Interfaith Circle

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

Week 8  |  Nov 4, 2019

Newsletter | Week 8

Why interfaith?

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

Two of Georgetown University’s core commitments are interfaith dialogue and service to others. Dialogue is a way to bridge religious and cultural divides; service is a shared calling across the world’s great faith traditions. For more information about innovative student efforts at Georgetown to further interfaith engagement, visit

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.
Eid Al-Fitr is an important Islamic holiday and marks the end of Ramadan. Behind the News Channel meet some kids who tell more about their religion and how they’ll be celebrating Eid. Watch this interesting short video showing how children see and tell the story of their religious engagement.

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.

St. Francis and the Sultan: Living Their Legacy Today 
This fall, Catholics and Muslims around the world are commemorating the 800th anniversary of the encounter between St. Francis of Assisi and the sultan Al-Malik Al-Kamil in Damietta, Egypt in 1219. What are the lessons about interreligious relations that we can learn from their encounter?

Interfaith Resources

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

Religious Groups Family Trees  |  American and World Religions 
Check out this educational resource from the Association of Religion Data Archives. These family trees for American and World Religions were written and assembled by J. Gordon Melton.

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.
Created by Najla Mouchrek, Ph.D.