Holi: The Festival of Colors

By Chelsea Licea, Interfaith Center Student Staff Holi, also known as “the festival of colors,” is a Hindu spring festival that is celebrated throughout India and Nepal. Holi celebrates the end of winter and the arrival of spring, along with the triumph of good over evil. Holi lasts for two days, and although it’s date…

E Pluribus Unum

By Cameron Garrett   Democracy, in its essence and genius, is imaginative love for and identification with a community with which, much of the time and in many ways, one may be in profound disagreement. -Marilynne Robinson, “Imagination and Community”   My name is Cameron Garrett, and I am ostensibly average.  Here’s how: I am…

Three Kings Day

For many Christians, the holiday season ends with December 25th or Christmas Day. But unbeknownst to many, there are several groups of Christians globally who celebrate into January for Epiphany or “Three Kings Day”. Traditionally celebrated on January 6th (and in some countries the first Sunday after January 1st) Three Kings Day is a day…

Post-Election Coffee and Conversation

Asking the right questions is essential to proactive facilitation of interfaith conversation. Before most Coffee and Conversations (our weekly small group discussion), I dedicate at least 15 focused minutes making sure the questions I ask will drive the conversation in a story-focused, worldview-oriented direction. But for our November 9th Coffee and Conversation, which fell the…

Rap & Religion

By Kalilah I looked up the definition of gospel, then a separate definition of rap. I connected the dots in my agnostic brain, and came out the other side with a new appreciation for what I have loved all my life. Allow me to (attempt to) explain. I’m not religious. I identify as agnostic to…

The Real MVP’s of UNF

by Triana Arguedas As students and staff were scrambling to travel home to avoid the storm plummeting through Jacksonville, was there really a doubt about whether there would be any damage to the campus? Did students think about the professors and faculty that also have families to go home to at the end of the…

The Power of Uncertainty

Submitted anonymously I don’t know. I literally don’t. I am, what some call, competitive. In class, I’m that guy who answers the professor’s questions, does the extra credit even though I don’t need to, and addresses class concerns that weren’t directed toward me. I like to show how much I know. Positive reinforcement encourages me…

Third Anniversary of the Sikh Gurudwara

by Sarah Rosen There are approximately 4,200 religions in the world, and an infinite number of world views. Sikhism is one of the many religions which I had known close to nothing about. The only thing I did know was that when I saw someone wearing a turban, they were likely Sikh. About a month…

Dine & Dialogue: Government in Religion

by Kathryn Nealey   Government is pretty complicated topic, and when you combine government and religion, it’s whole different ball game. Personally, I know next to nothing about politics, so I was going into the Dine and Dialogue on October 13th to expand my knowledge on government and religion. I am Christian, so I have…

Making It Work: Feminism and Catholicism

  by Lauren Mickler As a lady who identifies with the Catholic Church, it’s been difficult to reconcile my feminist identity with a strongly patriarchal religion. I grew up Catholic and always had a strong relationship with my God through prayer. I loved praying the rosary, and I was so proud of myself when I…

A Reflection on my time at the UNF Interfaith Center

by Clare Stern, UNF Senior   “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”~John Quincy Adams   When I first heard these words I was sitting in my living room watching a speech given by one of Jacksonville’s circuit court judges. These words bring three things to my mind:…

i-Dinner Freedom Seder

By Triana Arguedas, Interfaith Center Jewish Student Liaison and President of UNF Jewish Student Union This year, the Interfaith Center was fortunate enough to have received outside donations from the Jewish community in Jacksonville for amazing events and student leadership opportunities. Among those leadership opportunities, I interviewed for the new position of Jewish Student Liaison…