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…

An “Old Soul” Promoting Interfaith

By Fulterius King, Better Together Interfaith Student Intern On February 3, 2016, I had the pleasure to share my personal journey of becoming a spiritualist at Coffee and Conversation at UNF Interfaith Center.  Co-members of Interfaith Center Better Together Leadership Development program attended along with UNF students and my Better Together mentors.  I was happy…

I am a Priestess: A Reflection on the Parliament of the World’s Religions

Over the last month and a half I have been trying to synthesize my thoughts on my experience at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions Gathering this past October. I have come to this simple conclusion. How do you describe the indescribable? According to the Parliament’s website, there were “30 major religions, approx. 550…

Diversity and Civil Space

By Fulterius King, Better Together Interfaith Leadership Program Intern On Wednesday, October 28th, The LGBT Resource Center and Interfaith Center at UNF co-hosted an event called “#TFWednesday.” This event is held on second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. The purpose of this event was to explain gender roles and gender identity from a cultural…

One Islam:Syria & Learning to be an Ally

By Matthew Potter A few weeks ago, I helped coordinate the Muslim Student Association’s first One Islam event of the semester. Our One Islam events serve to highlight the diversity of culture among Muslim people who, in my experience, are often perceived as a monolithic group. There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world and…

Shifting Secular Spectrums – A Conversation and Panel with Matthew Potter

By Kalilah Jamall, Student Coordinator Coffee and Conversations are one of the most valued events around the Interfaith Center. They are easily accessible, personal, and super interesting to participate in. You learn a lot about yourself and others by hearing about different perspectives of belief systems, and how they influence the people around us. Coffee…

Mindful Through the Times

I am a “Yes-woman.” I will say yes to just about any project that either involves interfaith activism or advocacy for the underprivileged, for those that are marginalized, or for the general common good.  Often times serving my community I would feel overwhelmed, physically spent, and emotionally drained because of the amount of work that…

Showing Up: A Trip to the Sulzbacher Center

By Lauren Mickler, Student Volunteer “I forgot how to play Four Square.” I told my friend Yalda as we scrambled to find another game to play. We were surrounded by screaming, laughing, fast elementary school kids at the Sulzbacher Center, which is a homeless shelter that not only houses women, children, and men but helps…

Cultural Competency Pursuit (CCP) 101 Reflection

By Fulterius King, Student Intern A cultural competency pursuit (CCP) course was held in the student union building on Friday, September 11.  Representatives from various offices on campus associated with Student Affairs discussed essential components related to cultural competency and skill.  Cultural competence is the ability to interact effectively with people from different cultural and…