Q&A with Amal Saeed,10, President of Interfaith club

Elizabeth Rickert

Amal Saeed, 10, President of Interfaith club speaks about what interfaith club does. The club meets every three weeks in room 132. Photo Courtesy of Amal Saeed
Amal Saeed, 10, President of Interfaith Club speaks about what the club does. The club meets every three weeks in Room 132. Photo Courtesy of Amal Saeed.

Q: What is Interfaith?

Interfaith is a club where people from different religions come together and share their similarities and differences.

Q: What religions are represented by the people who regularly come and by the activities that you do?

Some religions that are represented at the meetings are Muslims, Christians, Jews, atheists, and Mormon. We try and do activities for all of these people.

Q: About how many people show up at each meeting?

Around 15-20 people show up at meetings.

Q: Why was the club started?

The club was started to show how much diversity there is in sycamore and so we can learn how different religions are similar or different to ours and can break down the barriers of stereotyping.

Q: What activities are done at these meetings?

We generally either have games relating to the different religions or open discussions. Sometimes different speakers come in.

Q: What’s been your favorite thing you’ve ever done at an interfaith meeting?

I think my favorite thing we’ve ever done in interfaith was when we talked about stereotyping and saw how many people actually know about those stereotypes. From last year, my favorite was the Easter Egg Hunt we got to do around the school.

Q: When and where do these take place?

Meetings are generally every three weeks on Tuesday in Ms. Marilyn Ray‘s room (Room 132) at 2:30 p.m.

Q: What was the stereotyping discussion about?

We went around in groups and told them to write as many stereotypes as they could on a piece of paper. Then we would share them. Afterwards, we talked about how easy it was to just stereotype someone and not actually know anything about them and that we shouldn’t stereotype