Interfaith Circle

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Week 17  |  Jan, 27, 2020


Newsletter | Week 17

Why interfaith?

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


The Interfaith Triangle | IFYC
In this short video created the the Interfaith Youth Core in partnership with the Dominican University, learn about the Interfaith Triangle. Appreciative knowledge, positive attitudes, and interfaith relationships are 3 key aspects that mutually reinforce one another to create interfaith dialogue and cooperation.

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.
What is Vaisakhi & What Does it Mean to Sikhs?
In April, Sikh people around the world will celebrate an important holiday called Vaisakhi. A group of Sikh kids to find out more about the holiday and about their faith. Watch this interesting short video created by Behind the News.

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.

What Is Meditation? – Krishnamurti
In this video created by, hear an excerpt of a talk given by Krishnamurti, an Indian philosopher, writer, and speaker. “Meditation is one of the greatest arts of life – perhaps the greatest art. Because in the understanding of meditation there is love, and love is not the product of systems, of habits, of following a method. Love cannot be cultivated by thought. Love can perhaps come into being when there is complete silence.”

Interfaith Resources

Here, we share resources and content in support of interfaith activities and observances.

Respectful Communication |
Use Tanenbaum’s Tips for Respectful Communication to prevent misunderstandings when talking to coworkers and employees about religion.

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 Together Dinner: You are invited! 
Join us for an event to engage with and celebrate diverse religious, spiritual, and secular worldviews at Virginia Tech. Food from diverse traditions + dialogues + collective art.  Thursday, February 20, 5:30 – 7:00 pm. RSVP at
Interfaith Brown Bag Lunches – Spring 2020
Participate in a dialogue with people from diverse worldviews. Discussions about world issues through an interfaith lens. Dates: February 6, February 27, March 26, April 23. Time: 12 to 1 pm. Location: Smith Career Center – Meeting Room B. Open the flyer to see the topics for conversation!
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 – February 5, March 4, April 1, April 29. Open the flyer to see the topics and the location for each dialogue.

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