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Week 22  |  March 2, 2020


Newsletter | Week 22

Latest news

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


Social and (non) religious identities in college 
Students from diverse religious, spiritual, and secular worldviews are getting together for Interfaith Dialogues throughout the spring semester. This month, the topic is Intersecting social and (non) religious identities in college. The dialogue will be on Wednesday, March 4, 5:30-7pm, at 3310 Torgersen Hall. Come participate!
Starting conversations about an Interfaith LLC
The Interfaith Program at VT – Dean of Students Office, in partnership with Housing and Residence Life, is initiating to plan for an Interfaith Living Learning Community on the Blacksburg Campus. Let us know your opinion about it – and also if you would like to participate in this process. Please email Najla Mouchrek ( Thank you!

Why interfaith?

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


Civic Religious Pluralism Needs Many Anchors on Campus 
“Religious, spiritual, and secular identities cannot be ignored.They are present in hospitals and sports, in business and education, in social movements and elections. The knowledge and skills that nurture civic religious pluralism must also be part of each student’s education.” Article from Becca Hartman-Pickerill (IFYC) at NASPA JCC Blog.  

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 Does Contemporary Lenten Fasting Look Like in the Christian Faith?

“How is fasting a spiritually edifying practice that brings us closer to God – indeed, so close that we are better positioned to address the state of our nation?” Read the article by Jeania Ree V. Moore – she is a United Methodist deacon who writes theological aesthetics, practices the arts, and works in faith-based social justice in Washington, D.C. 


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.

Bikers Get A Bad Rep, So They Started A Church Where They Feel Welcome [NPR]
Though it began as a way to reach bikers in Bangor, Maine, the mission has now become broader, with a focus on teaching the Bible and offering services to those in need.  “We’re just accepting people where they are. And for who they are.” Read this NPR article.

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 Brown Bag Lunch Dialogues
Participate in a dialogue with people from diverse worldviews. Discussions about world issues through an interfaith lens. Next dates: 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!

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