The first JMU Interfaith Days of Awareness was launched on Sunday October 5 - 8, 2008. Programs planned during this time promoted awareness and understanding of different belief traditions and provided opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage in dialogue about the role of religion, spirituality, and the search for meaning in their lives. The Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national organization dedicated to training young people about respect and religious pluralism with a focus on service to the community, presented training sessions two days during the week.
The Objectives of the Interfaith Days of Awareness were to:
raise awareness about the Coalition, its goals and the concept of Interfaith work within the campus community
provide training workshops on interfaith understanding to targeted groups throughout campus
improve understanding of other religions and belief systems within the campus community
increase membership of groups, students, faculty and staff in Coalition
develop awareness of, and involvement in planning for, Interfaith Days of Service
engage students, faculty and staff in a dialogue and exploration of beliefs
The first ever JMU Interfaith Day of Service was held in the spring semester 2009, Dusty Krikau of the Office of Community Service-Learning chaired the Days of Service committee.
The objectives of the Interfaith Days of Service were to:
bring students and other JMU community members of various belief systems together in an active affirmation of the common call to service.
carry out a major service initiative within the campus or community, (the specifics of which will be decided and organized by Days of Service committee members in fall)
provide time for reflection and discussion
Our service project consisted of the upkeep of JMU's Aboretum's own labyrinth, which was followed by a meal and a roundtable discussion.
It was a very meaningful and purposeful event which we plan to repeat based on interest and time.
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The vision of the JMU Interfaith Coalition is to facilitate mutual understanding of any and all religions and world views, and to promote positive civic engagement in the JMU and local communities