On Friday, March 15th, 2019, another horrific, hate-motivated massacre has rocked our world, calling all interfaith leaders to unite and stand together. This time, the horror unfolded at two mosques in New Zealand as people gathered for jummah prayers. In the end, 50 people died, and at least as many were wounded. To read Interfaith Youth Core's call to action (created after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre but just as relevant now), click here. To download the resource, click here. To listen to one Muslim woman in Knoxville whose inspiring message reminds us that we must all make the commitment to stand together, click here.
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. For more about upcoming events, see our Facebook page!
The USU Reflection Room is available to all Aggies from 8:30-5:00 pm, Mon-Fri, Military Science 213A. For those seeking a place to share/reflect with others, two new programs (in collaboration with local Clergy and with CAPS) provide both group and individual support for any and all who are exploring spiritual/religious matters or experiencing any kind of existential distress. For information on these two initiatives, click here.
Interfaith Events (and Organization Contacts) on Campus and 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.
Interfaith Student Association Events
Our vibrant Interfaith Student Association hosts multiple 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. They also have weekly meetings at 6:00 pm on Tuesday nights in TSC 3rd floor MSS Lounge. Check out our Facebook feeds for current events.
Handy Interfaith Calendar
Becoming aware of the days that religious and spiritual traditions hold sacred is crucial to building relationships of interfaith cooperation. Here's a handy calendar for 2019. To download the calendar and more detailed explanatory notes, click on the picture above.
The Interfaith Student Assosiation holds weekly meetings at 6:00 pm on Tuesday nights in TSC 3rd floor MSS Lounge. 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...