Interfaith Work in Action

By Kathryn Nealey   Growing up with a Jewish step-father, I have participated in a few Seders over the years. A Seder is a Jewish feast that marks the beginning of Passover. The Jewish Student Union (JSU) and UNF Interfaith Center co-hosted a Freedom Seder on April 6th at UNF. This Seder, however, had a…

Lessons from Hiking the Appalachian Trail

By Lauren Mickler This spring break, I hiked the Appalachian Trail with Young Life at UNF. This was my first time backpacking anywhere, though certainly not my first time camping. I decided sort of last minute to go, so I didn’t have a lot of time to train for this physical challenge. We hiked at…

Sulzbacher Center Service Project

By Deqa Moussa Every semester, Better Together at UNF does a service project. This is an opportunity to give back to the community. Thanks to Better Together members Josef Kim and Sarah Rosen who coordinated the event, this semester we volunteered at the Sulzbacher Center in downtown Jacksonville. The Sulzbacher Center is the only comprehensive…

Sanctuary: An Interfaith Movement

By Sarah Rosen Beginning in the 1980s, Central Americans fled to U.S. borders in the thousands, escaping political repression and violence stemming from the civil wars in Guatemala and El Salvador as well as unrest in Nicaragua. As the immigrants fled, the Reagan administration was unwilling to grant these immigrants asylum, claiming them to be…

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…