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Week 26  |  March 30, 2020


Newsletter | Week 26

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.
Mindfulness of the Four Elements | Videos
In the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha taught practitioners to contemplate the four elements—earth, fire, water, and air—as a foundation of mindfulness practice. Tricycle’s 2020 Meditation Month teacher, Sebene Selassie, shows the elements as basic metaphors for experience can help us see our inherent connections to nature.

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.


An Antidote to Helplessness and Disorientation: The Revolution of Hope 
“As we navigate our own uncertain times together, may a thousand flowers of sanity bloom, each valid so long as it is viable in buoying the human spirit it animates.” Brian Pickings brings words of the great humanistic philosopher and psychologist Erich Fromm on our human fragility and the revolution of hope.

Interfaith Resources

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

Religion and World Affairs Virtual Courses
This curated collection of curricular modules draws on open-access articles and multimedia sources to support online learning in higher education at the intersection of religion and world affairs, including topics like development, literature, politics, and public health. Created by Berkley Center, Georgetown University.

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 Hangout Online (March 31, 5:30 pm)
The first Interfaith Hangout was a success! The second on will be on Tuesday March 31 at 5:30 pm. The Hangout is an informal opportunity to catch up, talk about the things we like and value, and just be together. Everyone is welcome to participate. RSVP at
Evening Dialogue 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. RSVP at 

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