Interfaith Circle

This weekly newsletter is promoted by the Dean of Students
Office at VT, in support of the new Interfaith Initiative.

Week 6  |  Oct 21, 2019

Newsletter | Week 6

Why interfaith?

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

The Charter for Compassion
“The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. […] We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world.”

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.
Discovering Sacred Texts: Buddhism
In this video created by the British Library, find out how different Buddhist traditions practices their faith through the concept of the Three Jewels: the Buddha; Buddhist teachings (Dharma); and Sangha, the religious communities that …

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 is a Verb

“My journey with religion and interfaith started before I was born. I am the child of parents who are culturally, racially, and religiously different.” In this article published by The Interfaith Observer, Sabrina Jafralie shares her perspective of interfaith experiences.


Interfaith Resources

Here we share resources and content in support of interfaith activities and observances.
Religion Dictionary
The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) offers a range of teaching tools in its Online Learning Center. Among these resources, find this Religion Dictionary, which offers definitions for hundreds of religions terms.

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.Come to the next events!
Interfaith Evening Dialogues | For Students

Students who asked for interfaith dialogue sessions in the evenings and closer to academic buildings, we hear you! Come participate in dialogues with people from diverse identities. Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm – Nov 13, Dec 11 – Location: 3310 Torgersen Hall.


Interfaith Dialogues – Brown bag lunch
Participate in a dialogue with people from diverse worldviews. Discussions about world issues through an interfaith lens. Next dates: November 14, December 12. Time: 12 to 1 pm. Location: New Hall West 142.

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