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The Interfaith Center offers a variety of education, reflection, and community building opportunities open to the campus community, as well as specific groups (e.g. staff/faculty, departments, or student organizations). Check out Facebook to find out what's currently happening!

Calendar of Events

FESTIVAL OF LIGHT & DARK

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Wed Dec 4 @ 6 - 7:30 pm

Come honor and celebrate how different religious, philosophical, and cultural traditions orient around the changing of the seasons and the transition from fall into winter. Together we'll explore how the themes of light and dark, and the intersections between the two, are observed by different members of our UVM community and then round out the evening with cookies and hot cider! The core of our celebration together is the opportunity to hear and/or share reflections, songs, dances, rituals or some other creative offerings from each other. If you have something you might be interested in willing to share – please contact us ASAP! If you are interested in being part of the Festival of Light and Dark, please email Maddie at Maddie.Ernst@uvm.edu. For more info visit https://www.facebook.com/events/693240117789380/

Dinner and Dialogue

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This six-part series provides a tasty meal and meaningful conversation for students, staff, faculty, and members of the greater Burlington community. It's an opportunity to regularly gather throughout the academic year and explore our own core values in conversation with others.

This year we are asking the question, "What makes us moral?" Scientists contend there are six moral foundations innate to all human beings, but how we understand and express them can vary significantly. How do you understand morality from your own religious and/or philosophical perspective? Join as we explore and discuss how we define "good/bad" and "right/wrong" in our daily lives. 

Each month we'll gather on the following Thursdays from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at the Interfaith Center to explore one the moral foundations. Dinner is FREE! We ask folks to RSVP to help us plan for numbers as well as ensure dietary needs are accommodated.

Date Topic Date Topic

September 12

Caring

February 6

Authority

October 17

Fairness

March 5

Sanctity

November 7

Loyalty

April 2 

Liberty

 

Curious to know what we discussed in previous years? (pdf)

 

Interfaith Dialogues

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Each week in the Davis Center "Fishbowl" (i.e., Mount Mansfield room) students and UVM community members gather to show respect for one another and learn about similiarities and differences in religious/cultural upbringings by discussing religious, spiritual, and philosophical topics together. Contact us to find out more about the Interfaith Student Coalition that hosts these weekly conversations!

 

Workshops & Training

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As part of the Interfaith Center's mission to equip and empower the UVM community to engage more comfortably and competently with spirituality and religion in our life and work on campus, we offer workshops and trainings to address religious pluralism, meaning making, religious literacy, and other topics. Check our events page on Facebook to see some of our upcoming options. Email us if you are interested in scheduling some type of educational activity for your student organization, office, or department.

Programs & Special Events

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The Interfaith Center hosts a variety of educational programs as well as special opportunities to celebrate and share diverse sacred and cultural celebrations within our community. For example, the Festival of Light and Dark held in December explores the significance of "light" and "dark" within the various celebrations, understandings and rituals that fall during the transition of seasons. 

Interfaith Update (weekly)

The best way to stay updated with programs and events connected with the Interfaith Center, as well as the greater community, is to sign up to receive the weekly "Interfaith Update." Each Monday you'll receive an email message with a selection of spiritual and religious opportunities happening on-campus, in the Burlington community, and beyond.

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