Interfaith Circle

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

Week 14  |  Dec, 16, 2019

Newsletter | Week 14

Latest News

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

Save the date for the Interfaith Spring Event – Better Together Days
Mark your calendars: February 20, 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Join us for an event to engage and celebrate diverse religious, spiritual, and secular worldviews at Virginia Tech. Food from diverse traditions + dialogues + collective art.  More info and a link to RSVP will follow up in January.
Last week to apply to 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.


Trained to Consider All Aspects of Identity Except Religious Identity
“I turned to my supervisor and expressed my concern that as RAs we are trained to think about all aspects of a resident’s identity, except for religious identity and diversity. In this article for the INTER digital magazine, Maria Hartz writes about overcoming barriers to create interfaith friendly residence halls. 

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.
Lao Tzu & Taoist Spirituality 
Little is truly known about the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, the guiding figure in Taoism, which is still a popular spiritual practice. Lao Tzu’s words serve as a reminder of the importance of stillness, openness, and discovering buried yet central parts of ourselves. Read the article by Stephen Hill, published at 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.

Salaam: Exploring Muslim Cultures, Workshops
Watch as the artists involved with Salaam: Exploring Muslim Cultures work with Virginia Tech students. Led by the Moss Arts Center, the goal of the project was to strengthen cross-cultural understanding by engaging students with the diversity of Muslim cultures through an exploration of stories, images, sounds, and perspectives.

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.
Save the dates: Interfaith Brown Bag Lunches in Spring 2020
Participate in a dialogue with people from diverse worldviews. Discussions about world issues through an interfaith lens. Dates for Spring 2020: February 6, February 27, March 26, April 23. Time: 12 to 1 pm. Click on the image or the title to see the topics for conversation!
Mark your calendars: Interfaith Evening Dialogues for Students | Spring 2020
Undergraduate and graduate students:  come participate in dialogues with people from diverse identities! Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm – Save the dates: February 5, March 4, April 1, April 29. Click on the link to see the topics for each dialogue.
Created by Najla Mouchrek, Ph.D.