Interfaith Circle

This weekly newsletter is promoted by the Dean of Students
Office at VT, in support of the new Interfaith Initiative.

Week 13  |  Dec, 9, 2019

Newsletter | Week 13

Latest News

In this section, you will find the latest news about the Interfaith Initiative at Virginia Tech.

Open applications for Common Ground  | Interfaith Leadership Training for Students
Apply to be an Interfaith Leader at Virginia Tech! “Common Ground” is the perfect experience if you’re interested in building your capacity to be an interfaith leader. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Deadline to apply: December 20.

Why interfaith?

Here we share articles about the importance of investing in interfaith dialogue and cooperation in contemporary society.

The December Dilemma | InclusiveVT Insights
How do we address the holiday season while keeping an open and inclusive environment for all religious identities on campus? The video is part of InclusiveVT Insights, a strategic diversity education series from the Office of Inclusion and Diversity at Virginia Tech.

Learning about diverse traditions

Appreciative knowledge is an important part in the interfaith triangle. In this section, we share information to expand our religious, spiritual, and secular literacy, featuring different traditions/worldviews every week.
Four Things To Learn from One of America’s Oldest Religious Communities | Quakers
Sunlight pours into the plain, open room through its many windows. Men and women of all ages gather in rows of simple wooden benches, facing one another. Together they sit in stillness and silence, actively waiting for inspiration to arrive. Learn more about the Quakers in this article from the Interfaith Observer.

Diverse ways to live and to find meaning in life

Here, we share stories about how people find different ways to find meaning and purpose in their lives.

Higher Love | Jessica Jackley & Reza Aslan | TEDxStanford
Nearly half of American marriages today are made up of interfaith couples, deciding how and whether to integrate religion into the family. For Reza Aslan & Jessica Jackley, the question of how their religions would intersect has been central. The Christian mom and Muslim dad share their unique approach to respecting all faiths.

Engage with the Interfaith Initiative at VT

Participate in interfaith dialogue and cooperation at Virginia Tech. All are welcome, as the interfaith circle includes all religious, non-religious, spiritual, and secular identities.
Interfaith Evening Dialogues | For Students

Students who asked for interfaith dialogue sessions in the evenings and closer to academic buildings, we hear you! Come participate in dialogues with people from diverse identities. Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm – Dec 11 – Location: 3310 Torgersen Hall.

Interfaith Dialogues – Brown bag lunch – New Location
Participate in a dialogue with people from diverse worldviews. Discussions about world issues through an interfaith lens. Next date: December 12. Time: 12 to 1 pm. Location: Student Services Building – Room 230.
Created by Najla Mouchrek, Ph.D.