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Week 24  |  March 16, 2020


Newsletter | Week 24

Latest news

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


Let’s find creative ways to keep building community and support one another + Interfaith Hangout
We are working to find alternative ways to keep the interfaith dialogues and activities going. This Wednesday March 18 at 5:30 pm we will host the first Interfaith Hangout online. Everyone is welcome to participate. 

Why interfaith?

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


Who is…? Intro to Religious Diversity 
“Religions are internally diverse, they evolve and change over time and its influences are embedded in all dimensions of culture”. Watch this short video showing the richness of religious diversity. Video by the Religious Literacy Project – Harvard University © HarvardX.

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 happens when a virus forces faith communities to go virtual 
“Being forced into ‘social distancing’ doesn’t mean we can’t be present and be a blessing to one another in new ways that digital technology allows.” In this article published by Religion News Service, Paul Brandeis Raushenbush reflects on how technology might help communities to share love and comfort in times like now.

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.

The danger of a single story
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. 

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 will be online: 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 date: March 26, 12 to 1 pm.
Next Evening Dialogue will be online: Participate in an Interfaith Service Project (April 1)
Undergraduate and graduate students:  come participate in dialogues with people from diverse identities! Next date: Wednesday, April 1, 5:30 to 7 pm.

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