Interfaith Circle

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

Week 15  |  Dec, 23, 2019

Newsletter | Week 15

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.

Why interfaith?

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


Four Principles | Religious Literacy Project
In this article, read about the Four Principles adopted by the Religious Literacy Project, developed by Harvard Divinity School: Differentiating between devotional expression and the study of religion, religions are internally diverse, religions evolve and change, and religious influences are embedded in cultures. 

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.
African-American Spirituals
PBS’s Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly talked with Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, the Washington National Cathedral’s canon theologian, about the history of spirituals, the great Christian music of African slaves in the US, and their ever-relevant message of faith and freedom. Watch this inspiring video.  

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.

Matthew Fox & Lama Tsomo Explore Compassion — The Interfaith Observer
The Interfaith observer interviewed the renowned spiritual theologian Matthew Fox and Lama Tsomo, one of the few American lamas in Tibetan Buddhism, to talk about compassion and the role it plays in our role it plays in our world today.

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.