Press Release for Tuesday, October 9, 2007

UNF Hosts Religious Awareness Week Events

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102


The University of North Florida invites the public to participate in Religious Awareness Week, which was designed to initiate dialogue about the role of religion in higher education, specifically raising awareness in regards to faith, religion and spirituality on campus. These free events kick off Monday, Oct. 22, and run through Sunday, Oct. 28, and are open to the public.

Below are the following Religious Awareness Week activities:

• Breath of Life: It’s Application in the Study of Religion, Morality and Spirituality—Monday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Rooms 1603-1604. Integrative bodywork therapist demonstrates combining Eastern and Oriental medicine.
• Defining Atheism: Dispelling the Myths/Exposing the Taboos—Monday, Oct. 22, Noon; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Room 1606. Discussion includes the definitions, history, controversy, myths and taboos of non-belief.
• Summer 2007 Costa Rica Mission Experience—Monday, Oct. 22, Noon; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Room 1605. UNF faculty member recaps their experience on a short-term mission trip to Costa Rica.
• All Stressed Up and Nowhere to Go?—Monday, Oct. 22, 3 p.m.; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Room 1700. An introduction to a new initiative providing resources to help people work well by working spiritually.
• Evangelism: Free Speech vs. Hate Speech—Monday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Room 1601. A panel will examine evangelism and how it can turn from free speech into hate speech that can offend some students on campus.
• Information Fair—Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Wednesday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m.; Campus Green. Learn more about diverse religions.
• Hinduism 101—Tuesday, Oct. 23, Noon; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Room 1604. Introduction to Hindu religion as it applies to religious, philosophical, and cultural ideas and practices that originated in India.
• “God and Gays: Bridging the Gap”—Tuesday, Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m.; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Room 1700. Movie screening and discussion examines experiences of people wanting a relationship with the very religion that rejects them.
• Reel Bad Muslims: Media Representations and How We See the World—Tuesday, Oct. 23, 1:40 p.m.; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Rooms 1604-1605. Lecture and multi-media presentation explores Hollywood films and how we construct our knowledge of other cultures and religions as a result of them.
• History of Reform Judaism and Its Various Platforms—Tuesday, Oct. 23, 4:30 p.m.; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Room 1604. Principles of Reform Judaism and its evolution over time from Germany to America.
• Christian Privilege—Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m.; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Rooms 1601-1602. Discussion includes the role of Christianity and Christian leaders in the formation of universities and colleges as well as what changes are required to create a more inclusive environment.
• Defining Atheism: Dispelling the Myths/Exposing the Taboos—Wednesday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Rooms 1603-1604. Discussion includes definitions, history, controversy, myths and taboos of non-belief.
• Role of Women in Religion—Wednesday, Oct. 24, Noon; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Room 1605. Session will examine the multiple roles women have played in religion.
• 21st Century Spirituality—Wednesday, Oct. 24, Noon; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Room 1606. Session posits that every human being has spirituality—conscious or unconscious, realistic and effective or unrealistic and ineffective.
• Employment and Career Decisions: Fulfilling Your God-Given Purpose—Wednesday, Oct. 24, 3 p.m.; Campus Green. Participants will discuss how they can turn to God in their search for answers regarding their studies, careers and purpose.
• Faith, Social Justice and the College Student—Wednesday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m.; Brooks College of Health (Building 39), Room 1016. Panel will explore how different faith groups are seeking to eradicate social ills like poverty, AIDS, genocide and more.
• Christian Religious Art Exhibit—Wednesday, Oct. 24, 9 p.m.; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Room 1602.
• Culture Wars: How the Nonreligious Fit In—Thursday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m.; John E. Matthews Jr. Computer Science Building (Building 15), Room 1205. This discussion focuses on a perceived fight between the religious and the nonreligious.
• God and Politics—Thursday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m.; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Room 1602. Topics include poverty, criminal justice, immigration, health care, energy, war and peace, environment, economy, social justice and foreign policy.
• Judaism 101: Do Jews Have Horns?—Thursday, Oct. 25, 3 p.m.; Honors Hall (Building 10), Room 1339. Judaism will be examined, including its history, beliefs, customs, rituals and other things you wanted to know but don’t know who to ask.
• Islam: The Faith, the People and the Politics—Thursday, Oct. 25, 4:30 p.m.; Social Sciences Building (Building 51), Room 1205. A look at the basic teachings of the Islamic faith along with its historical development and the challenges facing the American Muslim community in a post 9/11 world.
• Good News: Old Truths Still Relevant—Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Room 1604. A fun exploration of the depth and roots of the Catholic faith.
• Culture Wars: How the Nonreligious Fit In—Friday, Oct. 26, 8 a.m.; John E. Matthews Jr. Computer Science Building (Building 15), Room 1304. This discussion focuses on a perceived fight between the religious and the nonreligious.
• Catholic Mass—Friday, Oct. 26, Noon; Robinson Theater
• A Year in the Desert: A Military Chaplain Serving All Faiths—Friday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m.; John E. Matthews Jr. Computer Science Building (Building 15), Room 1303. Priest shares personal experience of serving as a military chaplain in Iraq during the Battle of Fallujah.
• “Evan Almighty” Movie Showing—Friday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m.; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Room 1700.
• Fusion—Sunday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m.; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Room 1700. Non-denominational worship service.
• “Waiting for Godot”—Sunday, Oct. 28, 2 p.m.; Andrew Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Room 1602-1604. Samuel Beckett’s play explores interpretations revolving around the nature of God.

For more information about Religious Awareness Week events, contact Angela Davis at 904-620-2837 or interfaith@unf.edu.


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