“We can change the world if and only if we work together.”
Interfaith Fellowship (IFF) brings together students who are interested in religion and religious diversity, including both religious students and those who are not sure what they believe. IFF gathers to learn from each other about their religious beliefs and to explore issues of common concern. The group also sponsors progressive dinners and mixers, where the focus is on meeting people of different faiths and cultures, and works together on interfaith service projects.
IFF has helped to launch new students groups, most recently Allegheny Community for Earth-Based Spirituality (ACES) and a Secular Student Alliance (SSA).
Both students and faculty help lead discussions, which have addressed topics such as:
- Are all religions the same?
- Peace efforts in Israel
- Sacred texts in different religions
- Faith and sexuality
Alternating with discussion meetings is a gathering for reps from all of the religious groups on campus, for coordinating programming and planning discussion and Faith Week. Any interested student is welcome to attend the IFF Council meetings, as well as discussions.
IFF”s annual Faith Week offers programs, performances, discussions, and fellowship events to the campus community. Weekly themes are chosen to support the College’s annual theme, and have included “Human Rights Gets Spiritual,” “Reducing Stereotypes through Education,” and “Faith and Community.” In recent years, a closing Faith Week event at the Prayer and Meditation Retreat has included fellowship and games, including “World Religious Twister.”
“Our year-long service project with Stone Church allowed us to engage in interfaith service with student organizations I had never worked with before. I was also delighted that our efforts brought us closer to part of the Meadville community”
—Anulekha Venkatram, ‘13