Thanks to all who joined us in Logan last year for the 1st annual Intermountain West Interfaith Leadership Lab. It was a blast. View photos from the leadership lab!
For photos from the 2nd annual ILL (at UVU), click here...we are very grateful to Brian Birch and his team for their great planning work. We're looking forward to a 3rd annual Intermountain Leadership Lab at Westminster College NEXT spring (stay tuned for more details soon)! For details on other upcoming events, visit our Interfaith events page.
We live in an increasingly diverse religious landscape (both nationally and internationally). This diversity often leads to conflict because of stereotypes, misunderstanding, negative assumptions, and outright fear of religious “Others.” Interfaith cooperation is about more than “tolerance” of religious difference. Instead, it is a call to action, entreating us to engage with others of differing faith traditions constructively — because rather than in-spite of, our beliefs.
The USU Interfaith Initiative began with the goal of creating a greater sense of connectedness on campus with all persons not just in spite of varying backgrounds but because of a greater appreciation for diversity of faith, culture and tradition. The initiative is still in its infancy but is evolving to create a more welcoming and interconnected campus.
For more about who we are and to meet some of our amazing students, watch the video on the right. For more about how we got started and who we are, Visit our overview page.
Interfaith Leadership Lab
This year, on April 20-21st, UVU will be hosting an Interfaith Leadership Lab that will bring students from all over Utah and Southern Idaho together once again. For registration information and a detailed schedule, click here
Interfaith in Our Community
There is so much going on in our community to support and affirm interfaith diversity. To learn about how to get involved, meet your neighbors and to build positive relationships of interfaith cooperation, be sure to check out what's happening both in Logan and in our surrounding communities.
We have many events where you can learn about other religious traditions and learn how to engage appreciatively with those whose faith commitments are different than your own. These include "Speed Faithing" activities, round-tables and panels, and Talk-Better-Together activities. Check out our Facebook feeds for even more events.
USU Interfaith in the National News
To begin to heal after this election, we need to be able to look each other--and especially our students--in the eyes. We need to share our pain and we need to open space in our classrooms to listen deeply to the hurts of others. We need to commit to protecting the values that unite rather than divide us. These American values include a commitment to decency, respect, compassion and kindness. The same tools that help build bridges of interfaith cooperation on my campus have made it possible for me to open spaces for post-election healing and reconciliation as well. Post-Election Grieving and Reconciliation on A Utah College Campus
The Interfaith Student Assosiation holds weekly meetings every Thursday at 5:30 PM in the MSS Lounge in the TSC. We encourage all students interested in becoming interfaith leaders or students looking for a safe space to talk about their religious or nonreligious traditions to attend their events. We will continue to post events, statements, and activities that reflect our institution's commitment to lift one another up in these troubled times. Read more...