UNF's 8th Annual Interfaith Week

UNF's 8th Annual Interfaith Week is scheduled for February 2-7, 2015 to align with the United Nations' World Interfaith Harmony Week.

 

Visit our Facebook Page to see pictures from Interfaith Week 2014

www.unf.edu/UNFInterfaithCenter/photos

 

For an idea of what to expect from Interfaith Week, here is last year's lineup:

 

 

7th Annual Interfaith Week Events:

 

 

The purpose of Interfaith Week is to raise awareness about the diversity of ideological and religious frameworks in America and to provide opportunities for UNF students to engage in respectful dialogue with students from different backgrounds.

 

 

 The Theme: Better Together: With our Powers Combined!

 

Turban Day at UNF

On February 26, the Sikh Community of Northeast Florida will be donating their time (and Turbans!) to come to UNF campus to teach students how to wear a turban. There will be mirrors, photos, free food and music. Students will be invited to wear their turbans for the rest of the day - they'll event get to keep their turban for free! The purpose of this event is to teach students about the little known Sikh faith.

Documentary Screening of "Divided We Fall"

When a turbaned Sikh man is brutally murdered in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, a college student journeys across America to discover who counts as "one of us" in a world divided into "us" and "them." Armed with only a camera, Valarie Kaur encounters hundreds of stories never before told - stories of fear and unspeakable loss, but also of resilience and hope - until she finally finds the heart of America, halfway around the world, in the words of a widow. Weaving expert analysis into a personal journey and cross-country road trip, the film confronts the forces dividing a nation.

This film was written and directed by The Interfaith Week Keynote Speaker Valarie Kaur.

 

Lend-A-Wing Pantry Project

 Students of different religious and non-religious identities gather to sort and organize donated canned goods in the Lend-A-Wing Pantry. Free Waffles served for breakfast, subs for lunch!

Sutdent Identity Panel

In Collaboration with the Military and Veterans Resource Center, Intercultural Center for PEACe, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the LGBT Resource Center, Students will share their personal stories of values and the intersection of their religious/non-religious identity with other aspects of their personal identity—including how those values and identities can seem complimentary, contradictory, informative, and/or challenging questions. FREE LUNCH IS PROVIDED! 

Interfaith Week Keynote: Valarie Kaur

Valarie Kaur will be speaking about the significance of story telling and social action and how it impacts everyone today. She will be sharing her stories and talking about the importance of brisging gaps between religious and non-religious communities.
 Valarie Kaur is an award-winning filmmaker, civil rights advocate, and interfaith leader who centers her work around the power of storytelling. She is the founder of Groundswell at Auburn Seminary, a non-profit initiative with 100,000 members that equips pe...ople of faith in social change. She has led national campaigns responding to hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, marriage equality, and solitary confinement. Valarie earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School, where she founded the Yale Visual Law Project to train students in the art of storytelling for social change.

 

Diana Eck: "Oneness of Humanity

Diana L. Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University and Director of The Pluralism Project.  She received her B.A from Smith College (1967) in Religion, her M.A. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (1968) in South Asian History, and her Ph.D. from Harvard University (1976) in the Comparative Study of Religion.

 

Coffee and Conversation with Diana Eck

Coffee and Conversation is an hour long casual monthly event where we explore values, traditions, and identity through interfaith dialogue with guest speakers over coffee. For students of all religious and non-religious identities. Come for free coffee. Stay for the engaging conversation. Student, faculty, and community leaders take turns facilitating this informal discussion exploring values, traditions, and identity in a SIP (Safe Ideological Place). Students of ALL religious and non-religious identities are encouraged to participate.

Interfaith Friendzy

 Students clubs from different religious and non-religious identities will come together and host a fair for the UNF students. Free food and music will be provided!

 i-Dinner

FREE family-style dinner and a fun game designed to build community among international and domestic students from diverse backgrounds. 
 

  • Thursday, March 6
  • 5:30pm
  • Student Union Ballrooms
  • Free Dinner and Religious trivia!

Holi Festival

Holi is a spring festival also known as festival of colors, and sometimes festival of love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities. Be sure to wear white! Free lunch, FREE DJ, and FREE FUN!!!