not a requirement for religion majors, Zeiner has elected to work for Project Interfaith anyway, citing a desire for hands-on experience. Dr. Jeff Robbins, chair of religion and philosophy, is Zeiner’s academic advisor, and encouraged her to pursue the opportunity. Zeiner hopes to eventually use her religious savvy as a counterterrorism advisor for the FBI.

“I think that there’s an added perspective to be gained by looking at religious motivations. It’s really all about understanding."


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