As you will come to realize, I am very interested in different faiths and the relationships between these faiths. Last week, I had the opportunity of speaking to Sara Eftekhar, a third-year Nursing student at UBC. Eftekhar has put her Muslim faith into action by working with and uniting people of different beliefs through social action. She won the 2009-2010 Faiths Act Fellowship, which is a year-long, paid fellowship through the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and Interfaith Youth Core, and was one of eight Canadians chosen, out of a total of thirty young people from Canada, the UK and the US. The fellows were put into interfaith pairs and, inspired by their faith, served as ambassadors for the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.
Eftekhar had always been active in her community, but had never really thought about how her own faith and development could go hand in hand. The experience opened up her eyes to the world of interfaith social action.
“I was always really interested in development and health and as a nursing student that’s always been one of my passions,” she said, “but I never really looked at it from an interfaith perspective.”