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Interfaith Center Programs & Services        

Campus 4 Community

 

Campus 4 Community events are field trips to various religious and secular communities. They are open to all students, no matter their worldview identity (religious or non-religious identity). Come observe how different communities celebrate holidays, live together as a community, and act in the greater community. Often Campus 4 Community provides students with an opportunity to dialogue with community members. 

 

 Coffee and Conversation

 

Coffee and Conversation is a tradition at the Interfaith Center. Students are invited to this hour-long event with FREE coffee and lively conversation. Participants explore the big questions of life: Who am I? What are my values? What gives my life a sense of meaning, fulfillment and purpose? These are questions of faith -- the human activity (whether religious or non-religious) of making meaning in our lives. Interfaith dialogue and cooperation are activities of making meaning alongside others- from different worldviews - both religious and non-religious. Students, professors and community members take turns facilitating an informal discussion in a Safe Space (see Safe Space Guidelines below). Come hear from people with different perspectives on polarizing issues and how they are able to bridge their difference to work together.

 

Talk Better Together

Formerly known as "Text Study Better Together," Talk Better Together brings students together for a lively discussion and exploration of religious texts from the Islamic, Jewish, Christian and Baha'i traditions. UNF students, recent alums and Interfaith Center staff members: Rachael McNeal (UNF Interfaith Center); Sama Beg (Islamic Center of Northeast Florida); Matt Hartley (South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church); and Hana Ashchi (Baha'i Community Center of Jacksonville). Talk Better Together provides a FREE simple meal for participants - Come with an open mind and an empty stomach to explore the big questions of life! Who am I? What are my values? What gives my life a sense of meaning? Come see what these religious texts have to say about different topics like how to serve others, life after death, the environment, and more.

 

i-Dinner

i-Dinners are open to ALL UNF students and includes a FREE family-style dinner and community building game like Trivia, Jeopardy!, Bingo or Pumpkin Decorating. This event is designed to help students meet from different countries, cultures, and worldviews (religious/non-religious). Come for the free food, stay for the games - leave with new friends.

 

Interfaith Week

 

A spring semester event planned by (and for) students to address current religious diversity issues. This year's Interfaith Week will be February 2-6, 2015 to coincide with the UN's World Interfaith Harmony Week. Visit the Interfaith Week page for more information.

 

Spiritual Direction and Vocational Counseling

Explore your path to a fulfilling future. Examine the intersection of your values, passions, and what the market will pay for with Interfaith Center professional staff. Drop-ins welcome, or contact Rachael.mcneal@unf.edu for an appointment.

 

 SAFE SPACE GUIDELINES

Many of our events and programs include dialogue across religious and non-religious difference. In order to have productive dialogue, the Interfaith Center sets up Safe Space Guidlines at the beginning of each program. These Safe Space Guidelines are as follows:

1. Modified Vegas Rule: Personal sharing that takes place in the room stays in the room but what is learned in the room is taken out and shared with others.

2. Step In/Step out: Rule of Thumb: Everyone speaks once before anyone speaks twice. It is essential to the health of the group that everyone be heard. Some people tend to speak up as their way of “participating” while others tend to listen as their way of “participating.” It is important for everyone to step into the dialogue and for those who speak up frequently, it is important for them to step out and let others speak.

3. Check Presumption at the Door: What we presume to know about others is often based on stereotyping or profiling and gets in the way of learning. If we set aside our presumptions, we open ourselves up to what is real and authentic.

4. No Proselytizing: We understand that for some traditions efforts to evangelize/convert others are very important and we respect that. We also understand that these for others these efforts may create a barrier to open dialogue. Therefore, we ask that efforts to evangelize/convert be suspended during our time together.

5. One Mic/One Diva: Respectful dialogue means listening to others when they are speaking. Only one person speaks at a time. This means that when someone is speaking there should be no other conversations going on, whether directly or indirectly (through social media).

6. I-Statements: Speak for yourself only. Using “I statements” relieves the pressure to speak on behalf of all others who share your identity and precludes generalizing about people with other identities.

7. Aretha Franklin Rule: R-E-S-P-E-C-T. We are here to learn and seek understanding not to debate.

8. Practice Forgiveness: We learn from trying and making mistakes. Seek to forgive as others seek to learn.