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Week 23  |  March 9, 2020


Newsletter | Week 23

Why interfaith?

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


The How and Why of Religious Diversity Training
Why does Diversity & Inclusion training include so little instruction in religious diversity? In this article, Deborah J. Levine talks about the vacuum of expertise in religious diversity exists in most relationship-oriented sectors of our society: business, education, government, and human services.

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 Holi Festival? – Hindu Festival of Colour
In March, Hindu people around the world celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colour. Behind the News, an Australian news programme broadcast aimed at school-aged children, asked a group of kids to tell us more about Holi and why it’s important to them. Watch them in this short 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.

Interfaith on the Menu: Shared Value of Food  
Food—growing it, cooking it, serving it, and eating it—is definitely not off the table when it comes to thinking about engaging with different religious and nonreligious groups. Interfaith on the Menu is a podcast created by the Interfaith youth Core. In this episode, they talk about Kosher food and the Food, Faith, & Religious Leadership Initiative.

Interfaith Resources

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

Religious Literacy Free Online Course [HarvardX] 
In this free online course from HarvardX, learners explore case studies about how religions are internally diverse, how they evolve and change through time, and how religions are embedded in all dimensions of human experience. 

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.
Next Brown Bag: Being a positive presence for students exploring faith & purpose (March 26)
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 link to see the topics for conversation!
Next Evening Dialogue: Participate in an Interfaith Service Project (April 1)
Undergraduate and graduate students:  come participate in dialogues with people from diverse identities! Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm – Next dates: April 1, April 29. Click on the link to see the topics and the location for each dialogue.

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