In a freshmen residence hall setting, one would typically assume residents would not be inclined to discuss deep issues involving faith, spirituality and religion. In media, residence hall life is usually portrayed as partying, playing video games, listening to music and perhaps the occasional studying.
The DePaul University Student Interfaith Council is dedicated to the university’s rich tradition of diversity and inclusion.
As an Interfaith Council, we are enthusiastic to partake in the growing interfaith movement around the world. Mindful of our close global interconnections, we collectively reach out with our hands, hearts, minds, and spirits, so as to dissolve the conflicts born of misunderstood differences. Confidently, we embrace, celebrate, and seek to understand the similarities of the human experience as a way of strengthening our own faith commitment. Continue reading DePaul Student Interfaith Council Covenant
While many of us studied to study at DePaul for tis academic strengths, diversity, and friendly student culture, there is one additional benefit that had me convinced that this University was the one for me. That invaluable benefit resides in the Student Center, third floor, far in the recesses of the women’s restroom. Continue reading Ode to the Foot Basins at DePaul
DePaul University’s evolving Interfaith Council is only a glimpse into our nation’s growing expanding interfaith movement. It is an exciting time for those who are passionate about interfaith work. Much of the interfaith movement is progressing on campuses large and small all over the country because an academic university setting is a great place to cultivate the kind of sincere and open-minded conversations that are essential to this movement. Princeton University’s Religious Life Council (RLC) is a prime example of the modern interfaith movement in a university setting. Continue reading A Glimpse of Interfaith at Princeton
Inspired by the goal of seeing interfaith dialogue flourish and exploring the differences between faith traditions on campus, the idea of a Student Interfaith Council was born over a year ago in the fall of 2005. With much thought and planning, the first Student Interfaith Council Meeting was held a year later in the fall of 2006. Continue reading Interfaith at DePaul
Conflict often emerges from assuming differences and ignoring similarities. Asserting irreconcilable differences between oneself and anyone else and ignoring the similarities to life’s experience is both very common and very dangerous. Any predetermined perception of others upsets the future of that relationship in an equitable way to the effect of stereotypes on racism and sexism. Exposure to other faiths can cause confusion and doubt about own own religion. But, however we react to our differences, there will be no progression without embracing both our similarities and our differences and engaging them. We are called to interfaith dialogue. Continue reading Truth Pursues Peace
As our society becomes increasingly diverse, we are ever more likely to encounter the “other” – someone whose religious faith, experience, practice, and identity are different from our won. Acknowledging the reality of religious diversity, “interfaith” refers to a creative encounter between people from different faith orientations (traditional and non-traditional) for the purpose of mutual learning, spiritual growth, and even an experience of community. Continue reading Interfaith