We are very pleased to welcome and introduce our new interns. Jonathan Oskins will serve as Communications Intern. Skyler Oberst will be the Membership Intern. Both will serve from now through the 2012 Connect in Atlanta. [Mark your calendars for July 15-18(19) for NAINConnect 2012.] We are so fortunate to have these highly qualified interns.
We had an impressive field of applications to choose from. Some of the other applicants have agreed to help us with committee work.
Jonathan Oskins is the 2011-2012 Communications Intern for NAIN. He is a Graduate student currently pursuing an M.A. in Interreligious Studies in the first incoming class at Claremont Lincoln University, the world’s first interreligious theological graduate university, in its member school, Claremont School of Theology (www.ClaremontLincoln.org).
He is also a Contributing Scholar to State of Formation, founded by The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, run in partnership with Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School in collaboration with the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (www.StateofFormation.org).
He received his B.A. in Study of Religion from UCLA, where he was an editor of Epoché, the UCLA Undergraduate Journal for the Study of Religion in 2010 and President of the “Bolle Study of Religion Student Organization at UCLA” his senior year.
He is currently a Board Member of the Academy of Judaic, Islamic and Christian Studies.
Skyler Oberst, the 2011-2012 Membershhip Intern, is a senior, pursuing dual degrees in philosophy and anthropology with an emphasis in religious studies at Eastern Washington University. After witnessing religious intolerance on campus, he founded the Compassionate Interfaith Society.
Skyler was one of the North American Interfaith Network’s young scholars in 2010, and has received Student Excellence Awards consistently for the past two years. He also was selected to attend the Interfaith Youth Core’s Leadership Institute at Washington DC, and had the distinction of speaking at the White House on interfaith leadership and student activism.
Skyler also has been asked to speak at many universities and conferences, including Westminster College and Gonzaga University, and the International Conference on Religion and Society. He has been an intern at The Pluralism Project at Harvard University, and a contributor to the IFYC. Skyler hopes to continue his studies at Harvard Divinity School next fall.